Sunday August 20, 2017

Mersal (Music review), Tamil – A R Rahman

Posted by Karthik

Maacho, with its dramatically diverse soundscape, is Rahman throwing everything including the kitchen sink at it! Awkwardly enough, with adequate gibberish, it sounds like a Harris Jayaraj song – a meta-milestone! Mersal arasan and Aalaporaan Thamizhan are even more disconcertingly disparate, with enough bits of alluring sounds that just don’t seem to cohesively come together. Neethane starts well enough, with a semblance of a likeable flow, but then Rahman—laughably—goes ‘yaache yaache’ and then induces his trademark faux-sufi sound in the second interlude before asking Shreya to—again, laughably—go ‘yaalle yaalle’! Mersal is Rahman’s weakest in ages; for Vijay, it’s Puli-level tedium.

Keywords: Mersal, A R Rahman

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  • Anonymous

    All the hype hasn’t been justified.

    • Sundarhari

      Not really. A good album.

  • Jagdishwaran Prathapanesham

    Why didn’t you give this album a ‘NW1W’ review. I honestly think you should have because you haven’t really covered any positive ground.

  • metalhead

    Dei naaye Poi Album fulla repeat la kelu da dont judge ARR album immediately after first listen …

  • metalhead

    Please stop reviewing AR Rahman album for fuck sake

  • metalhead

    Jobless piece of shit

    • Anonymous

      Wow, it’s his opinion. Stop getting emotional.

  • αmjαth

    Sadly the album neither satisfies Vijay fans nor ARR fans. A biggest let down. And I can relate to your writing being an ARR fan 😀

    • Jagan Kumaravelu

      If you are not part of Vj fans, dont speak for them. Me being a part of Vj fans, I can say that I am loving the album. And just go to Twitter and read the posts – most Vj fans are loving the album. ARR fans are a diff group. For them, they have grown up on very less mass/masala music from ARR and so for them, this album can be a shock. But as ARR said in the audio launch tdy, he’s covering a new set of fans with efforts like this. And I have been an ARR fan for over 20 years now and I’ve loved diff genres of his work and I love Mersal. So please kindly speak for yourself only.

      • αmjαth

        Glad you liked it my friend.

    • Sundarhari

      A very general statement, so unlikely to be true.

      • αmjαth

        As an ARR fan, I cannot help myself but compare his recent works with his yesteryear’s masterpieces and get disappointed at the end. Wouldn’t people compare things to the best always? Since the movie was announced, I know this combination won’t work out since Vijay’s movie requires commercial numbers.

        1. Aalaporan Tamizhan – It’s the top pick of the album. But if you ask me, this is ARR’s weak spot. He could never compose a song like ‘Dhangamari’ or ‘Apadi Podu’.
        2. Neethane – People would hardly remember this song in future. There’s nothing great on instruments or tune itself. It’s just a repetition of same lyrics again and again. The last time it was ‘ennodu nee irundhal’. Does this track come close to ARR’s yesteryear melodies? Or the recent Kaatru veliyidai? Not at all.
        3. Macho – I like the beats and it’s my second favorite from the album. But haven’t we heard it before in Mersalaayiten?
        4. Mersal Arasan – I know some Vijay fans like it but for me it creates a close competition with ARR’s weak numbers like Ek lo Ek muft or the songs form the likes of Parasuram.

        Now, imagine an audio release of Dil se now, wouldn’t that still feel so fresh to ears? Don’t tell me they are two different genes. There used to be this grandeur thing in all ARR albums, where is it now? What happened to Sachin, Mom? Even GV gave a perfect melody in Theri and the new comers like Nivas, Justin or Imman give soothing melodies for that matter.

        • Sundarhari

          A very long post! Do you remember any melodies from kaatru veliyidai? I don’t! How about 24? I remember zilch. Kochadaiyaan is even worse. I songs were good, IMO. Sachin, Mom etc better not talk about those! Compared to these albums Mersal songs will be heard more times! I agree though that ARR is past his best. Like Federer and Nadal.

          • Subramanian Ramachandran

            ARR is past his best………. – a statement that has been often heard since 2001 (Bombay dreams times) but like a Federer or Sachin he keeps coming back……and scores music like a king ………… though at a personal level i felt his last best (as a complete album) was OK Kanmani

          • Sundarhari

            Sachin was good in the nineties, same as ARR.

