Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sarvam Audio

Ilaiyaraja's mature, rough voice isn't exactly the best choice for the youthful Adadaa Vaa... but he does manage to bring some flippancy into his voice and the natural rustic nature of his voice is balanced out by the hipness in the portions sung in English by the female singers. But the highlights of this song are undoubtedly the flute interludes that are totally hypnotic. Sila IravugaL... is an awesome number whose only downside is that it is sung by Yuvan himself. The tune, especially the way each stanza ends with a stretched-out needhaane... and then segues into the first line's needhaane..., is superb and is matched by the orchestration. Suttaa Suriyanai... is an inspirational song and Yuvan falls back to the template he uses for such songs(like Vallavan's Hip Hip Hurray...) with strong, heavy beats. The song has a strong similarity to Megam Karukkudhu... but Yuvan cleverly introduces a line from that song and turns it into a homage. KaatrukkuLLe... is a trademark Yuvan melody that he once again butchers by rendering it himself. His diction and singing are bad throughout but the high-pitch portions actually make us wince. Considering this is said to be a romance, its surprising that SiragugaL... is the only real duet. The number has a slightly old-fashioned feel and reminds us of Boys' Ale Ale.... The Theme Music uses a couple of different styles but isn't really catchy and makes us think the flute interlude in Adadaa Vaa... could've worked just as well.

Yuvan has shared a good rapport with director Vishnuvardhan in the past and he reinforces that again with one of his better albums in recent times though it still falls short of his best efforts.

5 Comments:

At 7:49 AM, Anonymous parthi.nv said...

Yuvan's singing is always a sore point. The pity is he doesn't or doesn't want to understand that. There are worse singers among music directors. But they don't sing this many songs.

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Prin said...

u should try the 'yavarum nalam' album - much better than this - by Shanker-Ehsaan-Loy

 
At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked Sila Iravugal too.. :)

-San

 
At 11:19 AM, Anonymous ram said...

mookusheli-ya clear panaame paadathe-nu sonna kaekkave maatengaraan yuvan...not that raja's voice is any sweeter. the difference is raja's voice has a lot of soul (janani janani... and thenpaandi seemaiyile... are the best example) that lends itself beautifully well to melodies...yuvan voice edhukume udhavaadhu...bathroom singing ode niruthikanum...

will listen to sarvam one of these days when my work-related insanity coefficients drop below 1!

 
At 11:56 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

parthi, yes and when the song is something as good as 'sila iravugal...', it becomes a really big sore point :)

prin, thats next on my to-hear list :)

san, glad u got to listen to it :)

ram, yeah there r certain types of songs raja's voice lends itself to. yuvan should stick to just humming interludes like he did in saroja's cheeky cheeky :)

 

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