Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Kanda Naal Mudhal Audio

The Kanda Naal Mudhal soundtrack is a delightful one. Two of the tracks never fail to put a smile on my lips and the album on the whole brims with energy(and not the fast beats, duppanguthu-style energy either). For Yuvan Shankar Raja, the songs here are as far away as possible from the songs in movies like Raam and 7/G Rainbow colony and the listenability of this one is proof his versatility. Chalk up one more hit for the ilaiya Raja.

While I usually look forward to soundtracks from high-profile movies like Chandramukhi and Anniyan, this soundtrack has made me look forward to the movie eagerly. And if the SUN TV trailer is any indication, the picturization does do justice to the spirit of the songs.

1. Kanda Naal Mudhal...
This one begins like a typical Carnatic song. But the western beats are a pleasant surprise and make it sound more like a remix of a Carnatic song(possibly the first ever?). The song and the beats blend nicely and inspite of the fast beats, the song never loses its melody and flows smoothly from start to finish.

2. Panithuli...
This song is kicked off(and then interspersed) with some funny lines(aduthadhu aduthadhu eppovunnu maamiyar kekkum munne ara dozen pethu kodunga!) but is actually a very soft, melodious and catchy number. Shreya Goshal, with her smooth, golden voice, once again reminds me why she is my favorite female singer while Kay Kay sings the high pitches with passion.

3. Erimalai Naane...
My favorite number in the album so far. The song starts off like one of those numbers playing in the background during a hero's rags-to-riches saga(kinda like Vetri Nichayam...). But we soon realise that it is more a war of words between a man and a woman. The Paar Inge Porkalam... section is sung with such enthusiasm by Shankar Mahadevan. The lyrics are hilarious(nee irukka dhrushti sutha poosanikka thevaiyillai!) and inspite of the everyday conversation-like words, the song still has a very hummable tune. I like every second of this song, right upto the ominous-sounding war beats that finish it off.

4. Merke Merke...
Shankar Mahadevan sings this one with his usual intensity and his deep voice contrasts nicely with Sadhana Sargam's timid voice. The lailailai... humming adds pep at the right places. The 2 stanzas have a very catchy tune.

5. Koo Koovena...
The 2nd humorous number in the album, this one has the guy and gal exchange romantic words while another guy and the gal put each other down. The tune isn't as catchy as Erimalai Naane... but the lyrics are just as funny(dhaayakkattai kaiyil illaa sakuniyada; kondai illaa veenai illaa naradhanadaa). The romantic and funny lyrics coexist nicely without damaging the flow of the song.

6. Pushing It Hard...
I'm not a big fan of YSR's singing since he screws up the high pitches and his pronunciation leaves a lot to desired too. Not too many high pitches in this number and so he is actually quite listenable. But the rap song-like number reminded me of a number from Pudhukkottaiyilirindhu Saravanan during its Tamil portions. Definitely the number I listen least to on the album.


At 11:20 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

Havent heard that yet..I didnt much like Chandramukhi's soundtrack...altho Jothika's acting was terrific!


At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi BB,

Had listened to KNM audio on release. Was real catchy in the first listen itself. Title track is my fav, love the way he has mixed carnatic and western instruments.


At 11:45 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

keshi, 'chandramukhi' is definitely one of my fav albums so far this yr. good variety and foot-tapping numbers.

arun, i think i liked 'erimalai naane' because it was so diff. from other songs i've heard lately. but for pure melody i'd have a tough time choosing betn the title track, 'pani thuli' and 'merke merke'. truly a wonderful album.

At 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly the album I was waiting for one of you bloggers to come up with a review. I have been listening this one for more than a month and I am mightily impressed with it. None of
the songs resemble another (or any of his previous compositions except the rap number which as Balaji said reminds of YSR's 'Where do we go?' from PKS).

'Kanda Naal Mudhalaai...' (Subhiksha, Pooja) - When I first heard this one, the first thought was ARR's attempt in westernizing 'Alaipaayudhey...'. Isn't the basic tune of the song same as the one from the carnatic source? YSR has just added some percussion to it. The
singer IMO has done a nice job and it is a decent attempt though not as good as ARR in Alaipaayudhey. I liked the violin that comes in the background with the lead singer all along the song.

'Yerimalai Naane...' (Shankar Mahadevan, Vasundhara Das) - Though the basic tune of this song is not great, the orchestration is. Right choice of singers. Shankar Mahadevan is amazing especially when he sings 'Paar Inge Poarkalam'. As Balaji said, the theme of the song is quite different from the usual stuff we hear these days. I have heard (& seen) a
similar song in theme in Malayalam last year though I don't remember the film's name. It goes something like the heroine tying up the hero and torturing him all throughout the song.