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            Wrong on both counts. Sachin’s most prolific run scoring world cup was in 2011 WC and I’m sure he had a calender year for 1000 test runs in some year after 2010.
            ARR is no where near going down. If you like 90s so much plz keep at it while we enjoy his current music

          • Sundarhari

            Yet needed a Dhoni to seal the deal. Sachin’s WC ODI influence is seriously overrated. Viv Richards, Aravinda de Silva… they are the WC giants. If you want to talk about numbers, consider Sangakkara.
            Numbers don’t capture the whole story though — WC 2012 being a prime example. As for ARR, he is not going down. But he was at his freshest when he was young and had IR to contend with. Finally, our discussion need not end on a sour note 🙂

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            I did sound a bit sore there 🙂 Yeah I feel the 90s brigade are being so unfair and do not accept any current work. No asking people to go back in time is not going to work. That is true for everyone. It is impossible to create new stuff all the time.. Listening to ARR since Sivaji.. I see no worrysome dip in his creations

        • Dhananjay Jagannathan

          1. He doesn’t have to do a song like that
          2. Can you predict future? The way you talk about Ennodu nee irunthaal makes me cringe. Yes. I have it in my playlist
          3. Those beats are not the same. All Techno is not the same. Its like saying all chinese look the same (and it is racist)
          4. ‘some vijay fans like it’. target audience found.
          What happened to Mom?? It was a female oriented offbeat film. Not a blockbuster hit. Sachin was a documentary. Even a very big Sachin fan like me didn’t bother to see it.
          So lets see.. just taking the popular ones.. just those. Nenjukulle,Innum Konjam, Netru Aval,Moongil Thottam,Pookale,Vaan Varuvan. Yaarumilla,Ennodu Nee Irunthaal,Naane Varugiren,Thalli Pogathey (Tamil).. Safarnama, Tum Sath Ho,Tum Tak,Nazar Laaye,Patakha Guddi,Maahi Ve,Maloom,Saans,Heer,Challa (Hindi)
          All post Rockstar. You 90s fans are mean. Why do you cherrypick so much??

          • αmjαth

            1. I was just implying that it’s not his cup of coffee. Not everyone need to be an expert in everything. ‘He doesn’t have to do’ – I think it’s more about what the movie requires and who the target audience is rather than what you want to do. If it has reached the target audience well, then I’m just happy no complaints 🙂
            2. I was only comparing the repetition of lyrics to ennodu nee irundhal, more than me my kid likes it so much. But that song so much better orchestration and visuals to make it a hit while Neethane is so flat.
            3. I cannot help but being reminded of the ‘the very initial beats of Mersalaayiten, Anirudh’s ‘Oh.! Yeh.! Hha haa haaa’ and the lady part that goes like ‘thara thithi thithi thei’ – No hard feelings, ARR is a gem when it comes to not sound like his previous compositions. So, this could be only me.
            4. Well all I’m trying to say is they don’t have ARR standards that one would easily skip. Now, can you compare them with some documentary, off beat kind of movies he composed before like ‘Zubeidaa, Bose – the forgotten hero, The legend of Bhagat singh – no right?

            All these songs you mentioned are my favorites too (except Challa). I’m sorry if I sounded bad towards ARR and seem to cherry-pick for you. I’m a happy 90’s kid with many astonishing ARR memories and tracks.

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            “I’m sorry if I sounded bad towards ARR”. Don’t make it awkward. I loose the flow of the argument 😀 No a kind of war/sentiment/intense documentary cannot be compared to a sports one.
            For your no. 4 I’d like to say Vijay movies have had really good soundtracks not in masala genre like Theri,Nanban,and Kaththi. Vijay is a type-casted commercial hero (who is good IMO) and hence majority of his music is type-casted commercial.

            I’m glad you like the songs I mentioned. Sorry for any offense

    • Sugadevan

      ARR & VJ fan here.. I’m satisfied with the album. Most of the VJ fans are satisfied.

  • Say Something

    Really liked 3 songs except Mersal Arasan. Far better than Vivegam.

    • Sundarhari

      Mersal arasan tops! Just heard it before leaving for work. Semma song.

      • Say Something

        I usually skip mersal arasan. It was that bad! Now that I have exhausted other numbers, gave this song a chance. It’s not so bad, esp when compared to other composers but.. far below Rahman standards.

