Wednesday August 7, 2013
Irandam Ulagam (Music review), Tamil – Harris Jayaraj
Karthik is in his elements in Kanimozhiye, a typically breezy Harris-style melody – it is loaded with familiar elements from the composer’s repertoire, but the really absorbing tune makes all the difference! Two veterans – SP Balasubramaniam and lyricist Vairamuthu rule En kaadhal thee, a slow-burning tune with Harris playing around with interesting accompaniments like whistling and accordion to add depth! The composer again gets the singers part perfect in Mannavane – Shaktishree Gopalan and Gopal Rao (of Agosh fame!) make for a unique duo for the endearing folk-style duet that gains from Harris’ imaginative orchestration layered beautifully with guitar. Vinnaithaandi‘s techno sound, in comparison, seems tepid, but Dhanush brings back the spunk with Pazhangalla, a meditative kuthu with exotic Latin and Middle Eastern-tinged sound! Hariharan and Sriram are great together in Rakozhi, though the tune is a tad too simplistic to make an impact; Harris adorns it with a sound that is best in the soundtrack, however! The theme music, featuring Chennai Chorale and Chennai Orchestra is mesmerizing! Harris Jayaraj’s first collaboration with Selvaraghavan throws up an interesting soundtrack. It may not touch the high the director gets with Yuvan, but is still a highly listenable and note-worthy effort!
Keywords: Irandam Ulagam, Harris Jayaraj, Selvargahavan, 200, #200