Magalir Mattum – Music Review (Tamil Soundtrack)

Songs at the end.

Composer Ghibran offers three short, peppy tracks to the movie’s three leading ladies (apart from Jyothika). Bhanupriya seems to be the most musically inclined of the three, doing a fairly neat job in Karu Karunnu alongside Namitha and Gold Devaraj. Saranya Ponvannan’s Time Passukkosaram is the most fun though, with its Tamil-Telugu lyrics, the wacky employment of typewriter for percussion, to go with the typewriter theme (for the uninitiated, “asdfgf ;lkjhj” is generally the opening lesson in typewriting – though here they have replaced semicolon with colon, presumably to suit the metre) etc. Urvashi is also joined by Namitha and Gold Devaraj in her song, Carratu Pottazhagaa. Lovely violin solos rule the cheery country style Gubu Gubu Gubu sung by yet another actor Karthi (presumably on account of his brother and sister-in-law’s association with the movie). Decent singing by the man too, his style is a great fit for the song’s flippant vibe.

Ironically, it is a song sung by an actual singer that sounds off. Padmalatha seems to be singing at an uncomfortably high pitch in Ghandhari Yaaro and given that she is the lead singer (Anurag Kulkarni playing chorus), it makes the otherwise neatly constructed song an awkward listen. Ghibran’s short take on Damadam Mast Qalandar (possibly the first in Tamil film music?) titled Bullet Song is the soundtrack’s weakest though, despite an energetic effort from Chennai Qawwali Kids and Yazin Nizar. A song that might have done better justice to the title Bullet Song is Adi Vaadi Thimira, a breezy rock flavoured song featuring a nifty addition in the form of shehnai/naadaswaram. Fine singing by Gold Devaraj as well. And the instrumental Magalir Mattum Theme is a beauty – a lush Western orchestral (and Raja-evocative) piece that features some fabulous violins and flute.

Magalir Mattum. Thoroughly engaging soundtrack from Ghibran, possibly his best since Uttama Villain.

Music Aloud Rating: 3.5/5

Top Recos: Magalir Mattum Theme, Gubu Gubu Gubu, Adi Vaadi Thimira

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