        If anyone asks me if I liked Mersal or Bhairava, I have to go with Santhosh…

        Still, better than Vivegam.

        Neethane: yaache, yaache | yaali yaali — I was disappointed at first but there after the no charanam novelty kicked in…

        Over all, a half-hearted (assed?) effort from Rahman but that seems to be good enough for an Ajith or Vijay film anyways!

        • Dhananjay Jagannathan

          Bairavaa over this?? Can’t remember one decent song. Okay ‘azhagiya’ was decent. Vivegam sounds as good as Mersal – Surviva and that metal song being my favourites and Bhairavaa was a tragedy. I am a fan of ARR and vijay. When I heard ‘Papa’ song from Bhairavaa, my mind comes with counter lyrics starting with ‘Po pa’ and the rest ain’t charitable

          • Say Something

            3 great songs: Nilaayo, Azhagiya Soodana Poovey, Varlaam Vaarlam Vaa
            Two “Mersal” level songs, in Bairavaa for this listener.

            Santhosh is the best of this new Generation where as Rahman is all old glory, of late. ARR is improving all the time, finding new things but.. age is fast catching up and even Anirudh is fresh, in comparison.

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            Haha. okay. If Nillayo and recycled Neruppu da is great and Neethane is an okay song for you.. then you are right. ARR is old glory huh.. even ‘of late’ he has produced stunners.
            And by this logic, Matargasti is oscar worthy

          • Say Something

            Whatever works!

        • Sundarhari

          Skipping Mesal arasan is uchchakatta avamanam! Ennappa ippdi sollitta, I love that number with a surprisingly interesting hook.

          • Say Something

            It has very old tune for 80 to 90%. It’s like Rahman deciding “but I have to cover b & c center audience too, being a Vijay film”. Or recycle that old tune nobody bought — kind of.

            But if you liked, great! Whatever works, you know?

          • Sundarhari

            I would be interested to know what old tune it is based on. To me it probably belongs to the “vethalaya pottendi sakthi konjam erudhadi” class of songs.

          • Say Something

            Never a fan of “this song is like that song” comparisons. It’s an accumulation of feelings. You eat something & know it’s not good, move on. How it’s old/not good – can’t be explained.

            For example: I don’t like G.V Prakash. His singing is a huge turn off!

            This song could never work for me! If I try to remember a good Rahman “kuthu” song… Ethukku pondatti from Kizhakku Seemaiyilae.

            This mersal arasan lacks any of its innovation or vigor.

  • Alex R

    Aalaporaan Thamizhan, for some reason, really works for me, the medley-ish tune really clicks for me, but the other three… did not stand up to my expectations. The overhype with the audio launch didn’t help, either.

    It doesn’t really sound like rahman was 100% interested in this project (perhaps 99 songs took priority?), and it shows.

  • Jagan Kumaravelu

    There is a lot of experimentation within the mass landscape that this album sits in. And again, as with the recent ARR style, he doesnt follow conventional route and he opts for some extreme changes in flow in most songs here (except for Neethane, which is closest to conventional that you can say). Mersal Arasan is an insane attempt at experimentation within kuthu format. And truly once your head wraps around it, you enjoy it after a few listens. Same with Aalaporaan Thamizhan and Macho. And this is a very short soundtrack. If Karthik can give this album a few more listens, I feel his views will very likely change for the positive.

    • Alex R

      Does it really matter? There is nothing wrong in him not liking the soundtrack just as there is nothing wrong in you defending it. If you like the soundtrack, that’s all you need.

    • Deepak Samuel

      The ARR apologists are already out in full force

      • Sundarhari

        Appadiya? Sollave illa?

      • Dhananjay Jagannathan

        A very tricky metric(NWIW,100,200,300) for reviews, outright bashing music directors by name (they are creating the stuff which is the very subject of this blog, mind you. If they didn’t… well… ahem ahem)

        • milliblog

          ‘bashing music directors by name’? If I didn’t use name, that’d be sly and extremely unethical. Also, you’d never see the balance of bashing and praising, would you? That these are opinions and they are not based on a ‘name’, but always based on the work that is released? That’s what an apologist does, btw… to look at one part of it and jump to a hasty conclusion.

