As the curtains draw to a close on the 2010’s, here is a look at what the Tamil music industry offered in the last fortnight of the decade. Dhanush starrer ‘Pattas’ and Vijay Anthony starrer ‘Thamezharasan’ had their complete soundtracks launched during this period apart from a few customary singles.
Piriyadha Enna – Pattas – Vivek-Mervin – T-Series Tamil
Vijay Yesudas and Niranjana complement each other beautifully in this sweet duet that gains abundantly from the layered arrangements featuring the Chennai Strings and Nathan’s Flute & Pennywhistle. One can expect this song to climb up the popularity charts and stay there for some time, once the video is out, akin to ‘Machaan Machaan’ from Silambattam (Yuvan) and that we hope will work wonders for Niranjana and we get to hear her more often.
Rating – 9/10
Pudhu Suriyan – Pattas – Vivek-Mervin – T-Series Tamil
Firstly, it is a pleasure to listen to Anuradha Sriram prominently, after quite some time. Vivek & Mervin hand her a dreamy lullaby and she aces the rendition, backed by a sedate piano and a string ensemble. Lovely track!
This one is available only as part of the jukebox.
Rating – 8/10
‘Jigidi Killadi’ works for the catchy hook and rides on Anirudh’s enthusiastic vocals. ‘Morattu Thamizhanda’ is high on energy and hits the right notes to round up the soundtrack that has a good assortment of tracks.
Vivek Siva & Mervin Solomon, debuted with Vadacurry in 2014 and were music producers and engineers for Anirudh, with whom they formed the band ‘Zinx’, before branching out on their own.
Dhom Dhom – Naan Sirithaal – Hiphop Tamizha – Think Music India
Despite the slightly off diction, Sanjith Hegde’s nuanced singing, a sweet Malayalam portion (reminiscent of Omana Penne) sung by Anila Rajeev and the rap portion by Adhi himself, come together cohesively in this enjoyable track. The ‘Dhom Dhom’ reprise holds it all together well and Manoj’s solo violin (that briefly launches into what sounds like ‘Jigidi Killadi’ from ‘Pattas’) stands out. The music video is very nicely done as well.
Rating – 8/10
Azhagu – All About Love (Non-Film) – Ghibran – Sony Music South
This is Ghibran’s first pop single under the ‘All About Love’ series and he produces a thoroughly enjoyable track layered with his trademark arrangements featuring Keba Jeremiah on the guitars and Shruthi Raj’s peppy percussions. The lyrics by Viveka & Soundara Rajan with lines like ‘Aadhar card-ulayum azhaga nee theriyuradi’ sit pretty. Above all, Ghibran’s excellent rendition and the loopy usage of ‘Azhagu’ in the Pallavi, is what lingers on.
Rating – 8/10
Paakkurappo Pakkurappo – Thamezharasan – Ilaiyaraaja – Divo Movies
This is vintage Ilaiyaraaja stuff and in the able company of Neeti Mohan, the master dishes out a sumptuous duet and works his charm despite his aging vocals. Watch out for the trademark strings and the superb vocal harmony. This one is on loop!
Yaavum Yaavumey – Thamezharasan – Ilaiyaraaja – Divo Movies
There is a sense of Deja Vu when you listen to this track first. But the typical Raaja melody takes over and the stylish arrangements with a trippy violin make for an easy-listen track that could easily fit into a Sathyan Anthikad template as is. V.V.Prasanna & Vibhavari Apte are adequate.
Rating – 7/10
‘Thamezhanoda Veeramellaam’ oozes energy and has Sid Sriram on a sticky wicket – something he would have possibly never dreamt of singing. The tune itself sounds straight out of a 90’s Kasthoori Raja film, though. S.P Balasubramaniam and K.J. Yesudas get solo tracks in the album that do not add up to much.
Vivek – Mervin’s ‘Pattas’ has a nice assortment of catchy and engaging tracks and should work wonders for the film’s release fortunes. Ilaiyaraaja’s ‘Thamezharasan’ though stuck mostly in a time warp, makes up with 2 fantastic duets. The bygone decade saw a paradigm shift in how the industry functions and how music is conceived, perceived and consumed. Here is looking forward to another fantastic decade of great music, innovation and joy!