Thursday, March 09, 2006

Pudhuppettai Audio

The Selvaraghavan-Yuvan Shankar Raja combination epitomises the next generation of Tamil cinema. While the former has blazed a new track with his raw and earthy filmmaking style, the latter, after experimenting with a number of styles, finally seems to have found his groove and his own style. With two blockbuster soundtracks behind them, the duo's next collaboration, Pudhuppettai, was eagerly awaited and is definitely worth the wait. It is an album that cannot be slotted into any genre and is unique in many respects.

1. Survival of the Fittest... (Instrumental)
A leisurely, slow piece which doesn't have any beats. Not particularly catchy but quite haunting when you listen to it.

2. Neruppu Vaayinil…
Having Kamal sing this song is a stroke of pure genius. His slightly raspy voice and vocal gymnastics (familiar in numbers like Kadavul Paadhi…) suit the song very well and add a nice edge to many of the lines. The interludes at different places are paced very different and rarely end up being the way we expect them to. A number of styles are evident too, like the humming in the middle, which wouldn’t be out of place even in an 80’s duet.

3. Enga Area…
This is a rousing, high-energy number that is a rather unique but exhilarating combination of duppanguthu lyrics and western beats. The tune of the 2 stanzas remind me of Macarena (the original Spanish number and not the Kushi song!) just a little bit. And an already great number is made greater by the sudden and unexpected merging of a line from an old MGR song(from Padakotti?) in the middle. The way it is brought in as part of the song before playing the original line itself and then continuing with the song is just brilliant. Kudos YSR!

4. Selling Dope... (Instrumental)
Another slow piece without any beats. Towards the end it sounds like the background score for one of those Mickey Mouse or Tom & Jerry cartoons!

5. Oru Naalil…
YSR’s singing ruins this song for me. It has a nice tune and the places with a high pitch are definitely good. I’ve even started to like YSR’s nasal voice and unlike earlier songs he has sung, he sings the high pitches quite well here. But his bad pronunciation (especially the Tamil l and L sounds) gets on my nerves. And he lacks the voice modulation that would give the other parts of the song some energy.

6. Going thro Emotions… (Instrumental)
The catchiest of the instrumental pieces, this one blends a number of sounds in a very interesting manner. Interesting the way the music fits the prayer chants at the end perfectly.

7. Pul Pesum…
Reminds one of Theeppidikka… at the start because of the orchestration, the way the singers sing and the way the song is constructed. Its not clear from the lyrics what kind of situation this song is going to be placed in.

8. Variyaa…
Its impossible not to shake your legs to this one. Catchy beats, a steady tone and strategically inserted “Variyaa”s make this a fun number. The section sung in a high pitch near the end seems unnecessary and lowers the class of the song just a little bit.

9. Clash of the Titans… (Instrumental)
A soaring, inspiring piece that sounds more like part of the background score in a war movie.

10. Oru Naalil…
A faster remix of #5 that at many places sounds just like you played that number in x2 speed on your CD player. But the speed does hide the imperfections in YSR’s voice, which was my biggest problem with that number. The fast beats fit the high-pitch sections of the song very well. A perfect number for the workout playlist on the iPod :-)

21 Comments:

At 11:23 PM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

Thanks for a nice starting of Music reviews, Balaji...

And the Old MGR song is from Padakotti only. Your assumption is rite.

YSR found his own way in music. Like Illayaraja, he is walking in his way..to suit and attract the younger generation..

I have to listen his another album, teamed with Vishnuvardhan in Pattiyal..

 
At 12:43 AM, Blogger Prasanna said...

bb, I vent really listened to the songs. But from ur review , luks like the gud rapport between YSR and Selvaraghavan continues. The album which i m listening to right now is VV. All the 5 songs are gud, especially the Karka Karka and Vennilave numbers. They are very addictive. BTW did u luk at the VV web site. An interesting one. But luks like the movie is into some trouble. Hope this does not delay the release of the movie.

 
At 12:54 AM, Blogger Prasanna said...

bb...luks like the contest between Rajini and Kamal continues. Seems Rajini's "Shivaji" and Kamal's "Dasavatharam" are scheduled for Diwali 2006. So who is going to be the winner this time? There was no match for thalaivar the last time both their movies got released. Will Shivaji break all records?Will "Dasavatharam" match "Shivaji"?Will there be a tie?Lets keep our fingers crossed.

 
At 5:36 AM, Blogger Maverick said...

Balaji
One of the instrumental pieces (I forgot which one as I haven't heard the songs for quite sometime) is heavuily inspired from Godfather's theme (English, not the Ajith movie).

'Enga Area...' saranam is again a liftoff from Baha Men's 'Who Let the Dogs out'.

'Selling Dope' strgonly reminds me of theme music from another English movie. 'Hollow Man' maybe. I just don't seem to recollect the exact movie.

