Romantic campus flicks are always the best genres for a relatively fresh music director to make a safe landing into filmdom. We had seen many of them doing so in the past, and here in 'Dr. Love' we have Vinu Thomas doing the same with an apt mix of melodious and foot tapping numbers. With an evident signature of a musician who is here to stay, Vinu's tracks for 'Dr Love' offers a pleasant hearing all through. Using the ensemble voices of younger singers, Vinu excels in his orchestra arrangements and soft tunes, with an able support in interesting lyrics by Vayalar Sharath.
'Palappoo-..' The album opens with Najim Arshad's sweet voice and the Carnatic violin backing which is the highlight of this romantic melody, made as a signature music of the movie. A stunningly simple and imaginative tune, adorned with beautiful classical violin interludes.
'Nannaavoola'- This is a peppy teasing number with heavy beats, using the voices of Renjith, Benny Dayal, Vinu Thomas, Anju Joseph and chorus of Kids. And the song lives up to the expectations of its title, with very first class dance music arrangement. Reminding the 'Raakshasy'(Nammal) and 'Vaaleduthaal' (Meesa Madhavan) tracks, the song has a very dancy groove to it. Though the breezy arrangement does remind of the composers prior works including 'Of the people', the chorus track and tempo makes for a fairly good track.
'Ninnodenikkulla'-.. It is almost like a poem, backed by western piano. Composed in kaappi raagam, the soft song is soulfully rendered by Riyaa Raju, who has succeeded in giving the right feel to the a lullaby-ish melody....Though minimal, the background is imaginatively done and the song is sure to last long in the list of full of life tracks with the most beautiful, poignant lyrics on love.
'Aakasham doore-. This is the stage show song in the movie. The music director has used maximum live instruments including Tabla and tried to give a unusual sounding to get a stage feel. Najim Arshad and Vivekanandhan competes to give the best for the song with a spirited arrangement. The settings of the track, especially the chorus and arrangements in the interludes, is bound to remind one of Rahman of yore, and is equally invigorating. The composer round it off with a stunning orchestral- Hindustani chorus buildup.
'Ormakal..' This is a soft track appearing in the climax area of the movie.A soft song with that nostalgic feel all over it, it has a wonderful interplay between guitar and the flute section.....Rendered poignantly by Karthick, this slow song has a catchy hook, that definitely caters to listeners of soft songs.
'Avanalle'- The racy rock-based song offers a wonderful listen, primarily for the exuberant, lively voices of Renjith , Franco, Balu Thankachan,Vipin Xavier, C J Kuttappan, Namitha and Vinith. Basically a mix of hip hop and rap with catchy arrangement and beats, the composer cleverly employs instruments and voices. Even you find Naadan pattu maestro C J Kuttappan , in a short folkish interlude. Built on a smartly adapted rock-and-roll template, it is a pity that you can't figure the song in the movie.
'Kai Onna'- The track opens with C J Kuttapan's dohe' followed by Bhangra beats and then Vineeth Sreenivasan,and Rimi Tomy take over the proceedings .The song with some of nonsensical lyrics, follow the likes of some Jassie Gift songs in orchestration patterns. The interludes of harmonica, and violin are the brilliant part for this average song.
All in all, the music of 'Dr Love' will help its composer Vinu Thomas to earn a name for himself that he has narrowly missed out with his early attempts like 'Of the people' and 'Not out' which didn't fare well, though with good music. 'Dr Love' with its interesting campus notes and chords is a definite prescription, for lovers of trendy and melodious music.