'Koo Koo yena...' (Harish Raghavendar, Mahalakshmi Iyer & Karthik) - Again, not a great tune but good techno orchestrations and the theme similar to the previous song with Harish and
Mahalakshmi singing a happy duet with Karthik chipping in with with a few lines cursing the heroine. I saw this one on the trailer and liked the picturization and totally looking
forward to the movie. Right choice of singers again, except for Mahalakshmi for messing up the pronunciation at a few places. I liked the 'Andapuzhugi, Raaktchasi, Veshakaari..' lines :-)

'Pani Thuli...' (Shreya Ghoshal, Kay Kay, Thanvi) - A great melody from YSR. Shreya's voice sweeter than honey !!! Kay Kay does a good job too. It starts off with a nice folksy tune
and some funny lyrics as Balaji mentioned and transforms into a haunting melody. The 'Oh oh oh..' humming part just before 'Pani Thuli pani thuli' sounds just great. Kay Kay does a good job with his modulation.

'Pushing it Hard...' (Yuvan Shankar Raja, Clinton, Premji) - Another one of YSR's attempt at rap, hip-hop. Looks like it has become a routine with him after 'Raam' and 'Arindhum
Ariyaamalum'. Though, i won't say that this is a great number, I feel it is a good effort for a rap song in Tamil. I can clearly see inlfuences of 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Nelly in this one. It is easy to miss the tamil lyrics in this song but I thought it was a great one for a
situation like the one in the movie. It talks about pushing a guy into marriage and the tragedy that follows it :-)

'Merke Merke...' (Shankar Mahadevan, Sadhana Sargam) - I kept this one for the last coz this is my favourite number of the album. It starts off with Shankar Mahadevan humming 'Lai Lai Laii...' in high pitch and Sadhana singing at a melodious lower pitch. YSR does a great job in making them sing in contrasting pitches and he picked just the right singers for that. The stanzas at places remind of YSR-Shankar Mahadevan's 'Manasu Rendum...' from Kaadhal Kondaen. Shankar Mahadevan is simply outstanding and beats Sadhana hands down in this song.

YSR comes up with a truly versatile soundtrack after 'Thulluvadho Ilamai' and 'Mounam Pesiyadhey'. IMO, one of the best albums of the year till date.

At 3:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, 'Merke Merke' and 'Pani Thuli' are my favorites as well.

After a long time, I think there isn't a clear #1 in Tamil music directors today. YSR is a little more reliable than Vidyasagar, and more prolific than Harris J or ARR.

At 4:36 AM, Blogger Raju said...

Balaji, I was wondering so far why no review of KNM from you.. esp. since you reviewd Totti Jaya immediately after its release. One of the female bloggers had reviewed it soon after its release and Keerthi, on the very next day itself, recommended 'Kanda naal muthalai' strongly.

I loved the songs and they are in 'My hot music' for almost two months now. As Maverick said, "Kanda naal muthalai" (which is my faaaaavorite in the album) has good inspiration from 'Alai payuthey'. But, the flute and sax interludes take the fusion to the next level. Awesome song. I love the other songs too, especially 'Pani thuli'... The beauty of that song is, if you swap 'panithuli' and 'suriyan', the song becomes a FACT. Nice imagination on weird things happening in love. 'Pesumbothey pesumbothey mounamaanom'.. sweeet.. :-)

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raju, kanda naaL mudhal is not an original composition. The fusion idea might be Alaipaayudhe inspiration but the song itself is a carnatic composition. Kanda naaL mudhal is better than some of YSR's recent horrible stuff like Dass etc.

At 9:02 AM, Blogger bl@her said...

Guys, please gimme a break. I am listening to the track now, given all the raving reviews. I hope you have listened to the original "Kanda naal mudhalai" track sung by Sudha Ragunathan. At least ARR made Alaipayudey more paceful than the original, Yuvan seems to have just left the song untouched, he cannot even claim it his. And the "Merke merke" starts like "Another day in Paradise" and adapts the same brackground throughout. Anywayz.. still listening, but feel "Arinthum Ariyamalum" was a much better soundtrack.

At 9:09 AM, Blogger bl@her said...

Forgot to add, "Pushing it hard" is funny. Hope he stops singing after all these feedback :-)

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

I love this album! Well except for pushing it hard.. thats nto my fave, but the other songs are really great to listen to.

Merke Merke makes me feel like I'm floating... and I just started getting into Pani thuzhi... But erimalai been my favorite since day one, but I think its getting pushed down by pani thuzhi =P.

I cant wait for this movie.. I just adore Prasanna, he's a delight to watch!

At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

havent listen to any of the songs as yet but will probably do that this weekend...
reg. the movie, yes, I'm really looking fwd to it...and yes merino, Prasanna was awesome in both 5 Star and Azhagiye Theeye...definitely a promising young talent...just hope he continues to land some good roles...

