While Ee Kadalinu Kolu has many things that are instantly identifiable with composer Vidyasagar (right from that dreamy opening sequence) but there is also so much more that is pleasantly refreshing; the distinctly western flavour brought in by the jazz-y drums rhythm and the accordion that keeps making its presence throughout the song, just to name two of the highlights. And on vocals we have a combination not seen often of late, Yesudas and Sujatha, sounding lovely as ever. Even the sea shanty Kavil carries a dominant European sound about it, and depends a lot on the vocalists – both lead and backing – all of whom are spot on (Kaavaalam Sreekumar and Najeem Arshad the lead singers) with their musical rendition of the story penned very well by Santhosh Varma; particularly liked the description of foreigners as “people who resemble images on playing cards”. Building on a waltz-based rhythm, Vidyasagar produces a sweet Christmas-themed piece in Swargam Thurannu, featuring a lot of happy festive sounds and an excellently employed chorus. The final song Mekkarayil too starts sounding like a prayer before getting into an engaging dance track mode, albeit in a very trademark Vidyasagar way, making this the weaker song of the soundtrack. Wonderful singing by Ranjini Jose and Jithin nevertheless.
Mariyam Mukku is the best that composer Vidyasagar has sounded in a long time.