  • Jagdishwaran Prathapanesham

    Please ignore this reviewer. It’s days like this where he shows he rather be addressed as sillyblog. I mean c’mon who else would base the strength of an album based on lyrics. I can’t comprehend OK Janu getting a kind #200 over OKK’s insulting #100, many would agree music has no language but this partiality between OK Janu over OKK is discombobulating. I won’t accept such view as well thought out! The reviewer wants attention, he has got it but it’s a pity he’s getting attention for the wrong reasons these days. Mersal is a short album, Ar Rehman has not put in unnecessary tunes for the sake, he knows if he composes more tunes , they might get chopped. All song s will hopeful getting impressive treatment and also the end result of mersal is quality and not quantity like sachin OST. I’m happy ARRahamn doing short but weighty albums

    • milliblog

      Ok Jaanu was a 100, not a 200.

      Also, to answer your earlier comment on why I did not give this a NW1W… well, if you can write 151 words to explain why someone should ignore this reviewer, I’m sure I can give Mersal 100 instead of a NW1W. Plus, this is not as bad as, say Rascals or Singam 2.

      • Jagdishwaran Prathapanesham

        I’ve responded to your point about about OKJ being #100. I’m not writing a review in terms of word count when posting my comments here so don’t comprehend what you mean when mentioning I wrote 151 words (I find it quite sad if you were actually counting). I was only requesting people like him to consider ignoring this review and wasn’t forcing him to generally ignore your website. Anyway ignoring or not-ignoring is prerogative and my posts definitely did not solely focus on that. Also word count was asuperficial point I raised, as main gist of my initial comment was your condensending tone. If you didn’t find any ounce of appeal in this soundtrack than that’s fine but it’s unfortunate you start slagging off other soundtracks like Puli, Rascals and Singam 2 just to address your point. All I’m saying is I would’ve preferred an honest NW1W for this rather than a foul #100. Language matters over word count.

        • milliblog

          Word count, generally, shouldn’t matter. I strongly believe that. But, the way I created Milliblog (as a 100 word review blog), the word count tells a story too (or makes a point too). It’s my way of adding a grading system instead of going for 1 to 5 rating or using stars. See: http://bit.ly/25INCZq

          I assume you did not know about this – that explains why you didn’t get why I was focusing on the 100 v. 200 word count. A 200 word review in this blog means I liked that soundtrack a lot.

          Also, I did not *count* your comment’s word count. There are tons of free software (including MS Word) where I merely need to copy-paste your text and it gives me the word count in a second.

          As for the condescending tone, I’ll explain that as a way of expressing my disappointment. One way to do it is to be diplomatic about it and beat around the bush with the choicest words and conclude I didn’t like it. I’d perhaps be doing that if I was a blogger/journalist/reviewer in Chennai and have to meet these composers and artists regularly – I need to maintain ongoing good relationship with these folks and I’d hence be forced to be soft and diplomatic.

          But I’m a total outsider as far as music industry goes. I have nothing whatsoever to gain or lose from the music industry except as a music listener who pays for streaming services/CD and enjoys music. So, I believe I can be as abrasive or effusive as I want while writing about my opinions on music.

          Also, you are incredibly presumptuous to think my giving a NW1W is ‘honest’. Don’t you think that’s for me to decide? At best, you can say, if you didn’t like this album at all, that you would give it a NW1W. Between Mersal arasan, Neethaane and Aalaporaan Thamizhan, there are alluring bits that even I have mentioned. I have also pointed out that I did not think they come together cohesively. So, in my view, this is not a NW1W material as you seem to assume on my behalf.

          • Jagdishwaran Prathapanesham

            You’re honestly disappointed?! Any layman who genuinely likes music and isn’t a fanboy would tell you that this review is unfair. Calling song(s) e.g. Neethanae is laughable is making readers like me laugh. Who said you need to be diplomatic, it’s not a question of sucking up to ARR fans – I’m inclined to think they know the consensus verdict on this album and would brush your review aside like dirt. You wrote above u liked Lingaa, LHDD, etc. The consensus on these albums felt they were average as per ARR’s mettle. Isn’t it ironic you praise routine stuff over exceptional stuff. You’ll probably utter music is subjective which I respect but I find it lame if you’re trying to stand out as different to seek attention against concsensus. Last few ARR reviews haven’t opened the floodgates for comments but this time you succeeded with your attention seeking.

