Varanam Ayiram – Music Review

Posted by Anandhan Subbiah on Sep 24, 2008 in Featured, Movies, Music, Personal25 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.

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  1. Good album and Great Review !!!

    In this album – I somehow didn’t get that heard before feeling … I felt that was one of the Highlights of this album . Maybe its due to Harris’s musical arrangements – orchrestrisation – that we get that feeling

    One more surprising aspect … Three songs were released in the net prior to the official release .. out of which only Adiyae Kolluthae features in the album

    Raagasiyam and Meele Mudiyama are the other two which are equally good …dont know if this is a part of the movie … the songs have the HARRIS stamp all over it … did they decide not to release it ??… then its a loss

  2. Neat review.Glad you hilited HJs speciality of giving sgnificance to lyrics. Additionally he has been able to extract most clearest and best diction of tamil from singers in recent times (minus very few songs – Vaigasi nilave for ex).

    Agrre Munthinam paarthene is the best song although I feel Adiyae Kolluthey may be the most popular songs (ring tone). Well move over Sakkarakatti I guess.

    Now , if Gautham can picturize these songs as beautifully , will be good…

  3. songs are really kool , especially “annal maele” & “munthinam paarthaene” rocking …

    dude ur site looks gud…

  4. Real nice work. Mundhinam is the best of all. Great background to match with two pleasant voices. A sure hit I guess. I also liked sudha’s Anal mele, especially the second bit, superb experiment.

    I would rate harris next to Rahaman followed by yuvan. Good folks to give best of music.

  5. Very Kool Album , but we all except Harris to do experiments and music as like ARR does it …
    All of his songs are just smooth in tune composition and there are no variable peak and saranam variations this what ARR is always top in chart !!

    We except different from you Harris rather than same tune being recycled and lot of Inspirations especially .
    1.) Adiyae Koluthey has Inspiration from AC/DC – Love Bomb Album:Ballbreaker
    2.) Mudhinam has inspiration from The George Micheals – Faith

  6. Same old tunes are reused again by Harris, Anyhow its Good !!

  7. Anal Maelae is only the superb songs if you able to listen it carefully you like it.. Others are just we can hear 20 times or lesser not more than that which is Harris’s usual stuff… Tune composition of others are smooth and normal compositions…..

    Kudos to Harris !!!

  8. Hey that was a good review . I felt Mundinam and Nenjukul gave me that already heard feeling. But its a very good album on a whole . The site is good :)

  9. Interesting comment on Ava enna. When you say, “one of those experiments which failed”, what kind of failure do you mean? Is it ‘you think its a failure in some sense’ or are you assuming it will fail ultimately with the listeners?

  10. This is the first time Harris has composed a Gana song and I really think that it does not suit him. I think it is a failure on Harris to get a nice rhythm going with some peppy beats but like i mentioned in the blog it could still be a hit with the audience.

  11. God, I kind of became addict to these songs, although I skip adiye, ava enna, yethi yethi. Rest all sounds to be master pieces. Few interesting things to note. usually harris have atleast one song from bombay jayshree, but he tried sudha ragunathan this time.

    Also, harris is trying to have an soft rock type emblem as his trademark in tamil songs. Although rahman, yuvan and others have had their share on this type of music, harris seems to give best in this trend and sticking constatnly. Especially check the hits that came after pachaikii muthucharam and unnale unnale. Most of the songs are soft rock/pop type, like a band playing live music with drums and guitar. I feel the similar flavour with mundhinam, nenjikul, omshanti.

    Good stuff harris!!

  12. God, I kind of became addict to these songs, although I skip adiye, ava enna, yethi yethi. Rest all sounds to be master pieces. Few interesting things to note. usually harris have atleast one song from bombay jayshree, but he tried sudha ragunathan this time.

    Also, harris is trying to have an soft rock type emblem as his trademark in tamil songs. Although rahman, yuvan and others have had their share on this type of music, harris seems to give best in this trend and sticking constatnly. Especially check the hits that came after pachaikii muthucharam and unnale unnale. Most of the songs are soft rock/pop type, like a band playing live music with drums and guitar. I feel the similar flavour with mundhinam, nenjikul, omshanti.

    Good stuff harris!!

  13. On a whole its a master piece and there is no doubt about that…Its really difficult for a music director to come up with regular musical hits and I see only Harris and Rahman in this list..Harris has to prove a lot and has to retain his consistency for another few albums which I believe is a cake walk for harris..Only then he will attain the status of being called as a musical genius..But the fact wether Harris can come near Rahman is truly un predictable!!!!

  14. hai harish……………….& surya,,,,,,,,,,,,,,very fentastic combine team.
    all songs very nice,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  15. HAI SURYA,,,,,,,,,,,,
    ALL SONGS VERY SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER HITTTTTTTTTTTTTTT….

  16. wow awesome combination surya and simran

    gud job done…keep it up man

    hats offf gautham….

  17. oh my god!!!!! all……..the songs are fantastic and superb! excelent! wonderfull! surya is so….. handsome and i’m melting when watch that movie!!! emmmmm………..100 times thanks to gautham ,harish , and also our actor surya who makes that movie more wonderfull……..!!!!

  18. thuniyaal kanneyum katti kayye kaathile neetti innum thedura avale thaniyaa engae ponaalo… Wow… Eyes getting wet… Thumbs up to harris…

  19. George Michael is also a great singer and was quite famous in the 80’s era.,..

  20. George Michael have created lots of scandal in the 90s he he“*

  21. anandhan subbiah,

    I Heard The Song “Oh Shanthi Shanthi” One Day In Accident.But It Was Very Slow One.I Don’t Know What VersionIs That But It Was SLOW AND CALM Song More Than Movie Song.I Really Appreciate If You Can Send Me A Link To Download Or Listen To That Slow Version Of “Oh Shanthi Shanthi”IT Is The Most Beautiful Tamil Song Heard In My Life.I Like It So Much And Want To Hear It Again.
    PLEASE SEND ME A LINK TO MY E MAIL>>>>
    I REALLY APPRECIATE IT…..

  22. PLEASE SEND ME A LINK ……………………….
    PLEASE……..

  23. Here you go :

    http://www.anandhansubbiah.com/gallery/Songs/Harris/02+Nenjukkul+Peidhidum.mp3.html?

  24. I Have No Words For Thank You
    Thank You so Much Yaar………………………..
    Its So Beautiful……
    Thanx Again……….

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