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2 Music reviews: City of God and China Town

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City of God
Sometimes when you listen to songs of a movie you might get an idea about the storyline of the movie.  City of God has Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam songs. So there are a few possibilities here. 1)Story could be happening in Tamil Nadu-Uttar Pradesh Border or 2)It might be a story of  two brothers who got separated in child hood – One grew up in UP and other grew up in TN and finally they meet in Kerala. 3) one or more heroines could be North Indian.
With that said, most of the songs in this movie are average. Music director Prashant Pillai doesa lot of experimentation. Some of the songs have an ARR influence. The pick of this album is the song Kaalangal. We found that the prelude was magical and Preeti Pillai’s voice mesmerising. The only complaint is that the BGM seems to be over-engineered.
Betabi is a Hindi song. When listening to it you are reminded of various Sukhwinder Singh/ARR songs, but all with a Malayalam accent. This song is worth one aspirin tablet.
Praayam 17, if the tune of this song doesn’t kill you, lyrics definitely would. To give the readers an idea about this song, think Silsila Hai Silsila. It starts as Malayalam song, slowly morphs into Tamil or something in between. Another distinction is that it starts like a Quawwali. It is as if there were different music directors for each minute. But unfortunately, this song is like the Moser Baer advertisment. It sticks to your brain and does not let go.
Jeevitham, has bad lyrics, meaning the words chosen are not musical or lyrical or poetic. This song is ARR affected.
Nee Akalayano sounded like a typical album song. Till 1:20, we have no clue what the song is. But the song picks up into a graceful rythm and moves into a pleasant region. Then it moves into irritating territory with the English lyrics sung with a Malayali accent (listen to how “binding me” is pronounced”). What saves the song is the amazing chorus. Finally when the female voice goes “naa naa” as if someone is choking her, it helps erase the memory of the song.
Annan Sonna is your obligatory dappankuthu song. Nothing remarkable about this except for the cycle bell sound which comes intermittently.  Annan Sonna even has a Chicago Jazz club version which is a daring attempt. Well, after all of the above, why not. This too has the obligatory cycle bell sound.
China Town
This is a decent album. It was composed by Jassie Gift and is based on the tunes for Balram vs Taradas which was composed again by Jassie Gift.
Pick of this album is Arike Ninnalum. Sung by MG Sreekumar and Chitra. Chitra is magical in this beautiful melody. Tune reminded us of Neela Thadakangale of BvT. Sreekumar is not able to do justice. His voice is really feeble and we wish Yesudas or Sudeep Kumar sang the male voice.
Innu Penninu Sindoora Naal (Jassie, Manjari, Afsal) is  very similar to Mathapoo of BvT minus Rimi Tomi. The chorus part sounded as if it was borrowed from ARRs Dil se song, the part which MG Sreekumar sings. We usually don’t hear Manjari singing foot tapping numbers and that was a surprise.
Mohapattam is another hearty peppy number  and even has a rap interlude. Sung by Jassie, Afsal etc. Aarannu Koottu has two versions. One version is sung by Kavalam Sreekumar, is in folk style. We liked it very much. The other version is sung by Pradeep Palluruthy, Jassie, Afsal etc. This sounds like a dance number and is not very exceptional, but tolerable.

City of God

Sometimes when you listen to songs of a movie you might get an idea about the storyline of the movie.  City of God has Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam songs. So there are a few possibilities here. 1)Story could be happening in Tamil Nadu-Uttar Pradesh Border or 2)It might be a story of  two brothers who got separated in child hood – One grew up in UP and other grew up in TN and finally they meet in Kerala. 3) one of the heorine  could be North Indian and other one Tamilian.

With that said, most of the songs in this movie are average. Music director Prashant Pillai does a lot of experimentation. Some of the songs have an ARR influence. The pick of this album is the song Kaalangal. We found that the prelude was magical and Preeti Pillai’s voice mesmerising. The only complaint is that the BGM seems to be over-engineered.

Betabi is a Hindi song. When listening to it you are reminded of various Sukhwinder Singh/ARR songs, but all with a Malayalam accent. This song is worth one aspirin tablet.

Praayam 17, if the tune of this song doesn’t kill you, lyrics definitely would. To give the readers an idea about this song, think Silsila Hai Silsila. It starts as Malayalam song, slowly morphs into Tamil or something in between.  Another distinction is that it starts like a Quawwali. It is as if there were different music directors for each minute. But unfortunately, this song is like the Moser Baer advertisment. It sticks to your brain and does not let go.

Jeevitham, has bad lyrics, meaning the words chosen are not musical or lyrical or poetic. This song is ARR affected.

Nee Akalayano sounded like a typical album song in the beginning. Till 1:20, we have no clue what the song is. But the song picks up into a graceful rythm and moves into a pleasant region. Then it moves into irritating territory with the English lyrics sung with a Malayali accent (listen to how “binding me” is pronounced). What saves the song is the amazing chorus. Finally when the female voice goes “naa naa” as if someone is choking her, it helps erase the memory of the song.

Annan Sonna is your obligatory dappankuthu song. Nothing remarkable about this except for the cycle bell sound which comes intermittently.  Annan Sonna even has a Chicago Jazz club version which is a daring attempt. Well, after all of the above, why not. This too has the obligatory cycle bell sound.

China Town

This is a decent album. It was composed by Jassie Gift and is based on the tunes for Balram vs Taradas which was composed again by Jassie Gift.

Pick of this album is Arike Ninnalum. Sung by MG Sreekumar and Chitra. Chitra is magical in this beautiful melody. Tune reminded us of Neela Thadakangale of BvT.  Sreekumar is not able to do justice. His voice is really feeble and we wish Yesudas or Sudeep Kumar sang the male voice.

Innu Penninu Sindoora Naal (Jassie, Manjari, Afsal) is  very similar to Mathapoo of BvT minus Rimi Tomi.  The chorus part sounded as if it was borrowed from ARRs Dil se song, the part which MG Sreekumar sings. We usually don’t hear Manjari singing foot tapping numbers and that was a surprise.

Mohapattam is another hearty peppy number  and even has a rap interlude. Sung by Jassie, Afsal etc.

Aarannu Koottu has two versions. One version is sung by Kavalam Sreekumar, is in folk style. We liked it very much. The other version is sung by Pradeep Palluruthy, Jassie, Afsal etc. This sounds like a dance number and is not very exceptional, but tolerable.

2 Comments

  1. City of God is an awful soundtrack…it’s not ARR influrnced at all…if it were, it wouldn’t suck!..lol

    China Town is pretty good….same w/ Christian Brothers

    but forget all those….Urumi is what you guys need to review…it’s a fan-fuckin-tastic album!…didn’t know Deepak could compose a period score like that!

  2. Both the soundtracks suck . . . It s like a version of Silsila Hai Silsila – only , this one was engineered by Jassie Gift . .

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