Magnificent has been their endeavors in the past and here comes another album that raises our expectations. Undoubtedly, Bala, as we all know has been a well-esteemed auteur gearing up for conscientious feats with breathtaking themes.
Indeed, Maestro Ilayaraja has been the most intensifying factor for Bala's success and 'Naan Kadavul' wouldn't be an elision. Here comes the most hoped-for musical fiesta churned by the most adorable musician. Unlike, the previous ones like 'Sethu' and 'Pithamaghan', the songs wouldn't be catchy unless the lyrics are perceived well. Pyramid Audios holds the copyright for the 'Naan Kadavul' music album.
Hats off to Vaali for penning fantabulous lyrics for they deserve special honor.... Ilayaraja has picked a couple of melodies from his yesteryear compositions. The other numbers carry the same tune but with different lyrics.
Looks like the musical legend has loosened up a bit this time around.
Om Sivoham Listen here
Singers: Vijay Prakash and chorus
Bedazzling orchestrations of percussive tunes are precisely top-notching. An interlude involving cantillates of 'Rudhra...' accompanied with single-noted Veena starts-off the song, evoking penchant. And what else? Thundering instrumentations of Sankha and fine-tuned intonations of Tabla with Vijay Prakash's steep voice carried on with carnatic shades makes it sound so influential to listeners. Vaali penning appraisals of Lord Shiva is sure to make high waves amongst his worshippers. Heed to the final verse, - Aham Brahmaasmi- is strikingly exquisite that delineates the motif of 'Naan Kadavul'.
Kannil Parvai Listen here
Singer: Shreya Ghosal
'A distinctive-stroke of the Maestro' - you'll feel it, right on violin-filled-interlude. 'Kannil Paarvai' is a song filled with desperate ambience. Indeed, Ilayaraja's magical tunes work the best with Shreya Ghosal. Yup! Be it 'Kaatril Varum Geethamae' of 'Oru Naal Oru Kanavu' or 'Unnavida' of 'Virumandi', they're over-the-top on charts. But, we've a slight feel of a bleak scenario on instrumentations along with Shreya's intonations. Her voice doesn't work well on high-pitched panoramas as certain words lose solidity. Either Swarnalatha or Chitra would've been a better pick for this song....
Looks like the poignantly penned song is posed for a forsaken blind girl.... The lines 'Dreams move away from blind eyes' is sure to mellow your hearts.
Madha Un Kovil Listen here
Nothing exceptional... Sounds like a 40 sec signature tune and if our guesses are right, it must be an intro number for the female lead. Kudos to Madhumitha! Nevertheless, there's nothing salient on the rhythmic vistas. Of course, you would have heard the same song in the yesteryear Tamil flick 'Acchaani'.
Amma Un Kovil Listen here
Singer: Sadhna Sargam
An exact replica of the previous song but with different lyrics. Polished rhythmical beats blending the Tabla along with Congo Drums offers the much needed relief. Unlike Shreya Ghoshal, Sadhna's modulation works well on high-pitches. Ilayaraja's coalescing synthesized beats on preludes is exceptional and you can call it 'A Good Experiment'. It is precisely a mix of classic 'n' western styles and a decent effort by Sadhna is evident on every note.
Picchaippaatthiram... Listen here
Singer: Madhu Balakrishnan.
If you're an ardent buff of Ilayaraja, then this should be a far-famed melody as the maestro had tuned it 7 years ago. Being a great devotee of Shri Ramana Maharishi of Thiruvannamalai, Ilayaraja himself had composed an album for the Saadhu earlier penned the lyrics and setting them to tune. The effect has been brought about in this song as well. The devotional album had Ilayaraja himself rendering voice for the track while Madhu Balakrishnan takes over the mantle here. The song centers on a deep-cry of a struggling soul in pursuit of divinity. Nothing to write home about when it comes to the rhythm throughout the song.
Oru Kaatril... Listen here
This song is an iterated piece which proves to be a replica of 'Kannil Paarvai' rendered by Shreya Ghosal. With a wee bit of modification in lyrics, Ilayaraja's clichéd charismatic voice on the lead is sure to make a big show. Unlike Shreya, you'll get to hear the words vocalized with ne plus ultra.
On the whole, a couple of songs 'Amma un Kovil' and 'Picchaippaathiram' may savor to the tastes of a few. Possibly, Bala's picturing and Arthur's stunning cinematography of unforeseen lands of our region would present the songs with finesse on the screen. On the pars, the chanting tune 'Om Sivoham' is awe-inspiring on all vistas.
Verdict: Worth heeding to pennies paid
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