Thursday, January 22, 2009

Ayan Audio

Vizhi Moodi... is the pick of the album - extremely catchy tune and simple orchestration that doesn't drown out the lyrics. The best parts of the lyrics come right at the beginning(thaniyaai pesidum sandhosham thandhaai penne penne...) and the short mazhaikkiliye... segment and its humming- and later, whistling - are beautiful. Thoovum Poomazhai... has a familiar feel to it but is energetic and catchy nevertheless. The lines that occupy the interlude (neeyum neeyum...), a Harris specialty, add some zest to the song. PaLapaLakkira... starts off like one of Harris' usual folk songs but the fast(but not frenetic) beats make it different and appealing. The slower parts of the song sound a bit old-fashioned. Sayarora's childish voice is Honey Honey...'s main appeal but the song is rather ordinary. The lyrics are silly and the segments that finish off the 2 stanzas(like hello sugavasi...) are the only interesting portions of the song. Nenje Nenje... is a familiar duet instantly recognizable as a Harris number. It reminds us of a couple of numbers from Bheema but Harish Ragavendra and Mahathi make it work very well.

Barring a couple of missteps(Sathyam was one) Harris has been very consistent and reliable. He doesn't disappoint in Ayan and comes out with another winner.

11 Comments:

At 11:09 PM, Blogger skanda said...

"Honey Honey" is being repeated in my ipod all the time..the song is seriously seductive and addictive. "Neneje Neneje" is also nice while the rest of the songs have not got into me yet...

Suprise that u didint like "sathyam" songs, it a bit average but three of the songs there were my favorites, it's coz of the movie, the songs didint liger much..i always think, the most Disappointing HJ's album was "Kovil" which not even one song was hummable..none of the songs matched the movie and it was an all round disaster..

 
At 11:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off-topic comment: Please review Delhi 6. It's got everything but the kitchen sink.
Title Song track and Kala Bhandar has loads of Attitude which Rahman showed us in early 90s before moving on to serious compositions.

 
At 8:00 AM, Anonymous arun said...

It's amazing how Harris gets away with this, but he's got to be among the most blatant copycats I've seen. Sure, many of his songs become hits... that's because they were already hits.

 
At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off-topic, I agree with Anon on Delhi-6. It is/will be the album of the year (even though it has been only 23 days!)

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Sujay said...

HJ albums are good music but he still has a LONG way to go. I really feel he hasn't developed as a composer and just shuffles his bag of tricks. His songs are too one-dimensional and sure they make for catchy tunes, but they don't have a touching impact on you (exception: HJ/Bombay Jayashree combination).

Just feel like its "masala" music for the most part.

 
At 3:23 PM, Anonymous ram said...

to me, harris seems incredibly repetitive...there've been soooo many occasions when I'm in a car listening to some random songs...start of the song-la I would be thinking of one song but song oru 30 secs kaetadhuku apram I'd be thinking, "didnt he use a very similar bgm/tune for another one"
deja vu thaan minjardhu...
i like vidyasaagar a lot more...sure, he has quite a few misses between hits but i love his melodies...
off-topic, a kadi joke between the missus and me.
r: semmaya pasikudhu...edhaavadhu fridge-la irukaa?
n: upma saapadriya?
r (not wanting to eat upma): hmm, vera ena irukku?
n: solradha kaelu, upma saapdu...MTR-dhu...
r: apo pudhusu vaangu!
n (after a cpl of seconds): una thiruthave mudiyadhu!

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger Sree said...

Ayan songs, honestly dissapointed me. Only Nenje Nenje, Vizhi Moodi and Pala Pala to a certain extent is nice. Other than that nothing much.

Surprised that you didn't like Sathyam songs, I feel they were better.

Sree

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger Sree said...

Oh, like some others mentioned, Delhi 6 songs are amazing!!!


Sree

 
At 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahman once again proves he is the king with Delhi-6.....it has got everything for everyone...awesome...

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

skanda, i liked only 'chellame...' in sathyam and even had a very strong - more than usual! - 'vaseegara...' influence :)

anons/Sree, yes I love the Delhi-6 soundtrack. but hesitant about writing about since i don't understand the lyrics :)

arun, i think the fact that his songs don't stay in our minds for a long time helps too :)

sujay, well put. they do get us humming but they don't really involve us the way many songs from IR or ARR do :)

ram, exactly what i've felt too. happened with 'nenje nenje...' in this case. and as for vidyasagar, have u heard 'mahesh, saranya matrum palar'? was underrated but has some nice melodies :)

 
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