  • Sathya

    meta-milestone lol. Also the music sounds like it is from Bizarro World (Seinfeld)

  • Uday Kiran

    You haven’t mentioned about Veena in Neethane but the other part i.e. Sufi (as per you),doesn’t it sounds you are partially biased towards negative about AR? IMO a review has to be non-biased (should not depend on reviewer’s mood when reviewing an album OR any other related stuff except music). You may disagree but this review doesn’t show you are counting on music.

    • milliblog

      Why only veena in Neethaane? I haven’t (and you haven’t either, in your comment) mentioned so many other things Rahman has used in this soundtrack. Would that naturally mean, you are partially biased tawards negative about ARR too? Also, let me know what you thought about the music of Lingaa. While you are at it, do a search for Lingaa’s music review on other websites. Then, take a look at Lingaa music review in this site. And then let me know if you thought I was negative or positively biased towards ARR.

      And then look at the review of Lekar Hum Deewana Dil in other websites v. on Milliblog.

      To put it simply – bias cannot be defined by missing or adding one instrument, in one review. Bias is decided over a much longer period of time.

      • Uday Kiran

        If you understand my point; why only you are putting the music you dont like like Sufi ( same as you mentioned Malargale was leftover of Sangamam) and why I mentioned only Veena because that is evident and Sufi kind of music is not (except for you) , it doesn’t mean that I do not notice all other instruments, and you also have to keep in mind that mine was a comment but yours was a review (lots of difference) . I also mentioned it should not depend on reviewer’s mood may be that’s the case for Linga but I accept for LHDD it was worth of 200. I am not talking about 100 OR 200 here ,that is up to you but the words you choose to put in the review is my concern . At the end of the day it is your website and I am just a visitor here, let me rephrase my opinion ‘please use not-so-harsh words when you are putting the review in public’

        • milliblog

          ‘harsh’? Did the review hurt your feeling? What you read above is just one person’s opinion – it is not a factual state of Mersal’s music. There can be no factual assessment of Mersal’s or any music, and anything you or I say about music (not just Mersal) fall under ‘opinions’. Individual, personal opinions. You shouldn’t let individual opinions affect you. Would be best if you form your own opinion on the music and let that prop you while reading others’ views.

          • Uday Kiran

            Person’s opinion is personal then why are you hosting your opinions on world wide web? It doesn’t hurt my feelings I am not sure about other’s feelings. But if no one hurts why are you receiving most comments only on AR’s album especially when you give negative feedback about the album? Because people care when you put it on public. That’s it! Don’t take me wrong I am a fan of your reviews for all non-AR albums.

          • milliblog

            ‘personal opinion’ doesn’t mean one has to keep it in one’s own mind 🙂 It simply means the view is one person’s view – you are confusing the word because it has 2 meanings – ‘private’ and ‘belonging to one person’. I meant the latter – that is, view that belongs to me (which naturally means that everyone doesn’t need to think on the same lines and are completely free to form their own opinion).

            On comments from ARR fans for a negative review of a ARR album… that is a good thing, so that people get to read both sides of an album – my view and other fans’ view.

  • kasirajan.t

    Karthik sir I have been following your reviews for the past 4 years I am not commenting about your review since I only enjoy music don’t have any knowledge regarding it but feeling it’s a bit of too hard take on a good soundtrack

  • Prem Kumar R

    Excellent review Karthik, U hit the bull’s-eye this time, Perfect analysis, U just echoed my mind!!keep rocking!!

  • Subramanian Ramachandran

    Glad that this received a 100 worder like OK Kanmani or a VTV ……… and not 200 worder like 24 or Linga or MOM 🙂

    • Sundarhari

      You forgot Kochadaiyaan! Andha paattu ellam enga ippo? Maybe medhuvaagathan is a good melody.

      • Subramanian Ramachandran

        Not kochadaiyaan, that was something i loved and also thought his review was perfectly in sync with what i thought about the album too, i was one of those ARR fans who couldnt digest the diminishing marginal utility comment that he gave for OK Kanmani though as a matured adult i could understand it is just his humble opinion :), thatz why during every ARR album review come to this site and kids him……otherwise have respect for his review and thoughts since 2005 or 06 i dont remember…… also in recent years felt some of the 200 worders esp for Rahman movies (to be fair i mostly follow only those) were looking kind of stretched and forced

        • Dhananjay Jagannathan

          If he gives a retrospect 200s for OKK and Maryan and takes it away from Kochadaiyaan (I’m sorry) ,24 and Lingaa to compensate, I’d not mind

        • Sundarhari

          Bought the Kochadaiyaan CD and listened multiple times. ARR struggled to put catchy numbers. OKK also has a few weird songs.

