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Imayamum Sigaramum Irattisuzhi Music Review

Imayamum Sigaramum Irattisuzhi Music Review
'S' Pictures
Bharathirajaa, K Balachander, Aari, Anjali, Srinivasan, Manobala, Ilavarasu, Karunaas
Karthik Raja
Shades of Raja magic
Friday, March 19, 2010 • Tamil Comments

The audio of `Rettaisuzhi' produced by Shankar's S Pictures was released by Aishwarya Rai. This Thamira directed film is about two village elders and their hilarious adventures around the village. The film is an important film as it has legendary directors who created some of the best known actors who graced Tamil film screens ever, K. Balachander and Bharathraja playing lead roles in a movie for the first time together.

Music for the film is scored by the heavily underrated Karthik Raja. The eldest son of maestro Illayaraja was expected to go places after his superb score in `Ullasam'. But he remained unsung even after giving great music in many films like Kadhala Kadhala, Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar, Dum Dum Dum, Three Roses, Album and the recent Achchamundu Achchamundu.

Karthik Raja's recent offering `Rettaisuzhi' is as usual good for his rich orchestration and folksy melodies. `Rettaisuzhi' reminds you still it's not time to write off this genius yet.

1. Bum Bum Bumbara Kaathu - Listen here

Singer: Rita, Violin Padma

Lyricist: Palani Bharathi

"Bum Bum Bumbara Kaathu" is a folksy melody with rich orchestration. This song will make you visualise a village in the rains both by lyric and music. Very rural in its mood this song has nice words in harmonious music. The music director makes very good use of Reverbs and the instrumentations. Gentle tinkle sounds like Jaltarang throughout is quite pleasing.

2. Pattaalam Paaruda - Listen here

Singer: Arman Mallik, Sarwan, VKS. Fowsia

Lyricist: V. Ramasamy

"Pattaalam Paaruda" is a basic tune for a song sung by village kids in chorus. We have heard many of this type in recent times. But the pace and rhythm sets this song apart from others. Very fast and peppy this song has some very good interlude BGMs. Instruments used in this song are also very down to earth. Lyric by V. Ramasamy narrates the heroic antics of village kids. Something like this was last heard in `Anjali' by Karthik Raja's father.

3. Naan Endru Sol - Listen here

Singer: Hariharan, Haricharan, Sriram Parthasarathy

Lyricist: Chandra

"Naan Endru Sol" is a slow number in which the hero remembers his father. Chandra' nice words amply complimented with slow beats. You have a better version coming up.

4. Poochandi Kannazhagi - Listen here

Singer: Belly Raj, Rita

Lyricist: Annamalai

"Poochandi Kannazhagi" is a fast beat romantic number. Karthik Raja has tried to bring contemporary popular music to the fore with his classical touch. The peppy number rendered by Rita and Belly Raj, has some interesting lyrics and good instrumentations with some traditional flavour. You feel a villupattu style of story telling in this.

5. Para Para Kili - Listen here

Singer: Rahul Nambiar, Deepa Mariam

Lyricist: Palani Bharathi

Pick of the lot. "Para Para Kili" is a soothing number with really good vocals by Deepa Mariam and Rahul Nambiar. This song is well paced and places where the vocals not accompanied with instruments make it appealing.

6. Poochandi Kannazhagi - Listen here

Singer: Hariharan, Shreya Ghoshal

Lyricist: Annamalai

Top of the album. This "Poochandi Kannazhagi" version sung by Hariharan and Shreya Ghoshal is a shade better than the earlier version just because of the great voices of Hariharan and Shreya Ghoshal. This song reveals the versatility of Shreya Ghoshal once again. The way she sings this village fast romantic number in no less than a kuthu rendition. With good promotions this song will top the charts for more time.

7. Naan Endru Sol - Listen here

Singer: Hariharan

Lyricist: Chandra

Another version sung by Hariharan. Hari elevates this song with his honey voice and right pull and push at right places.

On the whole `Rettaisuzhi' by Karthik Raja is good overall. All the songs remind of the good times of his father in the eighties. That's' nothing wrong because he takes inspirations only from his father. One thing we again we wish to impress after hearing this album is that if given right chances this introvert music director will go places like his brother Yuvan Shankar Raja but on a different melody pedestal.