Varanam Ayiram – Music ReviewPosted by Anandhan Subbiah on Sep 24, 2008 in Featured, Movies, Music, Personal • 25 comments
The golden combination of Gautham and Harris are back and the album simply rocks. Gautham has always managed to get the best out of Harris and this album is no exception. Harris has still not stepped out of this comfort zone but has managed to innovate within his self imposed boundaries.It will be impossible not to praise Harris for an excellent album. Thamarai has written the lyrics for all the songs except one which is penned by Na. Muthukumar. The strong emphasis on lyrics and melody is the forte of Harris and he has arguably been very much responsible in reinstating melody and emphasis on the vocals back in Tamil music.Harris has relied heavily on the guitar and has made the best use of it in this album
Nearly all the songs are sure to rule the charts for a long time to come.
Adiyae Kolluthey (Krish, Benny Dayal, Shruthi Hassan)
A typical Harris Jeyaraj Song with a heavy metal guitar interlude. Shruthi Hassan is the surprise package . She has a unique voice and that adds an exotic flavor to the song. Krish is another talented new comer and he actually sets the platform for Shruthi to build on. This song is sure to be a rage among the youth audience.The best thing about this piece is my American friend who is a avid heavy metal enthusiast enjoyed the song and wanted to listen to it again even though he did not understand a single word in the lyrics.
Nenjukkul Peidhidum(Hariharan, Devan, V.Prasanna)
A very impressive song sung by the evergreen Hariharan.The lyrics are as usual very prominent.The song has a nice rhythm to it.Hariharan has taken the song to greater depths with his amazing ability to control his rendition even at a high pitch. Make sure you don’t miss the haunting interlude in the middle.This song is sure to be a big hit.
Yethi Yethi (Benny Dayal, Naresh Iyer, Solar Sai)
A fast paced song with an Arabic feel to it. Harris has composed this song for the dance floors and has done a terrific job with the tune and the music arrangements. It is refreshing to see Harris experiment a bit with his arrangements.
Mundhinam (Naresh Iyer, Prashanthini)
The awesome Naresh Iyer gets to sing the best song of the album. Prashanthini , another new comer is another impressive singer and matches Naresh to make this song very memorable.The guitar piece in the background sums up the mood of the song. The lyrics as in any Harris composition take center stage. The music arrangements help this free flowing song to keep the pace. The overall rhythm reminds me of the George Michael hit “Faith” although there is absolutely nothing else is common
Oh! Shanthi Shanthi (Clinton, S.P.B.Charan)
Another impressive song. This sounds like a faster version of Nenjukkul Peidhidum. There is a delightful rhythm to this fast paced but melodious song. Charan reminds us of his illustrious father. Clinton acts as the perfect foil to charan. He gets the chance to hum to the heavy metal guitar and he has done a commendable job.
Ava Enna (Karthik, V.Prasanna)
The Kuthu song of the album.I am really not sure what Harris or Gautham were thinking but this must be to satisfy the masses. It is neither fast or appealing so this must be one of those experiments which failed . This song could still be a hit with the Gana crowd.
Anal Maelae(Sudha Raghunathan)
A slow and melodious song. The music arrangements reminded me of the 80’s in a good way. Sudha has such a terrific control over her voice and she sustains it throughout the song. She is also able to express the anguish and sorrow of the character clearly with her voice. Harris deserves a lot of credit for trusting Sudha to perform with minimal music arrangements.
Buy two copies ! This album is a must have for any avid music lover.