Starring Prashant and
Sneha, this love story sees Deva donning new musical robes. Moving
away from his folk-pop style he is patching together music from so
many diverse sources that you might find this album a real
Krishnaraj and Deva sing the Tamil folk bits
Enga ooru santhayile, Otharuva pottukulle, Katkatkattai, Enna achudi and Mama
ponnu patha. These bits flow cohesively with the bass guitar and the rhythm.
Thuduk thuduk by Unnimenon and Nijama nijama by Sadhana Sargam and Tippu
are the meeting points for the ghatam, the thavil, deep Western
rhythm and bass, the banjo, Western classical violin ensemble style
phrases, Arabian-Tamil folk, and the Hindustani tarana. Fashionable
but requires a little more flair to make it stand out. Tipu sounds
intense and makes a difference from voices like SPB and Hariharan:
he's got ease and isn't overanxious with his expression.
Pathala pathala is by Ceylon Manohar
and Subha (who sing the Tamil folk parts) and Unnikrishnan and Saisan
(who sing the ballad-style parts). Moving
away from the usual pallavi-charana structure, this tune alternates
between the folk song and the ballad, perhaps to suit
the situation. Unnikrishan renders the ballad's tender catch line
Ido vandenamma with restrained melancholy. The strains of the sarangi and the very European accordion catch your attention.
Athili puthili by Vasundhara Das
you of Hollywood musicals where the song flows in the
middle of dramatic situations. Vasundhara's
voice loses body in the higher notes. This song has a
variety of beats, and changes pace and singing style -- from low and warm
to high and cheerful. The refrain of Ramayya, a Sri Lankan song popular in the '70s,
forms one of the myriad parts of this number.
Hariharan and Sophy Sathish
sing Kombu mulaitha muyale. This is probably the only song with traces of the
earlier Deva. If this is the first time Deva has gone some distance
in creating a new style, the second time round listeners should
be able to make out if this was just lack of
inspiration or the beginning of a new avatar.