Thursday, July 28, 2005

Thotti Jaya

Harris Jayaraj's latest offering after the rocking Anniyan...
Simbu's release after Manmathan...
Kalaipuli Dhanu after Kaakha Kaakha...
Strong competition from Ah Aah whch has ARR returning after a years gap in tamil...

Ok ok..enough buildup...here's my take on the music which released this week

(1) Yaaridamum (Ramesh Vinayagam, Harini)
This is the tam version of "Yeh Chilipi"in HJs telugu movie Gharshana (which was the remake of Kaakha Kaakha in place of Oru Ooril in Kaakha Kaakha). Yeh Chilipi rocked with Sreenivasan's voice. HJ converts it into a duet in tamil with Ramesh Vinayagam and Harini. Had heard of Manicka Vinayagam before, but whoz Ramesh Vinayagam? Anyways nice voice, and along with Harini does full justice to the song. A very beautiful love song...great start to the album.

(2) Jaari Singari (Sriram, Karthik, Ceylon Manohar, Srilekha)
This is a nice "village song" which takes some time to grow on you. Jaari Singari might even replace the old Surangani "maalu" song. Now you know what kinda song this is :-) Neways lotsa styles in this song. The experimentation seems to have paid off well...

(3) Thotta Power (Shankar Mahadevan)
Sounds like an intro song for Simbu. Comparisons with Injarango from Thenali are unavoidable in some parts because of the drum rolls and trumpets. The second interlude of the song seems to be lifted from Thirupachi Arivaala from Taj Mahal with minor changes. The song also seems to have inspired a lot from many other ARR songs, though I am not able to exactly place them. Decent song except for the "inspirations".

(4) Achu Vellam (Shankar Mahadevan, Ranjith, Saindhavi)
The starting of the song sounds like a typical Sufi/Pakistani song, esp with Shankar Mahadevan's voice, which is when you expect something interesting in this song. Nothing much happens after that though. A nice feel-good song, though it reminds you of Varaaga nadhikaraiyoram from Sangamam in parts thanks to Shankar Mahadevan in yet another folk song.

(5) Uyire en uyire (Karthik, Anooradha Sriram, Bombay Jayasree)
Ok. So you just had an overdose of village and folk songs. Now listen to this one - the pick of the album! Am hearing Anooradha Sriram after a long time in Tamil, and she sounds awesome in this! A hauntingly melodious love song, and Karthik absolutely rocks. Now if you are wondering where Bombay Jayasree fits in, she sings a couple of lines at the end of each paragraph. Very beautiful lyrics.
Engeyo un mukham, naan paartha nyabagam
Eppotho unnudan, naan vaazhntha nyabagam

(6) Theme music (Harris Jayaraj)
This is the track which comes in the background of the movie trailers. Cant make out the lyrics, as usual. But nicely done theme with some instrument for the "village touch" in the beginning parts of the theme. Nothing pathbreaking in this though.

There is strong competition from Ah Aah most of the songs of which sound pretty good. In comparison, TJ has one awesome song, 2 good tracks, and two so-so numbers. Considering the fact that SJS can get also some riveting picturisations to the songs, AA will come out on top!

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Blogger Kaps says...

Ramesh Vinayagam is a singer cum music director and has composed music for Azhagiya Theeye, Nala Damayanthi and University. His first movie was Hey Nee Romba azhaga irukke (HNRAI). HNRAI had 4/5 music directors and Ramesh Vinayagam was one of them.

Nala Damayanthi didn't become so popular, but the enna ithu enna ithu song was a hit. My personal favourite from the Ramesh Vinayagam stable is Vizhigalil aruginil vaanam from Azhagiya Theeye. He has sung and composed this song. the lyrics are awesome.

I have started liking Yaaridamum song....it resembles some other song in Chellame. my overall opinion is that Ah Aah is miled ahead. was expecting much better fare from Harris Jeyaraj.

12:43 PM  
Blogger DD says...

Okk..now I remember...I thought it was Manicka Vinayagam at that point of time...
btw which "Yaaridamum"?

12:50 PM  
Blogger Sridhar Raman says...

Dei, Ramesh Vinayagam theriyadha? The Azhagiya Theeye song that I mistakenly recommended to Other was sung by him. :)

As Kaps says, Vizhigalil is a great song. Another interesting trivia on the lyrics. Apparently the director told the lyricist to not have any "kaadhal", nor any description of the female in the song. The lyricist did so, except for the line "Oru pennin kann enna seyyum". The director had that also changed and the final o/p was: "Oru pennin ninaivenna seyyum, ennai kaththi illaamal kollum." Brilliant.

Also, I think he is the guy who sang the Enna Ithu song along with Chinmayi. Very talented.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Kaps says...

I am referring to the Yaaridamum (Ramesh Vinayagam, Harini) song in Thotti Jeya.

2:27 PM  
Blogger DD says...

@Chilli: Jus heard Vizhigalil its a kinda cute song, tht is the word I have to describe it :-)

@Kaps: Sorry..am still in the 'Yeh Chilipi' mode...so i tend to 4get the tam words of the song :-)

3:04 PM  
Blogger eV says...

>> Apparently the director told the lyricist to not have any "kaadhal", nor any description of the female in the song.

Oh Chilli, not again! When will you ever get over this funda?!!

10:37 PM  
Blogger Sudheer Narayan says...

@DD : go and jump in the lake for not knowing ramesh vinayakam...

@eV : I cant help it but i kinda like chilli's fundas on the lyrics... btw, tamizh lyrics totally rock in Ah Aah also.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anil Gorti says...

Hey DD,
Are you in Chennai now ?

4:26 PM  
Blogger DD says...

Oh yeah

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous says...

hi everybody ,i am new to this.ne waz i feel ramesh vinayakam has done a wonderful job in this song "yaridamum".......his film university has got gr8 songs in it esp "kadhalai valarthai by chitra and ramesh vinayakam and also "nenjay"..........we need talented music directors.he's really different from anybody else.

7:00 PM  

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