Thursday, October 9, 2008

Varanam Aayiram Music Review

Varanam Ayiram is one album that had huge expectations as it is from the Surya - Harris Jeyaraj - Gautham Menon combination. After their earlier blockbuster in Kaakha Kaakha which had chartbuster songs and the last Surya - Harris Jeyaraj venture Ghajini, another blockbuster, they have come together yet again and from what we can make out from the trailer, they have a winner again. The album, after Harris Jeyaraj's repetive stuff in his earlier movies does come as a breath of fresh air and as usual, Harris has given his best for  Gautham Menon. In all their albums, they have a third and a lesser known teammate in Thaamarai, the lyricist who again has done an exceedingly good job here as well ! Starring Surya, as the male lead and with Simran, on a comeback trail, Sameera Reddy and Divya Spandana playing his love interests, the movie is set for a Diwali release.

Adiyae Kolluthey : Krish, Benny Dayal, Shruthi Hassan 

Good Composition this from Harris Jeyaraj. Especially the guitar bits, which sound inspired, from what I've read so far in other reviews. This is Shruti Hassan's debut song in Tamil. Thamarai's lyrics are good as in any Gautham Menon movie. The song is full of energy. As in any Harris Jeyaraj Composition, the song has an already heard feel to it at places. It does sound very similar to Endrendrum Punnagai from Alaipayuthey in some places, especially at the start. But the good sound engineer that Harris is, has managed to add a few loops here and there to overshadow the resemblances.

Annul Melae : Sudha Raghunathan
The usual Bombay Jayashree song in HJ-GM movies is this time done by Sudha Raghunathan. Last time around in Pachai Kili Muthu Charam as well, HJ had tried using Madhushree for this kind of song but since Gautham insisted, had Bombay Jayashree sing a much better sounding version. This time there's just one, but very good song from Sudha Raghunathan. With the carnatic twinge, she's done a wonderful job in the song, making a simple tune sound very good.She simply lifts the song to another level.

Ava Enna : Karthik, V.Prasanna

Unique choice of voice for a gaana-ish song - Karthik. The lyrics sound very much pathos like. Karthik's soft vocals add a lot of pleasantness to the song. With a very catchy tune, this song is sure to be on the favourites list of many people.The first folkish number in his movies as GM pointed out in one of his interviews.

Munthinam Paarthen : Naresh Iyer, Prashanthini
The song starts of with Surya proposing to Malini (one of the three love interests in the movie) after which Naresh Iyer's soothing vocals take over. Thamarai's wonderful lyrics add more spice to the song. This song is tailor made for Naresh Iyer. No one else but him could have pulled this off so well. Prashanthini's high pitched voice sounds different. Probably some one else could have done a better job. My personal favourite in the album.

Nenjukkul Peidhidum: Hariharan, Devan, Prasanna

Another pleasant Song with minimal music at most places. A typical Harris Jeyaraj melody with the now usual good lyrics from Thamarai, who as usual has given her best for Gautham Menon. A tad too long stretching more than 6 minutes. Unless well picturised, this is sure to get people bored in the theaters.

Oh Shanthi Shanthi : Clinton, S.P.B.Charan
The faster/remixed version of 'Nenjukkul Peidhidum'. Both Clinton and S.P.B. Charan are  more than adequate. The chorus Oh Shanthi Shanthi sounds more attractive here than in the slower version of the song. Clinton is very enthusiastic in his singing and this is one of SPB Charan's better songs IMO.

Yethi Yethi : Benny Dayal, Solar Sai, Naresh Iyer
Benny Dayal has once again proved that he's a very versatile singer. After a dream debut in Azhagiya Tamil Magan with AR Rahman, he is quickly going places. The song prasing the Hero in the album or that's at least what I made out from the lyrics, but this one is not the usual Thaara Thapatta typical Kollywood-ish song. This one must be a part of Surya's college/school days, being used to push the flashback a bit faster from what the lyrics go on and on about. Another song which ha been sung with a lot of gusto by the singers. The song is full of energy. From what I can make out, this is the song for which Na.Muthukumar wrote the lyrics, as they sound so Un-Thamarai-ish. (Whatever that means !)

Verdict : One of the best albums of the year, if not the best. With a lot of variety, good voice selection in most songs, good music and engineering (:p), Harris Jeyaraj sure has another winner here to add to his burgeoning list of chart busters.

Rating : 9.5/10 
If only Harris could stop his habit of re-hashing old hit songs of his of ARRs or lifting directly from English albums .. .. 

1 comment:

GAYATHRI said...

i thought adiye kolludhey reminds june ponaal at many places nd evn tat mundhinam paathen reminds me of mudhal naal i couldn decide whther i lik the songs or not..time has to answer:)