Friday April 15, 2016
Iraivi (Music review), Tamil – Santhosh Narayanan
Onnu rendu, with a languorous Chandrababu-twang and perfunctory singing by S.J.Surya, has intoxication written all over it, including that morning-indication ending. Kadhal kappal gets its mojo in its alluring anupallavi that Santhosh carries with panache. The wedding-reception-style Ilayaraja ode, Solla thudikkuthu, made of Tamil film titles is utterly awkward. Anthony Daasan handles Othayilla with his anguish-laden vocals, amidst ultra-minimal sound. Dhushta‘s sound is mesmerizing; Meenakshi and Dhee deliver it with an other-worldly feel. Manidhi, with Vivek’s impactful lyrics is a rousing wake-up call to subjugated women, though the tune is very Rahman. Less album-friendly (perhaps more situational) soundtrack from Santhosh.
PS: The other morning-indication (ending with morning) song—though the morning signified the total lack of awareness of time while speaking to the loved one, unlike Onnu Rendu’s too-drunk-to-care-it-is-already-morning, is Azhagan’s lovely, Sangeedha Swarangal! K.Balachander, working for the first time with Maragadhamani, had employed the Doordarshan opening theme to indicate morning, unlike the random Bhoopaalam raaga tune with bird sounds in Onnu rendu!
Keywords: Iraivi, Santhosh Narayanan
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