Friday December 14, 2012

Kadal (Music review), Tamil – A R Rahman

Posted by Karthik

Chithirai nila is a serene opening, powered by wonderfully hopeful lyrics by Vairamuthu, adorned with imaginative background changes and ending on an anthemic high! Sid Sriram powers Adiye with supreme confidence – of course, the song itself is perhaps the first ever old school Gospel style in Tamil and it blends brilliantly with Karky’s lyrics. Vairamuthu’s words are achingly beautiful in Moongil thottam, as the superbly harmonious tune is handled amazingly well by Harini and in particular, Abhay Jodhpurkar. Add Sekar’s cello, Keba Jeremiah and George Doering guitars amidst the sweeping backgrounds… the song is pure magic! The ebullient Elay keechan is like that love child of Mustafa and Rasathi – an addictive combination of reggae’ish base, fantastic choral harmony, and a tinge of Country music. Keba Jeremiah opens the CD version of the mesmerizing tune of Nenjukkule, while Ann-Marie Simpson helps ably with her violin. Shaktisree Gopalan is outstanding as she delivers a knock-out performance with her expressive vocals. Rahman uses the Chennai Chorale to mighty good effect for the hymnal sound Anbin vaasale seeks, while Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam delivers a hyper-energetic, reimagined redux of Yuva’s Dol dol in Magudi. Kadal’s soundtrack is a veritable world music feast in Tamil!

Keywords: Kadal, A R Rahman, Mani Ratnam, #200, 200

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