Monday, July 04, 2005

'Adhu Oru Kanaa Kaalam' Audio

Balu Mahendra is one of the few directors who (I believe) has stayed with Ilaiyaraja as the music director for all his films(Fazil is the only other director I can think of). Their combination has resulted in some memorable tunes like En Iniya Pon Nilaave... (Moodupani), Raja Raja Chozhan Naan... (Rettai Vaal Kuruvi), Kanne Kalaimaane... (Moondraam Pirai), Maharajanodu... (Sathi Leelavathi), etc. in the past. Their latest project is the Dhanush-Priyamani starrer Adhu Oru Kanaa Kaalam, which has five songs.

1. Andha Naal Nyaabagam...
This song is vintage Ilaiyaraja. A slow but catchy number with unintrusive music, it grows on you easily. Both Vijay Yesudas and Shreya Ghosal sing smoothly and their young voices suit the leisurely pace of the song.

2. Ennadaa Nenaiche...
An average song that, with its image-boosting lyrics for Dhanush, sounds out-of-place considering that its a Balu Mahendra film. But has some fast beats that could inspire some real duppanguthu steps from Dhanush.

3. Kaattu Vazhi...
This song is sung by Ilaiyaraja and is another slow, melodious number. His nasal, raspy voice is strangely soothing as always(remember Thenpaandi Seemaiyile...?) and coupled with the slow beats(in fact the song starts with no music at all), makes this one a very nice lullaby. The lyrics are kinda inspirational too.

4. Kilithattu Kilithattu...
A playful song sung by Bhavatharini and Jyothi, this number once again takes us back to the 80s. Bhavatharini's child-like voice suits the mood of the song and you can almost imagine a bunch of girls playing as they sing this one in the midst of some scenic spots captured beautifully by Balu Mahendra.

5. Unnaale Thookkam...
Malathi has sung this one(about a woman pining for the hero) with a sultry voice. Her energetic singing is the best part of the otherwise average number. My guess is that this is the number picturized on Dhanush and Tejasri. But Dhanush is no Kamal, Tejasri is no 'Silk' and the song is no Ponmeni Uruguthe...!

Overall, this is an average album though two of the songs(1 & 3) can be termed must-hear if you like Ilaiyaraja's 80s style of music. But if Kannum Kannum Nokia... is your all-time favorite song, I can safely state that this album's not for you :-)


At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

am going to listen to #1 and #3 this evening...Illayaraja's scores for Balu Mahendra have always had two things--> soft instrumentation and beautiful lyrics...and of course, sometimes they throw caution to the winds!

more additions to your list:

Nalam Vaazha and Ellorum Sollum Paatu from Marupadiyum...even the salty Aasa Adhigam...

Adiye! Manam Nillunaa Nikaathadi from Neengall Kaettavai (Galeej!)

Pudhidhaay Thoandrum and Sembarathi Pennoruthi from Raman Abdullah (anyone remember this movie in the first place?!)

At 2:29 PM, Blogger ioiio said...

1st one is amazing.. I listened to it atleast 10-15 times yday.

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am yet to listen to it.. but after ur review, I will surely do.. esp. 1 and 3..

My other favorite IR-BM combo song:

Ila Nenje vaa- Vanna vanna pookkal

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji... just read ur reply to my comment on Rajni's 'Symphony release speech'.. I also think he spoke of it just spiritually.. but, u may not be true in terms of Anniyan vs CM in terms of box-office..

This link says Anniyan is breaking records in Chennai..

Says even its audio sales have tremendously picked up after the movie release..

When I saw the movie in Atlanta, the theater was house-full, with extra chairs being put for those standing. And, public request made it to be shown for a 11:30 PM show!! He is doing great business..

At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

andha naall nyabagam is going to grow on me slowly...something spl. about it...

not sure of kaattu vazhi...romba andha naall nyabagam varudhu indha paatula!

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

I was staying clear of this album cuz IR's songs take a while to catch my attention, but I'll surely check it out...

I cant believe you mentioned kannum kannum nokia, you evil evil man.. I've been tryin to pry it off my head and now itsback... all thanks to you! *HMPH!*


At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I was very much disappointed with this album initially as there are no any classic numbers which we are bound to expect from IR-Balu combo but anyway after a couple of listening i liked four of the songs and especially 1 and 3 are too good.


At 4:54 AM, Blogger Kaps said...

I liked 1 & 5....somehow feel that Oru Naal Oru Kanavu is better.

At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GP anniyan is SO NOT running me,i live in chennai!!!:)
i second u balaji..#1 and #3 grow on u...tho vijay has sodhapified big time!
apart fm the undoubted diff in level of talent/genius bet dad and son pls note the way the two have treated shreya's voice..i mean IR vs YSR,ninaithu ninaithu vs andha naaL nyabagam!!!one knows thamizh the other is well versed in tanglish!!!same girl same voice listen to her pronounciation
..indha paatil oru pizhai in uchcharipu iruka???!!!:)
have lyrics for both songs,whoever wants can mail me:)

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, i think i've seen raman abdullah. but defly dont remember any of the songs...

ioiio, yep... doesnt seem all that special the first time but gets pretty addictive soon :)

gp, so what did u think of the 2 songs?

skanda, true... but isnt it better to go by the music director rather than the hero?

merino, LOL. that surely wasnt my intention :)

suresh, my opinion exactly!

kaps, have just started listening to ONOK. so far i like 'khajuraho' the best

At 11:05 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

rekhs, so 'ninaithu ninaithu' was shreya too?! thats one song where i hated the pronunciation. thot it spoilt the otherwise lovely song. but i loved shreya's voice and singing in 'andha naal nyabagam'. quite a change... wonder if its practice or good tutoring :)

At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

def the maestro's tch!:)
hey guys off the track do suno selvam songs..esp oh venn pura 1 vednathangal vandhadhay..karthik has done a gd job..cant believe its deva!lyrics fanatics can mail me :)the visual is =ly good..
thendral uma's dress sense sucks big time but she has done a grt act,big time underplay and is sure to b talked abt!!watch out for selvam!!!
agathiyan strikes gold..
def a must-c compared to anniyan!!!
sorry to have digressed:)

At 2:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

balaji did u suno konjam thira fm ONOK...shreya and sonu nigam..
sonu has the same kaelvi gnyanam that SPB sir has...and i wld vote for that and the other song Ilayaraja starts with a dialogue with vaali(?)kaatril varum..
khajuraho takes the third seat!:)
do give these 2 songs another hearing:)tho the same song repeated as a grp song tells us the diff bet kaakai and kuyil..:))


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