Songs at the end.
The four song soundtrack of Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol is divided equally between two composers who had a fairly quiet 2016 (but in which they did deliver one ace soundtrack each) – Bijibal and M Jayachandran. Bijibal himself sings his first song, a sprightly little ditty called Maarivillu Mannil Neytha that goes through some interesting twists and turns on its way. Oru Puzhayarikil is even better, a melody that takes one back to Malayalam music of the 80s/90s that is aced by Swetha Mohan. Bijibal on his part does a fine job with the arrangement as well, the song especially takes off during the interludes in a lush combination of violins, tabla, flute and sitar.
M Jayachandran’s first song Punnamada Kaayal comes across as something of an analogue to Chinnamma Adi from Oppam (which I find overrated), with its video shot in the backwaters and of course the presence of Lal. And I find this song a way more entertaining affair, lyrically (Madhu Vasudevan) and musically, except for that Spanish inclusion towards the end. Jithin Raj’s doesn’t quite seem to fit the actor’s persona though. Jayachandran gets his favourite singer for his best song of the soundtrack, and as expected Shreya Ghoshal sounds fab in Athimara Kombile, singing alongside Vijay Yesudas. Lovely melody once again, and the composer gives it a wonderful treatment.
They may have had a lean period last year (actually M Jayachandran has had a generally lean period for a while now) but Bijibal and M Jayachandran have a lot more to offer, as adequately proven by Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol’s soundtrack.
Music Aloud Rating: 3.5/5
Top Recos: Oru Puzhayarikil, Athimara Kombile, Maarivillu Mannil