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

mav, impressive review :) especially since we pretty much make the same points! u're right on the right choice of singers. no one else could've added the spunk to 'erimalai naane' the way shankar mahadevan does.
prasanna delivers the lines for 'kookoovena' perfectly in the trailer. the other guy seemed kinda stiff. hope thats intentional to make the picturization funnier :)

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

prakash, thats true. can't say any of the 3(YSR, HJ, Vidyasagar) is #1 right now. problem is they arent really consistent. thinking back, if u take raja's albums in the 80s or ARR's albums in the 90s, almost every album was good. so few duds. but these guys give a good album and then follow it up with albums like dass, thotti jaya and ji.

raju, started writing this almost 2 weeks ago. just kept postponing it :)

anu, haven't listened to the original 'kanda naal mudhalai'. so no comments on that.
'another day' is the phil collins number right? 'merke merke' reminded u of that? i'm usually not good at recognizing traces of 1 song in other unless its pretty obvious. but 'another day' used to be a favorite and i've listened to it so many times. so i think i would've picked it up. lemme hear the track again tonite with that in mind :)
i think KNM is better than 'arindhum ariyaamalum. it has more variety and the choice of singers is much better. the latter one is something YSR really screwed up in AA.

merino, didn't have much of an opinion of prasanna earlier. but 'azhagiya theeye' really tapped his comic potential well. the few lines he utters in the KNM trailer(the way he compares laila to some diseases) are very funny. he says the line with a deadpan expression and the perfect tone.

ram, u have an ipod and still havent listened to these songs? what r u waiting for?! hurry up and d/l them :)

wonder when its gonna get released. if its too late in october it may get buried under the biggie diwali releases.

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

will be listening tonight.


bb, i have never seen you so enthusiastic about any music album at this level recently (with the exception of the Tiruvasagam in symphony)


At 9:45 PM, Blogger anantha said...

ummm... I don't know why most of you hated Pushing It hard. For me it was one of the highlights. It might be pretentious which it obvsly is, since hip hop, if I may say so, is not a TFM forte. But its a change from the usual numbers and YSR seems to be the only one wanting to venture into such things (ok, other than ARR ofcourse). And I will appreciate that.
Last weekend, oru 6 hr drive la... only Raam and Kanda Naal Mudhal.. maathi maathi... particularly Pushing it Hard and Boom Boom. Car stereo la it was awesome.
Koo Koovena and Panithuli are my other picks...Cant choose between the three!

At 10:11 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

sundar, its been a few months since i heard a soundtrack where i liked ALL the songs. hence the enthusiasm :)
and i havent heard TIS yet. so that couldn't have been me. unless u're talking about the anticipation b4 its release.

anti, i think ram mentioned this b4 too. 'boom boom' on the car stereo when driving on the freeway is really awesome.

At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a hip-hop fan, I liked 'Pushing it Hard' and I think it is pretty good effort by YSR for a rap number which suits the theme for a romantic comedy such as this.

I even liked the 'Where do we go' from Pudhukoattyil irundhu Saravanan though it was inspired from Police's 'Every Breath you Take...'.

And his hip-hop attempts in Raam and Arindhum Ariyaamalum weren't bad either.

At 3:29 AM, Blogger NS said...

Why so late in reviewing this album?! Been hooked to it for the past month or so... really good effort from Yuvan...

Like Anti says, I too loved Pushing it hard... Infact I liked all the songs, cant single out one favorite... And am waiting for the movie... I love the guy Prasanna.. extremely natural performer..:)

Trailer is already out? When does it come on sun tv? i shud catch up...

At 3:32 AM, Blogger NS said...

one more reason to wait for the movie, its got PC behind the camera... so the songs GOT TO be picturised well..:D

At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no posts on a fine, sunny disappointing :(

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

nithya, always wait a li'l bit to write about soundtracks. wanna let them grow on me. and its only after a few listens that i start paying attention to lyrics. but this was a bit later than usual. time dhaan problem :)

yep trailer's out. and i love it. prasanna shows a natural flair for comedy and it looks like its been used well.

didnt know PC was behind the camera. 1 more reason to look fwd to the movie!

ram, i know. i think yesterday was the 1st weekday(other than during the breaks) when i didnt post something new. actually felt a bit odd :)

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Me too said...

Ya, pretty good album. 'Pani thuli' is my favourite. With nice cast, an interesting newcomer as director(a female and that too an Asst. of Manirathnam, I hear!), this sure is the next good movie to look forward to.

At 3:52 AM, Blogger Sirnapper said...

I agree with most guys, this is a great album, really good effort by YSR. Although Balaji u mensioned that "Kanda Naal Mudhal" could possible be one of a kind, but in alipauthey the "alipauthey kana alipauthey" has a similar carnatic song with western beat. Possibly ARR beat YSR to it?????

At 8:18 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

i havent been able to get kanda naal mudhalai out of my head for the last two days. wife is pissed that i am always humming it.


great fusion mix.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

sirnapper, thanx for stopping by. yeah a couple of others mentioned 'alaipayuthey' too. for some reason i thot that 1 was pure carnatic and not a remix. been awhile since i heard it and so could be mistaken. hence the comment :)

sundar, almost all songs in this one r hummable. for me its the 'paar inge porkalam' bit in 'erimalai naane'. end up scaring those around me when i suddenly launch into it in hi pitch :)

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At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

balaji...late commenting on this...
but YSR tho not my cuppa tea has done well...and ippo ellaarumay inconsistent in their good to hear an album where almost all songs r worth sunoing more than 1ce:)
hrd its releasing first week of dec:)
RAMMMMMMMMMMMMM how cld u say prasanna acts!!!deadpan expression...eppovumay:)))
good thing u r in chennai,will get yr eyes tested;)

At 7:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kanda naal mudhalai song is very classicaly sung. Its very nice to hear.
also it carnatic based .so it very good

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