vaaranam ayiram songs review

September 27, 2008

Adiyae Kolludhe—
Vocals: Krish, Benny Dayal, Shruti Haasan
Lyrics: Thaamarai

Some heavy guitar stuff here to begin with and heavy rhythms to go along with it too. Clearly targeting Pop and Heavy Metal fans. Both the male singers use a slightly rasping voice. Shruti is a welcome find. Her voice sounds slightly nasal. Could do with a little honing. The song surprisingly speaks of soft sentiments contrary to the music!

Nenjukkul Peythidum—
Vocals: Hariharan, Devan, V.Prasanna
Lyrics: Thaamarai

The guitar works magic in this song. Seems to be patterned on country music, the kind you hear from John Denver and others. The initial notes go ’sa ri ga pa gaa sa;ri paa—‘ all soft and flowy and the lyrics smoothly tag along. And when Hariharan’s rich voice combines with all this, the charm is all the more noticeable. Seems set on the Natabairavi scale. The way the keys ,humming and the guitar combine is soothing

Yaethi Yaethi—
Vocals: Benny Dayal, Naresh Iyer, Solar Sai
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

It is based on middle eastern rhythms but the song is totally pettai stuff and full of boyish bravado, so to speak! Set to Karaharapriya scale, the song has drums, guitar and some whistling sounds built attractively into it. Not original, but fun. And fun too, to see Muthukumar come out with such stuff!

Mun Dhinam—
Vocals: Narash Iyer and Prashanthini
Lyrics: Thaamarai

Again a soft number like ‘Nenjukkul’ but pitched on a higher scale. With the result that sometimes the male voice croons and the lady’s voice sounds shrill. Looks like Harikamboji scale and apart from the delightful guitar, we have two lovely sax interludes the first which goes ‘ma ni nii pa, ma ni nii pa’ and the second ‘pa dha ni saa rii—‘.Soft lyrics that sing of love asserting itself.

O Shanti Shanti—
Vocals: Clinton, SPB.Charan
Lyrics: Thaamarai

Yet another soft number where you have the refrain’ O Shanti Shanti’ repeating from song two with slightly altered lyrics and pace. Is there a visual continuation here? A small trumpet-like interlude breaks the monotony in this song. Well sung too.

Ava Enna—
Vocals: Karthik, V.Prasanna
Lyrics: Thaamarai

This song truly reflects what Harris is capable of.. A very interestingly conceived song with slight sruti variations that add charm to the whole piece. Karthik is faultless in rendering. The lines ‘onnukkulle onna en nenjukkulle ninna’ that carry the notes ‘ma pa maa ga maa pa, dha ni pa dha ni dha pa ma ma’ are very attractive. And the guitar, sitar, thavil and native drums combine so beautifully after the first minute. Tender sprinkles of guitar and santoor, sometimes drums and ghatam need to be savoured here. Though we have some Anandabairavi shades, the raga scale seems to be Harikamboji. Interesting!

Anal Mele—
Vocals: Sudha Raghunathan
Lyrics: Thaamarai

An exceptionally well composed song on the Natabairavi scale. And rendered with perfection by Sudha Raghunathan. We have some nice sitar and violin pieces woven into the song. Especially in the first interlude where the sitar goes ‘ga saa sa ga saa sa’ very melodiously. Some interesting swara patterns repeat through the song, which reveal the raga to be what it is and not Sindubairavi as it sometimes appears (you do recall Nenjinile Nenjinile’ from Rahman). Could stay on the charts easily for some time for its plaintiveness.


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