Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Majaa Audio

Vidyasagar is the perfect choice to score music for Majaa. The music director, who has a nice track record on Vikram movies, nicely treads the line between class and mass, which is exactly what the film sounds like it needs. He does the same again here with most numbers being fast and energetic but never descending down to pure mass or duppanguthu songs.

1. Chee Chee…
The female singer's Chee Chee… which starts off the song made me think this was gonna be like A Aa’s Thazhuvudhu Nazhuvudhu…. But this is a more conventional duet. The lines spoken at the beginning reminded me (once again, after Sivakasi’s Deepavali…) of Vanithaamani…but only for a couple of seconds. The Chee Chee…bit is really quite catchy and the tune of the song itself is nice too.

2. Hey Pangaali…
A high energy song sung by Udit Narayan and Manicka Vinayagam, two singers known for enthusiastic singing. I liked this one on the first listen itself inspite of Udit Narayan as always screwing up the pronunciation. The lyrics follow the style of the title songs from Dhill, Dhool, etc. and talk about a variety of things that would cause majaa. The pick of the album.

3. Podhumadaa Saami…
A pathos number sung by Kailash Kher. The high pitches in the first couple of lines (and later on, in both the stanzas) are very catchy and sung very well by Kailash.

4. Sollitharavaa…
This is a melodious duet. Vidyasagar usually finds a place for atleast 1 of these in most of his albums but this one is definitely not in the league of Un Samayalaraiyil..., Aasai Aasai... or the older (and one of my favorite melodies) Malare Mounamaa.... The song’s start vaguely reminded me of an old 60’s/70’s number while the tune of the 2 stanzas reminded me of an 80’s number. Vidyasagar goes the Harris Jayaraj route with some humming in an unidentifiable language at a couple of places.

5. Thaimaasam Oora…
A folksy fast number with Shankar Mahadevan and Anuradha Sriram lending it their usual energy. Didn’t find anything special in the tune. But the lyrics are really brazen. The Maasathula… line kinda jumps out and makes you wonder if there’s anything that’s taboo for lyricists today.

8 Comments:

At 1:32 AM, Blogger skanda said...

The music for "majaa" is a little disappointing as i expected something like "dhool" or "dhill"...mybe the songs will grow on me after i watch the movie..guess what "Maaja" and "sivakasi" are releasing tomorow in Malaysia...looks like i dunt have to wait till diwali to catch these movies..

 
At 2:54 PM, Blogger prakash said...

balaji, looks like (Tamil font required) the road's clear for Thavamai.

Heard its songs yet? I heard a couple, and liked both at first hearing.

Madhu Balakrishnan sounds a lot like Yesudas (Yay!). Thought that when I heard 'Kanaa Kandenadi' in 'Paarthiban K'. Get the same feeling after hearing the 'Theme' from 'Thavamai'.

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger rajesh said...

balaji..
I too felt that the lyrics were verrrry bad :(

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger pagala'k' said...

Doesnt the first few lines from the song che che remind you of a song in 'Vikram'the Kamal and Ambika starrer? Or is it just me!

 
At 10:33 PM, Blogger pagala'k' said...

Oh :) didnt know the song was called Vanithamani... Awesome song though, I must have been probably 5 or 6 years old and my mom never really liked me listening to that song :)

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

skanda, cool :)

prakash, no havent heard the songs yet. i think the music directors r sabesh murali rt? didnt feel like downloading the songs after seeing their nammes. guess they're not too bad huh? will chk them out.

raapi, yeah i rd your review. u seemed to have listened to them even more carefully than me :)

pagalak, yep. that was vanithamani. the passionate lines that started the song made for tough listening when elders were around :)

 
At 11:36 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Thanks Balaji...Even though I am a Vidyasagar fan...somehow this album didn't impress me at all. Zero.!!

 
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