Saturday, May 14, 2005

Arindhum Ariyaamalum Audio

Out of the next generation(as in, after Ilaiyaraja and A.R.Rahman) of music directors in the Tamil cinefield today, there are three composers whose albums I download automatically - Harris Jayaraj, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Vidyasagar. Out of the three, YSR has so far impressed me with his slow, soft, melodious compositions for low-budget, moderately offbeat films like Kaadhal Konden, 7/G Rainbow Colony, Raam, etc. His style of music doesn't seem to fit bigger, star-focused, commercial ventures like Bose, Manmadhan, etc., where his music seems forced and very average.

I'm not sure exactly which category Arindhum Ariyaamalum falls into. It looks to be a low-budget love story with new faces. But that hasn't stopped YSR. Its songs are all upbeat, fast numbers with emphasis on beats rather than melody. But the album does boast of some very listenable numbers in his slowly-emerging distinctive style. I just wish he'd chosen better singers.

1. En Kannodu...
A middle-eastern sounding song clip starts off this number sung by YSR himself (Sting's Desert Rose anyone?!). Like ARR, YSR too has a husky voice that adds a new dimension to some songs. His voice does suit the song here and bring out the singer's yearning for his lover. At the same time, his faltering at high pitches(of which the song has some) and his lack of proper pronounciation(especially the L sound) affects some portions of the song.

2. Konjam Konjam...
The singer has a nice, rich voice that flows smoothly and almost makes us overlook the pronounciation issues(Konjam sounds like Konjum). The Ye Penne... interludes, which are sung by males and have some strong beats, come as a nice contrast to the melodious tune of the rest of the song and provide some variety inside the song.

3. Sil Sil Sil Sil...
The song, which is all about rain, is currently my favorite on the album. It has a certain joy and exuberance to it and one can almost picture people dancing in the rain and sloshing water around as they sing this one. The parts sung by the kids are especially spirited . My only complaint is about the lyrics, which are strictly pedestrian. A few catchy metaphors(a la Andhi Mazhai Pozhigirathu...) would have made the number more complete.

If you are stuck indoors and feeling down because of rain, just put this song on. You'll surely feel better...

4. Thee Pidikka...
An average number that catches our attention with the use of a small section of an old M.K.Thyagaraja Bhagavathar number. The remixed section fits in surprisingly well with the rest of the song. The song is sung spiritedly by both singers, especially the female.

5. Yele Yele Yele...
A fast and catchy group song that for some unknown reason, reminds me of the Collegeukku Povom... number from Kovil. The tune has a folksy touch to it while the instrumentation is all western, providing an interesting combination.


At 11:04 AM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

I hope the songs dont get murdered stupid & vulgar picturization...

I was watching "pudhu paadal" on SunTV, and they playd "chinna chinna sigarangal"... Srikanth & Gopika didnt change clothes a zillion times, and it was sorta sweet and sensual, BUT the extras could have been avoided!!!

Samething goes for "nuthanana" song from Katka kasadara...

They also played a song from 6.2, the new Satyaraj movie.. The song goes like... "Napolea... Napolea... En mel gundu poda variya" something along that line... ADA CHEH!!! lol.

At 1:02 AM, Blogger F e r r a r i said...

Hey bb,

I felt the beats were very good. But lyrics were screwed up and thats what is going to stop AA from becoming a super-duper hit like 7GRC

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

merino, didn't catch those songs on sun tv yet. But saw one from 'Jithan' which was choreographed surprisingly well. So looks like the 'chinna chinna' songs didnt get censored after all...

ferrari, yes lyrics were too simplistic and silly. but i personally feel the singers get a bigger blame if the songs don't become big hits. YSR slipped in selecting the singers.

At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lyricists who work for Yuvan are 'influenced' by Vairamuthu.. Since he has refused to work with Vairamuthu, he will stick around with Na. Muthukumar, Pa.Vijay, Kabilan, Thamarai, Arivumathi, Pazhani Bharathi and may be Vaali.. While they have proven good in movies like Thulluvatho Ilamai, Kadhal Kondein, 7G, Raam and now in AA and Daas, one can see the declining quality in their verses. Most of them have 'Vairamuthu imprint' on them and they do well when the song is on bringing out emotions.. But, they lack the versatility of Vairamuthu's 'comparison's... He is the undisputed master in that.. (e.g., "unnudhadu serndhaal..." and "vaan mazhaiyil nananindhaal" segments..).