'Vaariya...' also seems like a strong inspiration from Remo's 'Flute song'.

After Kaadhal Kondaen, I am used to YSR's lifts and strong inspirations. But i thoroughly enjoyed this album. 'Oru Naalil' is a fantastic melody spoilt by YSR's singing. Another addition to YSR's CTCS (Class Tune Crap Singing) songs. I still haven't forgiven him for making Udit Narayan sing 'Endhan uyir Thozhiye' in Winner.

 
At 5:39 AM, Blogger Nithya Swaminathan said...

such a delayed review?! the album completely rocks... Oru Naalil is my fav from the album, coz of the mindblowing interludes YSR has given... brilliant stuff! and inspite of his atrocious pronunciation, I am hooked to this song and go in for repeated listens... THAT is such an achievement by YSR! But huh! high time he stops singing...

 
At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review balaji. YSR simply brings the house down these days. His style in this album is very unique but somehow I think he is most comfortable with the hip hop or R&B genre. His latest sounds from Pattiyal made me think if 50 cent and Snoop Dogg have switched to producing tamil songs.

I came across this site www.itwofs.com that highlights where indian music directors get their inspirations from. Even people like ARR have lifted beats or tunes from world music. And believe it or not Deva has copied from people in the likes of Bob Marley and Genesis. Do check it out.

 
At 9:57 AM, Blogger Filbert said...

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At 10:14 AM, Blogger Filbert said...

Though delayed, a very neat analysis of the songs. To me, Pudhupettai is easily best Tamil album that has been released in the last 2-3 years. Just too good. My favorite of the album too is Going through the emotions.

Maverick,
I really dont think that the 'Varriyaa' is an inspiration from the Remo flute song. Its just the pattern. Let everyone listen to it & decide.

http://www.raaga.com/channels/hindi/movie/V000203.html

I downloaded the 'Who let the dogs out' song after reading somewhere about this inspiration and after hearing it, I thought you can not really call that an 'inspiration'. Shouting is the only common thing between the songs :)

 
At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only like "oru naalil" the remix version, and I too seriously think that this boy needs to stop singing, his pronounciation makes me grrr!!!

~merino

p.s - that's some late review there Balaji :P

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan said...

actually wanted to thank you for the trailer link last week..

:)

 
At 7:24 AM, Blogger anantha said...

BB: Yes, like almost everyone above me... LATE REVIEW... :)
About 5. and 10. YES YES YES....every single word, i told myself i am seeing here :)
Don't you also feel like catching YSR by the collar and demanding "WHY???"
Cos, as Nithya said, amazing interludes with the violin esspecially!

Filbert: The flute song is what came to my mind as well, when I listened to this album in early Jan, I think.

Looks like everyone is high on Pattiyal. Will go listen now...

 
At 1:54 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

karthik, u'll be seeing atleast 2 more album reviews pretty shortly. after a lacklustre start, the music scene's really picked up. hope the movies match the quality of their music :)

prasanna, yep this combination looks like a good addition to the director-music director pairs where each brings out the best in the other :)

mav, i think 'survival of the fittest' is the one that sounds like the 'godfather' score. but i didn't get the other inspirations even after listening to them after your mention. btw, u seem to have a real good music memory considering how many inspirations u seem to detect! CTCS is a nice acronym :)

nithya, yeah i know. i wanted to write about it around the time the movie gets released. but since that keeps getting delayed, i thot i might as well write it. and yeah, its amazing that he gets us hooked to a song inspite of the horrid singing!

anon, i think that site was mentioned on the comment to another post too. gotta check it out one of these days :)

filbert, 'going' is my fav among the instrumental pieces too. but for the album as a whole i'd probably pick 'neruppu vaayinil' (for now!)...

merino, unfortunately he seems to be singing even more songs in each new album :(

sundar, u're welcome :)

anti, yep definitely feel like doing that :) 'pattiyal' is great too and was thinking about writing about it sometime this week. but be warned... YSR sings even more on that one!

 
At 9:52 PM, Anonymous sandhya said...

Hi guys... thanks for the review... i listened to the album and it was just awesome! the orchestration and mixing is unbelievably good....

i think oru nalil was good with YSR singing it.... actaully Shaan (hindi singer) initially sand it.. but they didnt like it then Harish Raghavendra was supposed to sing it... but both selvaraghavan, yuvan and the producers found the singing to be too perfect for this song.... and so in the end YSR sang and i felt it provided a good raw feel to this song which is supposed to b abt misey and watever...

enga area is really not a lift or inspired by who let the dogs out... if u listen carefully they are completely different... they are only the same in the shouting .....

its a rocking album! and btw YSR has won best musical score in the Cyprus International Film Festival for the movie Raam.... tht is so good bcos tamil is going international thanks to YSR

 
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