Review By : Album Release Date : Mar 26,2016

Production: M Senthil Kumar Cast: Jiiva, Nayanthara Direction: P.S.Sambath Screenplay: P.S.Sambath Story: P.S.Sambath

Song: Pazhaya Soru 
Singers: Ranjith, Namitha
Lyrics: Jeevan Mayil 

An eerie yet melodious solo marks the beginnings of this interesting album. The song attempts to bring an analogy between Spanish guitar and folk songs of Tamil Nadu. Ranjith delivers a velvety performance with his riveting vocals and joined perfectly by Namitha. The usage of ghatam gives a native feel throughout the composition. A very special mention should be made for Jeevan Mayil’s lyrics which have peppiness associated with it. 

Song: Thittadhae

Singers: Grace Karunas

Lyrics: Jeevan Mayil

A sudden sojourn occurs with an impressive item song but having strong carnatic roots with unavoidable shades of Raaga Mayamalagowla. Grace Karunas’ sultry vocals set the perfect mood for a gripping number. The funky bass work and brilliant rhythm section is quite brilliant to hear. The rasping guitar give an ambience of a late night party over the seashore. 

Song: Karisa Kattu 
Singer: Abhai Jodhpurkar
Lyrics: Jeevan Mayil 

Now it is time for Abhay Jodhpurkar’s magical voice in the midst of breezy ambience loosely based on the mesmerizing raga Keeravani. The song is Abhay’s show altogether and the ominous guitars and chorus is tantalizing as well.  The song is also rightfully supported by a recurring saxophone which has a folk dimension. 

Song: Thandhayum

Singer: S Janaki
Lyrics: Muthu Vijayan

An emotionally compelling lullaby arrives next in the legendary voice of S.Janaki herself. The mellowed guitars and bass work is amazingly presented and the lead vocals of Janaki prove yet again why she is the most expressive playback singers of all time. The song would take the listeners to the yesteryear Ilaiyaraaja slow jam melodies. 

Song: Ore Oru Vaanam

Singers: Mahalakshmi Iyer, Sakthi Shree Gopalan
Lyrics: Jeevan Mayil

The poetically philosophical feel is retained with another fantastic number this time from Shaktisree Gopalan- another talented singer in the club. Despite the de-ja-vu of 90s melodies, it is the singers Mahalakshmi Iyer and Shaktisree who make a world of difference altogether. The usage of folk instruments in the interludes makes a lasting impact on the listener. Watch out for the adventurous guitar strums throughout the composition! 

Song: Hey Chinna Chinna

Singers: D.Imman, Velmurugan
Lyrics: P.S. Ramnath  

A fun filled dance number with folk flavors strike a well-timed finale. The usage of a classy instrument like harmonica in a folk song of this sort is indeed a good move by the composer. The interludes are equipped with convincing symphony touches and one can hear the mélange of trumpets as well as nadaswaram!

Verdict: Thirunaal is a melodious album from Srikanth Deva. Despite its resemblance to 90s albums, the selection of right playback singers and impressive orchestration made all the difference!
( 2.25 / 5.0 )


Thirunaal (aka) Thirunaal

Thirunaal (aka) Thirunaal is a Tamil movie with production by M Senthil Kumar, direction by P.S.Sambath. The cast of Thirunaal (aka) Thirunaal includes Jiiva, Nayanthara.