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            When AR stops to be creative or in your words ‘weird’.. my worry starts. ‘Theera Ula’ is a stunner. Weird or not. And songs DON’T NEED to be catchy

          • Sundarhari

            He was ARR then and will be ARR now 🙂 Not AR.
            Theera ula was good but again forced and contrived.

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            that is what you say.. yeah its ARR.. I just missed a R there.

          • Sundarhari

            Not that I had any major issue over the missed R. It is not about you, it is much deeper 😉

    • Dhananjay Jagannathan

      One more member in ‘if it gets trashed in milliblog, I am lmore ikely to like it’ gang

      • milliblog

        And the corollary? That is, “if Milliblog loves it, I’d …….” (fill in the blank).

        • Dhananjay Jagannathan

          Except for Ranjhanaa and LHDD corollary was true. Yes I’d be wary if it gets praised here.

          • milliblog

            Glad to know you’d make a rule despite having exceptions (more than one). Would love to increase the number of exceptions and break your logic of rule making eventually.

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            As long as one side stays true.. corollary doesn’t matter. I’ve not yet listened to the ‘Rockstar’ album. so three exceptions… Also ‘Kadal’.. duh. 4 exceptions

          • milliblog

            Fair enough.

      • Subramanian Ramachandran

        naa..naa…not always.. it is only after Lingaa..though i liked it is not as path breaking as that of Kochadaiyaan to be placed in the same league as that…… and “24” only he knows why he gave it a 200……… AYM was deserving 200 worder but considering that i would place VTV above AYM and VTV got whacked here ……. anyway these are all just his own opinions, but just that i felt there was a pattern……….

        • Dhananjay Jagannathan

          Kochadaiyaan was yawn inducing. Call ‘Enge pogutho’ a disjoint song.. I’d agree. Mersal Arasan ain’t a disjoint song. 24 was downright disappointing. Apart from the ‘Mei Nigara’ song, there was absolutely nothing to take home for me. Melodies were super awful. AYM was middling for me. I thought Raasali got derailed due to sudden switch to classical. Also I’ll take Vaan Varuvan over Avalum Naanum any day. My fav songs from AYM are ‘Thalli pogathe’ and ‘Idhu Naal’ . VTV is miles ahead of anything that is not Maryan in my books.

          I,Endhiran,Maryan,VTV,Sivaji .. got trashed here and I like em. Thats why I commented 🙂

          • Sundarhari

            Kochadaiyaan was a MIGHTY disappointment, when one was expecting something of K2 or AP caliber. It also included a very commonplace number that Latha Rajnikant sang — simply a lousy number! KT was middling level. Idhu naal varaiyil is a flowing song and very enjoyable. These days only two songs in every ARR album are really good. The rest are just fillers.

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            Let him experiment. He has done all you want in the 90s. I am perfectly fine with it. Thats the thing with experiments – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But when it works, it is a new experience. I say bring it on. He’s not doing mainstream films anymore. One Shankar movie once in a while and that is it. He’s not disturbing the music order or something, Just doing something new from his space. I am proud to be ARR fan as he dares to do hit-or-miss stuff.

          • Sundarhari

            I am looking forward to a “Ninaithale Inikkum” or “Payanagal Mudivadhillai” type of album from him. Since he does only one or two each year there is plenty of time, so why not?

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            You have to consider the change in music tastes and even movie sensibilities.. times have changed.

          • Sundarhari

            Good music will always be cherished and nurtured, be it now or fifty years back or in the future. A Subramaniapuram song “Kangal irandal” was welcomed by most — even with changed music taste, sensibilities, whatever. A recent song (GPeterM unreleased film with Dhanush) that cleverly combines “Chinna Kannan Azhaikkiran” and “Endhan Desathin Kural” has found great acceptance — during my recent trip to India everyone was raving about it and then I pointed out its possible origins. No offense meant but this putative change in tastes and sensibilities is all blah blah with no real substance 🙂

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            That might be because it was different to what came at that particular time. If every melody turned out to be like ‘Kangal’, I’d be so disappointed. That song is reminiscent of a different era. OKK songs were cherished by most. So now what?? Will people who found it to be bad stop complaining about it??

