Kabali (Music review), Tamil – Santhosh Narayanan

Ananthu, Santhosh and Gana Bala are at their harmonious best in the bombastic opener, Ulagam oruvanukka! Roshan Jamrock’s rap verses around Kabali Swag add to the pulsating number’s impact. Gana Bala headlines Veera thurandhara in a way that is very unlike his usual style! It is a curiously alluring mix of Vikram’s title song (!) and a highly engaging Bond theme song that is sung by a man, for a change! Lawrence and Pradeep Kumar complete the backing vocals, with the latter also taking on the acoustic guitars to impressive effect. Maya nadhi is trademark Santhosh – that brilliant guitar backing by Keba Jeremiah, even more impressive strings by Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, stellar vocals by Ananthu, Pradeep and Swetha Mohan… and a typically unusual tune that is bent on going in unexpected directions! Pradeep leads the somber and introspective Vaanam paarthen that gains tremendously from his guitaring, Vishnu’s flute and the mesmerizing strings and chorus backing. The soundtrack’s towering highlight is Neruppu da, a scorching theme song that Arunraja Kamaraj completely rocks! Jhanu Chantar’s electric guitar wails in sync with Tapass Naresh’s drums to create a hypnotic effect! Santhosh retains his signature style to produce a fantastic Rajini soundtrack!
Keywords: Kabali, Santhosh Narayanan, 200, #200
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