Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Siva Manasula Sakthi - Audio

The orchestration is good but the lackluster tune lets down MGR Illenga..., which sounds like the hero's introduction number that he sings with his friends. The lyrics are interesting at the start as the guys describe themselves as middle-of-the-road types but soon descend into familiar territory as they sing about their actions. Oru Kal... is a great number but one doesn't realize it in the version sung by Yuvan since we are put off by his strained singing (it took me a while to realize that it is Oru Kal and not Varukkal!). Adnan Sami sings the same number in his usual slurred voice but gets the pitch just right. Shankar Mahadevan infuses Oru Adangaappidaari... with his usual energy. The lyrics are a bit funny but the song is rather one-sided (the female singer gets only a couple of lines in each stanza) and so its not as much fun as the similar-themed Erimalai Naane... from Kanda NaaL Mudhal. Oru Paarvaiyil... is criminally short and is over before we can grasp the smooth, fast tune and Ranjith's singing. Thithikkum Theeyai... is youthful and catchy with nice backgrounds and some sensuous bits by Swetha. The slow pace and steady beats make Eppidiyo Maattikkitte... - especially the humming and the interludes - sound real familiar. The liberal use of English in the number doesn't work too well.

It's been a while since Yuvan delivered a truly memorable album and Siva Manasula Sakthi isn't it either. But the three good numbers ensure that it can't be written off.

7 Comments:

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Filbert said...

Balaji, I would have been glad if you had written about Yuvan's other release this year - KPKP, which is far better than SMS. In fact, I would go so far as to say that KPKP is the truly memorable album from Yuvan that you have mentioned in your parting comment :)

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger Sujay said...

Yuvan no where near his best in either KPKP or SMS. Hoping that Sarvam will change this. I was also disappointed with Ilayaraja's music in Naan Kadavul; I'm sure the songs suit the movie but I was hoping for something like Elangaathu Veesuthey from Pithamagan :( Atleast I like a few songs from Nandalala.

 
At 8:36 PM, Blogger Naren's said...

Dear Sujay, accept i too with the audio release of NK was a bit disappointed of lack of ilangaathu veesuthey effect. But after watching the movie am convinced yes this is hw the songs for this movie shud be. So, it is entirely our fault to have misplaced expectations. All i can say is NK music is divine and pure emotional. Especially pichai paathiram song .it is song that goes so credibly with the movie and yet can be generalized over any languishing soul.

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger Naren's said...

Balaji, being just a avid music listener and not aware of much technicalities of music..... athu ennamo therleh Yuvan's music kita mattum i feel a closeness and expect to deliver good numbers everytime. That i do not even expect from IR at all times.

 
At 9:50 PM, Blogger skanda said...

"SMS" music is nowhere near "Saroja" or even "Aegan", sometimes feel that Yuvan only delivers when the content is exciting or the rapport he shares with the director. Lets wish all hpe that "sarvam" would rock!! Visnu-arya-yuvan combo is sure to be a treat..

 
At 10:42 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

filbert, have heard some good things about KPKP but haven't heard the songs yet. looking fwd to hearing them soon :)

sujay, we've seen music directors give their best with certain directors and yuvan hasn't worked with such directors for a while. he has great rapport with vishnu vardhan and so i'm looking fwd to 'sarvam' too :)

naren's, agree with u on 'pichai paathiram'. liked it a lot on its own but it gained a lot from the movie :)

skanda, i thot 'aegan's music was really bad and so i'd rate the SMS album better than that :)

 
At 1:19 PM, Blogger Sujay said...

As expected, Yuvan rocks in Sarvam. The music is fresh and exciting.

Like some of ARR's songs, the complex orchestration makes it so it takes a while for you to absorb the music.

 

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