Heaviness delivered with subtlety. A pleasing OST.
Santosh Narayanan doesn't go all the way in Kabali, but he does make sure that the ride is worthwhile. The album has been spread out as something within the composer's range, rather than playing to the gallery with the Thalaivar tag. Long story short, this is quieter and subtle stuff which gets the job done.
Cast: Rajinikanth, Dhansika, Radhika Apte, Dinesh, Kalaiarasan, Nassar, John Vijay, Kishore
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
Lyrics: Uma Devi, Kabilan, Arunraja Kamaraj
Director: Pa Ranjith
Producer: Kalaipuli S Thanu
Label: Think Music India
Ulagam Oruvanukka: Singers – Ananthu, Santosh Narayanan, Gaana Bala
In this celebratory introduction number, the backdrop is lifted from Santosh Narayanan’s earlier Ranjith combination, but everything else sits in place comfortably. It’s quite nice as to how Santosh deals with the much awaited first song, audaciously opting to go without SPB or even a catchy punchline. Glorifying visuals and dance packed in, this should be a treat onscreen.
Maya Nadhi: Singers – Ananthu, Pradeep Kumar, Swetha Mohan
Melody comes in, and Santosh decides to keep it absolutely simple without experimenting above the bar. Pradeep Kumar is in spectacular form here as he creates the mood with ease, with Shweta Mohan offering great support. A must-listen this, goes on to become our first PICK.
Veera Thurandhara: Singers – Gaana Bala, Lawrence, Pradeep Kumar
Santosh Narayanan now shifts to innovation mode, in a track which jumps between blowing hot and cold. The rap portions are well drawn out, but on the other hand, Gaana Bala’s lines slightly nullify things. Overall, a passable new try.
Vaanam Paarthen: Singer – Pradeep Kumar
Pathos sound from the Pradeep – Santosh combo again, in line with their earlier products. Completely minimalistic in its arrangement, offering some speciality and is soothing as well. Our PICK.
Neruppu Da: Singer – Arunraja Kamaraj
Arunraja Kamaraj comes to the fore to deliver an absolutely fiery theme track for the Superstar. It is accessible, goosebump-inducing and has enough of horns and whistles which we are getting accustomed to lately. The idea of infusing Rajinikanth’s dialogues is belligerent, to say the least. Our PICK.
Kabali Songs Review: 3.25/5
Written By: Siddarth Srinivas