Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dasavatharam Music Review

Music of the much awaited movie of the year Dasavatharam is out. Himesh Reshmiyaa has composed music for this album. Is he able to create the same magic (??? ha ha) which he creates in Bollywood? Does this album stand out? Lets have a quick review on the songs of Dasavatharam.

Dasavatharam is like any other Ulaga Nayagan’s movie whose songs may not go well with masses.

Hariharan’s amazing vocals add charm to "Kallai mattum kandal" song. The songs starts with a slow-paced “Om Namo Narayanaya” wordings followed by a famous Aazhwar song “Pallandu pallandu”. Am very much thrilled to watch this song in screen. With heavy beats and instruments, the noisy disco song "Ka...karuppanukku" does not impress you much. Vairamuthu has penned some differnet lyrics for this song which are quite unclear at times. "September 11-il twin tower saaindhadhu, en tower saayavillai” lines would surely bring smile on youngsters' face. The peppy number with strong Hindi flavor in beats and tune, "Oh Oh Sanam", sung by Nayagan himself. This one is worth listening. This song strongly reminds me of Composer's hindi song Aa Aashiqi Me Meri from 36 China Town.

Sadhana Sargam's unparalleled vocals certainly adds more value to "Mukuntha Mukuntha", the song that saves the album from being rated as a Bad album. Predominent beats could have been avoided to add more divinity to this song. This one is certainly a good number from Himesh. Old lady’s (I guess, its Kamal's voice) rendition towards the end of the song is noteworthy.

The fast "Ulaga Nayagane" song is just like any other beat song in Vijay or Simbu's movie. Neither does it impress, nor does it irritate the listener. But the Vairamuthu 's lyrics are quite laudable. Lyrics that emphasize on Ulaga Nayagan’s journey in Tamil Cinema. Lines such as “5 mudhal nee aadi vandhalum, oxygen kuraivadhillai, Oscar dhooram illai”, “Ai.Na (UN) will call you back” etc. are treat to Kamal Fans. Remix version of "Oh Oh Sanam" sung by composer himself would do nothing but occupying space in your ipod/mp3/disc. Better avoid it.

Verdict of Vidhya:
A mediocre album that certainly fails to live up to the expectations. A big letdown.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Favorite Music Directors

Here is the list of my favorite music directors. This is list is in the order of my preference.
Ilayaraja - Forever

The GOD, Genius, Lord, Maestro, innovation, creativity are the words that can describe this talent to some extent, if not fully. Words fail me if I have to write about this Lord. I don't know how many of you know this fact. This genius has invented a new Raga called "Panchamukhi". His "Rakkamma" song in Thalapathi stayed in BBC World's top ten compositions for a long time. This man deserves at least 10 National Awards for the works he has done ever since Annakili. But has got only three awards. Of Course, National Awards are nothing but Bollywood Awards. They very rarely choose Tamil, Telugu music dir/singers as best.

A.R.Rehman - Trend Setter
Isai Puyal who took Tamil Film music to next level is popular arcoss the global. He was the one who set the trend of composing songs using technology (Eg. Synthesizer) and Software in Tamil. Has bagged so many awards in his career. He brought in a new style of melody songs which is even more softer, slower paced than a standard melody. Kannil midhakkum kanava nee, azage sugama are pretty good examples. His Vandhe madharam is a master piece.

Yuvan Shankar Raja - Creative Thinker
The youngest raja from Ilayaraja's blood. He had been a chip off the old block and now is becoming a block by himself. I like this guy's creativity. He strives hard to deliver the best quality, but it seems that he is not able to concentrate much in his works, coz he always works with many movies simultaneously. He has to reduce the no of movies he works on which may give a better output. Katradhu Tamil songs are still staying in my playlist. The best album of Yuvan. Of Course, i cannot forgive him for the no of lifts he has done in his career especially in Kadhal Konden (including BGM pieces). But, nowadays he has reduced trying his hands in foreign albums which is a good sign. (Or I dont know if he is still doing it).

Harris Jeyaraj - Mass
The guy who makes people wait for a long time for his albums. Coz he is choosy about what he does. He accepts very few movies. But shame is, he is still continuing to do Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V (Copy, Paste) job. All his recent albums, Pachaikili, Unnale Unnale had atleast one song lifted from foreign sources. His work in Kakka Kakka is the best so far.

Vidhyasagar - Consistent
Of late, this composer has refined himself and concentrating more on quality than quantity. Mozhi has transformed him completely to a new shape IMO. I was not much impressed with his works until i heard "Katrin mozhi". Wow!!! What an orchestration, what a mezmerizing tune! But this guy for no reason, bashed up Yuvan and Harris in an interview in Ananda Vikatan. He said that "Yuvan and Harris are doing fair job. But their works dont attract me much.". Visitors, I am expecting your comments on these lines of VS.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

My Inspiration

Very rarely people do things on their own. If not fully, at least partly they get inspired from others. Following are two major e-pals of mine who have been my inspiration.
Karthick of itwofs
Do you want to know the true colors of your favorite music directors? Then you must visit his website which sheds light on the darker side of the TFM which many of us are not aware of. This guy is also famous for his 100 words review on music albums which you can see here.
I like Suresh for his unbiased reviews on music albums. He uses simple and plain English. Click here to visit his website.