Sunday November 16, 2014
Lingaa (Music review), Tamil – A R Rahman
On nanba is a stunning album opener! Rahman goes full on Middle Eastern, loads on the dance elements to the already zingy tune mildly reminiscent of the iconic Greek-Egyptian Misirlou. SP Balasubramaniam and Dinesh Kanagaratnam, along with the chorus singers deliver a riotous song. In Indiane vaa, the song Rahman chooses to sing himself, Vairamuthu’s lyrics elevate Rajinikanth beyond his usual state-wide ambitions… into national-level aspirations, given the film’s water-sharing crux. Rahman is dependably good, as is the background chorus and the inspiring, pulsating orchstration. The background in Unmai orunaal vellum could have well been from Lagaan – it is that familiar and stock-Rahman, but Haricharan delivers Vairamuthu’s poignant verses with the necessary soul. En mannavaa is wonderfully sweet, thanks largely to Aditi Paul’s vocals, with able support from Srinivas. The orchestration, like Unmai orunaal, is a bit of a spoiler given its familiarity. Mona gasolina is where Rahman plays with his listeners by throwing caution to the wind. He lets Mano, Neeti and Tanvi loose on Madhan Karky’s funky lyrics and a free-flowing tune that the result is a awesome musical high that is loads of fun. Lingaa sees Rahman perfectly balance superstarry expectations with his own musical sensibilities.
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