  • kanaka amarnath

    back off jerk, its an absolute hit album…

  • Sri R

    It’s when looking at these comments/borderline abuses that you realize why there are few ‘critics’ and more tight-rope-walkers in the music review world! 🙂
    Rahman can do “mass” like no-one’s-business. It’s the assault of the different rhythms/patterns, the kitchen-sink technique, that makes this a tough listen. There is usually one track this way in most of his recent works (Magudi in Kadal comes to mind). This seems to be his entire collection of them all.Well called out, Karthik.
    There was a time when he scored for largely listless movies. The trend now seems to be the other way around.

    • Sundarhari

      Down-to-earth music respecting the sensibilities of one kind of listeners. Music catering to the mass still has the ARR signature aplenty! You can’t expect BS like that Latha Rajnikanth song in Kochadaiyaan, can you? To my consternation, Milliblog was raving about that listless number!

    • Dhananjay Jagannathan

      The most interesting hobby as a not-a-purist Rahman fan (90s was before my time) is to find out such tracks and put it on loop for a couple of weeks and find out what I like about them. In the magudi song.. the female singer singing ti-ti-ti-ti-ti magudi is my favourite 😀 So yeah I want ARR to use his sink more. And do sink albums that I can enjoy.

  • Sundarhari

    Honest recount: I listened to Alaporaan two weeks ago and was disappointed. I LOVE it now. Mersal arasan is perhaps akin to “vethalaya pottendi”(MSV’s Billa number) and a superb one. Except for the gibberish perhaps, Macho has nothing in common with Harris, IMO. The orchestration rocks. The second interlude chorus is something quintessentially ARR. Three “mirattal” songs and a lone melody which is good too. The ‘yaachae’ and ‘yaalae’ are novel touches adding to the beauty of Neethane. I see nothing disappointing in this album. Much better than the likes of the hyped Kochadaiyaan.

    • Dhananjay Jagannathan

      Neethane was unfairly criticized and so was Macho. And so true about Kochadaiyaan. Read the review before listening. Only ‘Idhayam’ stuck with me for a while. I deleted the rest. Same with Lingaa. ‘Mona’ stuck for a while. Rest got deleted. ‘I’ and ‘Endhiran’ were viciously trashed in this blog and you know what.. majority of those songs.. I still hear. ‘Maryan’ review was totally unfair and now when I think, it is one of my fav rahman tamil albums.

      As for this album, it is above average. Neethane is worth repeat hearings and Macho is fun while it lasts (and it was intended that way). The rest will look good on screen (as they are visual oriented). The only reason those two tracks aren’t repeat worth (for me) is not because of the music or tune.. but other aspects and personal reasons. So this album is more a hit than a miss

      • Sundarhari

        I would give the album a 3 out of 5, maybe even 3.5. The two songs I love are Aalaporaan and Mersal arasan, especially the latter, only because the tune is not flat as in some ARR songs. These two will kick ass when the movie releases. The melody Neethane is good but nothing extraordinary from ARR’s repertoire. Macho is a fun song.

        • Dhananjay Jagannathan

          Neethane need not be extraordinary. It is just such a feel-good song. and I like it. If there was a rocking theme music.. I’d give it 3/5 literally (minimum).. As I said have got reasons to not really like (as in repeat hearings) the other two songs

      • Sundarhari

        Enga pora raasa from Maryan was a blade song.

        • Dhananjay Jagannathan

          If you man bad by ‘blade’ song.. We’ll have to disagree. Last week watched the midnight recording video of that song and still got the chills. So nope.

          • Sundarhari

            My comment is that of a layman’s. Why make the tune so contrived and slow? It should flow, IMO. Let me listen to it again and see if I can digest it now!
            To add something more, compare with, for example, the song “Angum Ingum paadhai undu, indru nee endha pakkam”, the glorious smooth MSV number. Hope you get my point.

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            I find no need to go that back in time. You are talking before IR. Man.. 😀 . I give it to your music experience. The Maryan song in question flows enough for me. It makes feel what the composer is trying to convey.. the pathos and all.. and the guitars are bliss. This ‘layman argument is the most irritating thing ever.

          • Sundarhari

            Yes, that far back in time, ha ha. To me it seems “Enga pora raasa” is composing at its ‘labored best’ and hence lacks free flow. With my limited western songs hearing experience I would consider that ABBA song chiquitita sufficiently pathos inducing. Anyway, let me listen to “Enga pora raasa” now and see where it leads me to.