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...


Are you talking about "kunguma poove" song... its such a cute song.

I forgot to add my thought about "Yen kannodu"... It sorta reminds me of "Kannalane" from Bombay... maybe its the end bit?

Anyways... YSR irked me in that song cuz his pronounciation would have been better... why is he killing some of the words???

At 11:26 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

gp, my feelings exactly. the 'sil sil' song would've greatly benefited from better lyrics describing the rain and one's feelings about it.

merino, yes that was 'kunguma poove'. both the hero and pooja danced well and the choreography was very cute.

balu mahendra's 'adhu oru kanaakkaalam' songs are out. music is by ilaiyaraja. liked 2 of the songs on the first listen. the song sung by IR himself is very good.

At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey balaji, haven't you seen the trailer for "AA" in Sun TV the last few weeks. Mighty smashing.. considering it has a few well known names in the technical departments.. I don't know about the low budget part (technically, it showcases higher standards).. surely, has newer faces.. even though the "Jairam" hero, Navdeep, and "Ullam Kaetkume" hero, Arya, are not supposed to be "new" anymore..

Here's a bit from Indiaglitz's preview on the film:
Yuvan Shankar Raja's music has already hit the charts. Neerav Shah, who had cranked the camera for many successful Bollywood movies like Dhoom and Paisa Vasool, has handled the cinematography.

I also saw Sreekar Prasad's name as editor in the trailer credits..

Naah.. the only low budget thing about this movie are the two heroes and the heroine.. everything else including Prakashraj looks expensive! :-)

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

sandya, thanx for dropping in. no still havent seen the AA trailer. but its good to know the clips look good. u've increased my anticipation about the movie :)

At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A dark horse?

By Moviebuzz
Thursday, 19 May , 2005, 09:35

Vishnuvardhan, one time associate of Ramgopal Varma and Santhosh Sivan is back after his first film Kurumbu titled Arindhum Ariyamalum. This film releasing tomorrow has raised a lot of hope and carries good pre-release reports. Last week there were a couple of trade shows and everyone who saw it was raving about the style and presentation of the film.
Arindhum Ariyamalum is the first film in recent times with newcomers that have been sold out all areas even before its release! One of the major highlights of the film is the music by Yuvan Shankar Raja that is youthful and peppy. The star cast has Navdeep, Samiksha, Arya and Prakash Raj in a cameo.

Says Vishnuvardhan: “It is a youthful entertainer with all the commercial ingredients like romance, action, sentiments and comedy”. The trade feels that the film may turn a dark horse at the box-office. The producer is Geeta a popular radio jockey in Malaysia who is already said to have made a table profit.

Got this from So, I guess, the trailers were not lying after all! :-)

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God help us! That's what I can say, after I saw the picturization of "Thee Pidikka" on Sun TV's Pudhu Paadal last Saturday morning. The choreography was alright, but my god, they didn't have to brutalize the song like this!..

MKT will be rolling in his grave, after this fiasco! :-(

At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i totally agree with ur review on AA,just saw the movie..surprise pack indeed!
some how none of the songs stayed in my heart/mind..cos if the tune was acceptable the visual is disappointing..and vice versa..
silsil is my fav...
and sathyan is the same guy i think who sang with kamal in VRMBBS,kalakka povadhu yaaru?
def an upgrade for VV the director fm kurumbu!!
came out of the theatre feeling good..and def liked it better than anniyan!!!:)mayb cos my expectations were not great at

At 9:41 AM, Blogger bl@her said...

I think it is one of the best "family" movies made in the recent times. I would want to watch this movie with my dad and see his delighful reactions relating himself to Prakashraj's emotions for his son. All this except for the songs, too much flesh, I don't know why they have to do this all the time to good movies and great songs. Also, i don't know why Prakashraj is sometimes rated as overacting. I think he is at his best with good directors. His very short performance in "Kannathil Muthamittal" was just mind boggling. Arya/Jamshed, a college senior of mine was my best in the movie though! And, Balaji, I listen to "Sil sil" at least twice a day too.

At 10:34 AM, Blogger jon said...

We are trying to find good movie club to take the kids this weekend. Good movie club reviews are hard to find

I just stumbled onto your blog while looking. Seems to happen to me a lot since I am a knowledge mooch LOL


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