Wednesday February 25, 2015
Yevade Subramanyam (Music review), Telugu – Radhan & Ilayaraja
Nikhitha Gandhi’s super stylish vocals prop Beautiful zindagi‘s already funky tune, reminiscent of Lenka’s pop music style; the chorus in the song too adds tremendous value. The short title song is equally cool, Ramy breezing through the vocals admirably well, though it is Radhan’s backgrounds impress the most. Ranjith and Ramy are fantastic in the racy Nuvvu nuvvu kadhu, even as Radhan makes great use of the punchy rhythm and horns, and even some nadhaswaram thrown in for good effect. Harini sounds ethereal in O kala, a thoroughly endearing melody, beautfully handled by the composer, particularly in the waltzy orchestration and the sweeping violin in the interludes strongly evoking Ilayaraja. Mohit Chauhan seems to struggle in the opening notes of Idhera, but eventually owns the song with the engaging rock sound. The soundtrack’s big surprise is Ilayaraja’s 1995 Tamil song from Avatharam, Thendral vandhu, rehashed by Raja himself to scintillating effect in Challa gaali thakuthunna, presenting another perspective to the already mesmerizing song. Senthil and Rihitha offer aptly soulful vocals in the song’s new version. Composer Radhan debuted with a great Andhala Rakshasi, but lost track in the Tamil film Vaaliba Raja. In Yevade Subramanyam, he makes a superb comeback!
Keywords: Yevade Subramanyam, Radhan, Ilayaraja, 200, #200