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TAMIL SONGS REVIEW
SOODHU KAVVUM SONGS REVIEW
Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Mar 27,2013
Cast: Sanchita Shetty, Vijay Sethupathi
Direction: Nalan Kumarasamy
Screenplay: Nalan Kumarasamy
Story: Nalan Kumarasamy
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
Background score: Santhosh Narayanan
Dialogues: Nalan Kumarasamy
Editing: Leo John Paul
Stunt choreography: Billa Jagan
Dance choreography: Shobi
Singers: Andony Dasan, Andrea Jeremiah, Chinna, Divya Ramani, Gana Bala, Ganesh Kumar B, Kovai Jaleel, Rob Mas
Lyrics : Gana Bala, Ganesh Kumar B, Hip Hop Tamizha Adhi, Muthamil, Nalan Kumarasamy, RR
Music director Santosh Narayan extends his service for yet another C.V. Kumar production after Attakathi and Pizza. Soodhu Kavvum is directed by debutant Nalan Kumarasamy and stars Vijay Sethupathi and Sanchita Shetty in the lead.
The song opens with a spoken word instruction to prepare some odd concoction that is probably unsafe to consume. Thankfully it is interrupted by a gangsta-rap groove that breaks in with its mainstay chorus which is fairly infectious. Ganesh Kumar and Chinna sing in harmony trying to maintain their pitch and balance. Santosh Narayan shows off his skills as a talented sequencer by cheekily throwing in vocal samples and bits of mimicry without disrupting the flow of the tune.
A tune that is tailor-made for a fun-on-the-run moment and the lyrics too could hint at the same. Musically the track is reminiscent of the Swing Revival movement of the early 90s and features some classy playing by the musicians. Andrea Jeremiah owns the song entirely and shows of her vocal prowess. Santosh Narayan does well to recreate the template but does little else to take the song forward.
The galloping metronome cues you up for the old timey number from a bygone era of Tamil cinema. The music director plays all the right chords to recreate the nostalgic feeling by processing the vocals to the right effect, the singer’s articulation and nuances, the choice of instruments and its orchestration and finally the morally righteous lyrics.
The song is predominately an instrumental with a repetitive dance groove. The sequencing is rather predictable as the layers are introduced with a precision. The vocals make a namesake appearance towards the fag end of the tune whose purpose might be enhanced onscreen.
This sort of melancholic tune is beginning to become a staple part of Santosh Narayan’s soundtrack. He employs the full services of The Studio Orchestra of Sydney, even if the tune is less than two minutes in duration. The symphony arrangement gives a slo-mo effect and the track is reminiscent of something from Sound of Music.
Gana Bala and Andony Dasan play the satirical ‘cool dudes’ for an electronically programmed tune that’s Daft Punk-like. While the track sets you up nicely for something that could be hilariously enjoyable, its potential is diffused with its repetitive nature hampering any sort of progression.
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