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Tamil music from second half of November- Reviewed

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The second fortnight of November offers an excellent assortment of tracks featuring a handful of debutants.this review features some new talent along with renowned composers of the industry from this genre.

 

Murada Murada – Dhanusu Raasi Neyargalae – Ghibran – Sony Music South/Vevo

Bombay Jayashri’s sedate vocals are the highlight of this alluring composition by Ghibran. The ace Carnatic musician is in superb form in a tune that is right up her alley. The whispering of the lyrics in the background and the solo violin (uncredited) add up beautifully.

Rating – 8/10

Yaaru Mela – Dhanusu Raasi Neyargalae – Ghibran – Sony Music South/Vevo

A fun wedding song that is catchy and playful, sung by Sowmya Mahadevan & Lijisha Praveen. Sowmya is brilliant in the Charanam, as Ghibran layers the track with a fitting Nadhaswaram and punchy rhythm. Madhan Karky’s lyrics are fun and capture the essence of the situation aptly.

Rating – 8/10

Maamazhai – Naanum Single Thaan – Hitesh Manjunath – New Music India

Despite his iffy diction, Armaan Malik breezes through the serene melody and is a great choice to sing this one. The song reminds one of Harris Jayaraj’s heydays, especially when the backing vocals kick-in. Kabilan Vairamuthu’s poetry is enjoyable.

Rating – 8/10

‘Ithuvarai’ is another slow burner from the album that makes an impact in the voices of Nivas Srinivas and Chinmayi Sripaada. Hitesh was apparently introduced to A.R.Rahman by Shri.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, after he announced in a gathering for future scientists (which he was selected to be part of), that he wanted to be like ARR and not a scientist. Interesting! This is an interesting debut and I look forward to his next already.

Easy Come Easy Go – Vaanam Kottattum – Sid Sriram – Sony Music South

Sid Sriram’s second single from his debut film album works much better than the first one, both in terms of tune and appeal. The singing is familiar and the arrangements are adequate. But the song works as a package and the title hook is infectious.

Rating – 7/10

Unna Nenachu – Psycho – Ilaiyaraaja – Sony Music South

This is the septuagenarian composer wooing the gen-next and giving them a taste of his genius. Listen to the second interlude featuring the string ensemble and you will know what I am talking about. And for Sid Sriram, this is a marked departure from his signature style and he carries the tune adeptly. The haunting composition layered with the Maestro’s trademark arrangements will linger for a long time. One wonders if the lyrics are way too simple and a tad bland, though!

Rating – 9/10

Payanangal (Non-Film) – Chennai Street Band – Independent Release

‘Payanangal’ is the debut album of Chennai Street Band lead by Singer-Songwriter-Composer Srihari Jagannathan and features, Goutham Healer (Drums & Rhythm Arrangements), Akshay Yesodharan & Sabi Thankachan (Guitars), Adithya Gopi & Akhilesh Subramanian (Bass), Sebastian Satish & Ganesh Ram. Apart from the above, the album features some great talents in collaboration – Manonmani (Sarangi) & Keba Jeremiah (Acoustic Guitar), among others.

The album is a wonderful assortment of compositions that feel organic in terms of tunes, arrangements, and lyrics. Of the 7 tracks, ‘Nadodi’, ‘Mayavi’. ‘Yaaro Aval’ and the title track ‘Payanangal’ are my top picks. The sound is seasoned and each of the tracks appeals instantly. It would be interesting to see them composing for a film, sometime soon. with an author-backed script, say like ‘Aruvi’.

The album is available on all major streaming sites.

Rating – 8/10

The 4 new tracks from ‘Irandam Ulagapporin Kadaisi Gundu’ (Tenma) coming on the back of the 2 superb singles released earlier were quite disappointing. It will be interesting to see how they play out in the movie. ‘Apdi Pakaadhadi’ from Jada, composed by Sam.C.S and sung by Anirudh Ravichander and Swagatha.S.Krishnan is a decent listen.

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