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            I’m just over 20 years old. I’m fine with my generation of musicians. 🙂 No offense

          • Sundarhari

            No offense taken. Your generation of musicians are Anirudh et al. ARR is one generation before.

          • Sundarhari
          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            Have heard this before. I dunno how.So it seems people can bear with na-na na the whole song but not Yaache for a couple of lines. Problem is this style is dated. Song sounds good. See.. there might be people who like old MGR songs.. but when I see one.. when I was compelled to watch in the name of giving a try, it was cringe-worthy. Everything about it. So tastes and sensibility changes are real and that is why we don’t have black and white films anymore. It doesn’t mean that there weren’t black and white films that were enjoyed by most at the time. It is just reality. Time moves on.

          • Sundarhari

            I was not born when GR composed his songs, but the music can still be enjoyed. Many old MGR songs are still highly enjoyable, such as “vizhiyae kadhai ezhudhu”, “neela nayanangalil”, among others. Many Sivaji duets are still considered evergreen, such as “Ninaivale silai seithu unakkaga vaippen”, “Neramithu meramithu”, among others. I don’t think the so-called taste and sensibility changes are going to make people ignore good songs, old or new.
            “Kangal irandal” is a lovely tune and so was welcomed, as will be others in the future.

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            Ask this to any person who wasn’t indocrinated with the music sensibilities of those eras and you will get the same answer as you get from me. There is no pressing need to go back in time. There are plenty of things to look forward to. Tamil and Indian music ain’t the only music that is out there. Nowadays music sensibilities have become globalized. I can easily switch to a random metal/EDM/Blues/Techno Pop if I find Indian film music mundane, sparing me time travel. ‘Kangal’ worked because of throwback and nostalgia factor (in addition to being enjoyable). My point about black and white films for instance. You are in denial about this.

          • Sundarhari

            Maybe I should ask your opinion twenty years later 🙂 Because our ‘generation” was not “indoctrinated” with fifties music, yet we still love many of those great songs. Also, tamil film music is also about lyrics, at least for me.

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            Lets say after 20 years.. I’m still not going to persuade youngsters to listen to music of my times especially when they don’t feel like it. I don’t mind listening a full on beat boxing track for a full 20 minutes.. nor Japanese or Spanish songs for that matter. Language doesn’t matter.. neither lyrics.. it is just the beats,arrangement and enjoyment (at least for me). Even lyrics reflect the thoughts and morals of the time which change too. Its a touchy topic that I don’t want to get into. In short, I have no time for nostalgia

          • Sundarhari

            You never know 😉 Good having this discussion. Until the next ARR album, then.

          • Dhananjay Jagannathan

            Yeah 🙂

  • hikicha

    Intha sarcasm kuda puriama irukakalen :))))

    -MumbaiRamki

    • Sundarhari

      yentha sarcasm na? konjam puriyum padiya sollunga.

  • Kiran Kumar Bandiatmakur

    For me, Mohenjadaro not just as a movie but also as a music album is a semblance of benchmark in terms of A R Rahman’s nadirs in terms of music. Now that I have set my expectations so low any album looks just fine, so is this.

    • Sundarhari

      Semblance of benchmark is as nebulous as anything to explain ARR’s nadir! It gives a semblance of ARR”s decline. Yes, only outward appearance of decline.

  • Dhananjay Jagannathan

    I can see you cut down abuses in the comments. What’s with ‘learned from parents’ thingy?? Which year is this now?? 1800??

    • milliblog

      You got it! The outdated practice of assuming that abuse is a form of an argument or opinion (in place of a counter-view) needs to be tackled with an equally outdated practice of invoking the abuser’s parental influence. You guessed it perfectly.

      • Dhananjay Jagannathan

        I am not opposed to you mod-ing the abuses

  • M.siva Ram

    It’s his opinion we can respect it rather than arguing about this.His opinion on VTV album is negative and we all know what is the verdict of the album..Everybody has different taste

  • jeanjohny

    Macho is an Earworm, truly addictive!

  • vishnu prasad

    The review doesn’t seem to be fair. I feel the album was made targeting a particular type of audience and i also find it working so well among a lot of people with time. It also has interesting things which an usual ARR album has, but it has been kept quite simple. I strongly feel you have rushed to throw away your instant opinion on this article.

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