scores again with style
Vilaiyadu starring Kamal Haasan and Jyotika has some good restrained
music which in turn lilts, moves, touches and pleases
Music: Harris Jeyaraj
Kamal Haasan and Jyotika, this film has the almost mandatory Bombay
Jayshri song. Why mandatory? Because
it has music by Harris Jeyaraj of course. And ever since she gave
him his first hit with that hypnotisingly tender Vaseegara
in Minnale, he has been
faithful. His last hit Ghajini
had a hit duet Suttum vizhi sudare featuring her and Sriram Parasuram (Anuradha
Sriramís husband and the man behind the band Three Brothers and a
first track Karka, Karka by Devan, Tipu, Nakul and Andrea is slick, with clean
guitar riffs which back the song with ripples of refreshing water.
The track is efficiently rendered and the lyrics by Thamarai paint a
picture of a courageous man who can go about life with a pocketful
of rye, sorry death. The interludes are short and to the point. The
change in chord which takes you from the interlude to the stanza is
very pleasant. Thereís very good rap by Top
Dollar, Lil Curry Fizz, Akhenaton, US. If Blazeís rap has you no
longer rapping along, then this will get you sitting up.
is by Bombay Jayashri and Unni Menon. Harris tries to recapture the
feel of his Ghajini hit,
pairing a heavy classical male voice with a not so conventional
classically trained female voice. The old worldly clip clop of horse
hooves along with the harmonica evoke a cowboy western feel and take
you back at least half a decade. The whole track is quiet in
comparison to the very noisy, a-change-a-minute music in vogue
today. Charmingly old fashioned and dripping sentimental!
is a Hariharan, Vijay and Nakul number. The romantic allusion to the
moon and her battalion of stars is nicely worked into an
unsentimental musical world. No
typical soaring string section or distant ambient sequences. The
song is also not usual in form. It has a stanza and chorus portion
which gets repeated four times with a bridge portion which takes off
and lands you back soon in the song. The change is in what the
guitars do. First time, lovely, far spaced riffs, second repetition,
the electric guitar with its slaps packing a punch along with the
clean guitar wahs and splashes, third time around it has the
distorted guitar picking up more energy. The last time, voices ad
lib on the chorus. The lead on the interlude is cool. The fat bass
and the beat is reminiscent of Rahmanís Endrendrum
Punnagai from Alai Payuthe.
and Srinivas sing the romantic Uyirile.
While the opening lines are sedate and not very inspiring, itís
the stanzas which touch you with their melodic structure. Nothing
outstanding where arrangement is concerned or the vocals which are
efficient but not more. The lyrics with their images of distant love
and the difficulties of getting together are perfectly in tune with
the piano heavy arrangement till the second interlude where the
dramatic strings take over. On
the last stanza the strings play lovely chords on Srinivas singing Va
vandu ennai serndu vidu, en tholgalil serndu vidu. Thatís the
best part of this song.
Solar Sai and Sowyma Raoh, who first made it big singing for Sandeep
Chowta, sings the hot
Neruppae. The Arabic inflections seem to be thrown into the song
just to make it interesting, but donít seem to actually belong
there. The joys of playing with fire is distilled into this one!
album you definitely want to buy, if you enjoy nice wholesome music
which flows, which doesnít inflict pain on your ear drums, and
where even the hot number (lyrically speaking) is restrained. Go
play, forget the hunt!
S Suchitra Lata
Published on 18
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