Friday, April 08, 2005

Mumbai Express Audio

After a few listens, the Mumbai Express soundtrack sounds like what I like to call a 'situational' album i.e an album that doesn't stand too well on its own but starts sounding better after seeing the way the songs have been picturized in the movie. Kamal has had situational albums in the past too but they have usually been for his 'serious' movies like Aalavandhaan and Hey Ram. Soundtracks for his lighter ventures have usually stood on their own, even if they haven't exactly delivered any real chartbusters recently. Mumbai Express seems to be an exception to this. Here are the songs in this album...

Kurangu Kaiyil - There are two versions of this song though both carry the same lyrics and tune. Only the music differs between the two. The lyrics are fun but the tune is rather pedestrian. One of the versions has a jazzy feel but both feature some nice music.

Poo Poothadhu - A very melodious duet that is currently my favorite song on the album. The two paragraphs are a bit too slow but overall a very nice number.

Vandhe Maadharam - A deliberately off-key and badly-coordinated version of the famous National song that sounds like it is sung by a group of kids. Quite possible that the picturization of this song was the one objected to by the censors for being deragatory to our National Flag.

Yele Nee Othi Po - Another group song and quite a long one too. This one has a catchy tune and contains a small speech in the middle with some funny observations about life in Mumbai and a few other things.

Theme Music - Nice orchestration but without any recurring bits, it hasn't gotten me humming it yet.

Final verdict? I'm already skipping over a couple of the songs to get to the Chandramukhi songs :)

23 Comments:

At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm already skipping over a couple of the songs to get to the Chandramukhi songs "

What can I say but "Kurangu Kaiyil Maalai" :)

 
At 8:53 PM, Blogger Sembe said...

i thought the album was great, a welcome change from the usual stuff music directors other than Rahman and Illayaraja churn out. This definitely shows the range of Raja and i think works in allowing a newer generation to appreciate his music. Poo Poothathu is the pick of the album, with rendering by Sonu Nigam being excellent.

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

very funnily put anon :)

I agree that the album was different. But what exactly did u guys like about the album to think it was great? Just the orchestration? Barring 'Poo Poothathu' can any other song on the album really be called a great number? Just curious...

 
At 10:23 PM, Anonymous ram said...

one more aphorism from the Kamal camp:
Naay Vaala Nimirtha Mudiyuma!
ram

 
At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Vijay said...

Boston Balaji, although Mumbai express bbelongs to the comedy genre its nevertheless a "serious" venture not to be confused with the likes of Vassol Raja or Pammal K sambhadham. In fact all Rajkamal films are serious venbtures and try to experiment on something new that hasnt been ventured into before. This is a "serious comedy" film, according to Kamal and the music probably reflects the situations more. For lesser movies he goes to Bhardwaj or Harris jayaraj.

Now as for the album - I didnt like it much although I appreciate the fact that Raja has experimented with Jazz. The tunes are a big letdown. Yele and Kurangu kayyil's tunes could have been composed by a half-asleep Dhina. Raja seems to have concentrated in the interludes here and there and the tunes sound 20-years old and dont match the "hipness" of the orchestration. Yele nee ettipo sounds incoherent with its frequent rhythm/mood changes probably done to suit something in the movie

 
At 11:22 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

But Chandramukhi is an average album at best and Sachin is eminently forgattable list most Vijay's albums

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

vijay, adhenna Boston Balaji? r u confusing me with someone else? Your reviews echo my feelings exactly. IR seems to have concentrated on the music and orchestration of the interludes but the tunes are very pedestrian.

 
At 5:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the songs of Chandramukhi were quite average at best. I was rather disappointed after the hype they received!

 
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