Tuesday October 4, 2016

Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

Posted by Karthik

Double OK is the weakest of the soundtrack, with a rather generic Tanglish outlook, but with an interesting rhythm-twist mid-way. Imman’s Raja’ish tendencies open up from Idhukkuthaanae aasappattain, a scintillating and punchy melody superbly sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Vandana Srinivasan that escapes specific raaga-identification, though it beautifully alludes to Lalitha raaga in the anupallavi, as Vandana goes, ‘Kurumbilae thaalaattum valayalin osai nee’! The composer takes the Raja’ish melody focus a step further in Yaenadi, in what seems like Keeravani raaga, and layered with what is now easily associated with his signature-style – busy and delightfully engaging orchestration that peaks especially well during the interludes, reeking of Raja all the more! Karthik and Shreya Ghoshal are in brilliant form here, and Shreya’s solo version of the song strips the busy’ness of the orchestration to present an equally alluring variant! The soundtrack’s scintillating highlight is Andha pulla manasa, using what is possibly Simmendramadhyamam raaga (with a smattering of Gowrimanohari too?) to phenomenal effect. Imman presents a wonderful twist after the first stanza, to gear up awesome guitars and changes the backdrop dramatically! In Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay, Imman once again proves why he is so, so good at presenting immersive melodies like Ilayaraja!

Keywords: D.Imman, Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay, #200, 200

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