Friday, October 02, 2009

What I am listening to now...



Prejudice/bias warning ahead! :)

Name
Artist
Album
My Comments
Om Shivoham...
iLaiyarAjA
Naan Kadavul
This is a masterpiece creation. The chants, the cymbals, the general mood of the creation - to top it all, when you watch this on video with Arya on in shirasaasan! How did IR know to use these precise sounds to create the mood that the song does?
Adadaa...
iLaiyarAjA
Pithamagan
When I first heard the song, it sounded catchy. The orchestration is also quite complex. After you see this once with the movie, the load the song carries on its shoulders begins to sink in. I think this "genre" is unique to IR. Another song that comes to mind is "ulagamE nEE" from Ivan.
Maanam Idi Idikka...
iLaiyarAjA
Unnai Nenachen Pattu Padichen
A trademark IR song. Simple rhythm, catchy tune, precise emotions. Throw in SPB/SJ - it's typical 80s song!
Mahadevaya Namaha…
Isha
guruvin madiyil
This song will reflect how far Sounds of Isha has come in its journey from its humble beginnings. I think what keeps the music so sublime is that their creations are still being done like an offering.
Souls of insects...
Joshua Hults
ccMixter
This is my surprise discovery. Search for this track on ccMixter - it's available for free for download
kannil thAgam...
kArthikrAjA
achchamuNdu achchamuNdu
KR seems to have this knack of catching a song from the heavens and giving it in audible form. The pain in this song is incredible. By and far when KR gets a movie after long gaps, he still has the audacity to experiment with tunes like this!
Kurai Onrum Illai
kosmic
Sacred Chants - Vol VI
This is the traditional "kuRai onRum illai" song, but mildly reorchestrated by Stephen Devassey. It only accentuates the impact with superior recording and the awesome prelude. If people know what they are doing, there is no sacrilege in endeavors like this. He's left the core soul of the song intact
Aathi Vadaiyile...
Soundaryan
Sindhu Nadhi Poo
Soundaryan is one of those talented music directors who has faded off because of his flopped movies. Balabarathy also comes in mind. Our vision is so shortsighted. This happens when the criteria is "hit". This song is an example of making the case of "inspiration" through the sheer strength of a tune - rather than resorting to fancy orchestration (nothing wrong with that though). But doing it through a tune requires access to both the emotion and the skillset of translating to the aural counterpart.
Shambho Shiva Shambho...
Sundar C Babu
n-AdOdigaL
Sundar C Babu absolutely nailed it. I watched it with the movie first before I had a chance to listen to the audio. I remember Sasikumar walking with an intense look on his face when "Shambooo" started. The impact was quite powerful. Though the "Shambo" and "Shiva" lyrics were just added for impact and make no direct relevance to the movie situation, the song really carried a lot of load. In fact, it allowed the director to crash about 3-4 hours of video time in 4 minutes because of the song's intensity. I got the CD just for this song!
kaNdEn kaNdEn...
vidyAsAgar
pirivOm san-thippOm
Just wait for the opening flute piece to start - there on it is highway to heaven. The lyrics, the tune and the corresponding emotions are a dizzying concoction. VS's melody making capability is excellent!
methuvA methuvA...
vidyAsAgar
pirivOm san-thippOm
Two in one movie! The intimacy between a husband and a wife - how more beautifully can you capture this in a song! (not necessarily referring to sexual intimacy)
Paadu Paadu...
vidyAsAgar
Sengottai
When I first heard this song, it touched me so deeply that it had me going into a deep musing about "Science" and "Spirituality". But seriously "தாரம் தவிர இன்னொரு பெண்ணை தாயாய் நினைப்பது இங்கேதான்..." - is this any longer true in India? Or is the reverse true (sorry if it sounds too crude). We cannot keep going back to our once glorious culture. We're really rotting today as a culture!
rangu rangammA...
Harris Jeyaraj
bhImA
The big drum sounds are great in this song. Some how, the "feel" of dancing on a boat is there in this song! Lyrics are unfortunately trashy!
ava enna...
Harris Jeyaraj
vAraNam Ayiram
Supposed to be a dappanguththu - but I've noticed this in HJ songs - it has a modern underlayer always. This song is no exception. But it is good - he managed to bring a feel of pain in the song even though it is a dance number
muththammA...
iLaiyarAjA
azhagar malai
I loved the opening of the song - the bonding between two lovers and the flow of romance is clearly visible. Of course, the director must have said to IR - it is a "love song with group dance" - LOL. It goes down hill from there. The lyricist also does a commendable job in screwing the rest of the song
Thanni Konjam...
iLaiyarAjA
Julie Ganapathy
I am not sure who the singer is, the insinuating tone of the voice is incredible. In the movie itself, the situation of the song was totally uncalled for, but having decided to put this there, the song really does it's job.
n-Adu pArththathundA [IR]...
iLaiyarAjA
kAmarAj
The time duration of the song matches with the video footage length (which cannot be altered because it is a historical recording). The tune itself has a happy and a pathos version. The happy version is of different time duration and has a peppy
undertone. I think it is an IR only realm! When it comes to the place "வலிமை இருந்த போதும் மிக எளிமையோடு இருந்தான்...", it pains too much. We lost another great leader owing to our apathy again! Such a shame :-(
oru kudam...
Isha
pasumaikkarangaL
It is drizzling right now as I type this. We are not talking about science here, but an emotional connection of happiness and our primal relationship with water that falls as rain. It goes back many million years! Beautiful.
Lucky Lucky...
rahmAn
Ratchakan
Imagine a cricket match where the batting team needs 40 runs of 20 balls. Very tight. A wicket falls. Becomes harder. Then, a batsman walks in and scores 25 off 6 balls. Now it becomes a no contest. SPB is that batsman in this song. Intentionally or otherwise, the opening with Sukhwinder singh (with his usual தமிழ் கொலை) sets up a nice contrast for the cameo performance of SPB in this song. An interesting tidbit is that, Sukhwinder singh's voice is used for SPB on video, and SPB's voice goes to Nagarjuna. Irony! I can't remember how many times I must have listened to this song so far!
thadakku thadakku...
vidyAsAgar
Athi
Another beautiful song (largely unnoticed) in celebration of rain. I think VS can come up with a tune like this in the instant of a finger snap!
ippavE ippavE...
Vidyasagar
rAman thEdiya sIthai
This is another song that captures an intimate setting between two lovers. It was interesting that it was given to Pasupathy on video, and that he plays a visually impaired man in the movie.
muNdAsu sUriyanE...
Yuvan Shankar Raja
saNdakkOzhi
I like this song mainly because of Rajkiran. He effortlessly handles the huge load placed on his shoulders. Especially, the lines "கம்பங்கூழு குடிக்குமொரு கடவுள் ஏதடா? அத எங்க ஊரு எல்லைக்குள்ள வந்து பாருடா..." are too good!

5 comments:

Anupama said...

Am so in love with this rendition of "Vaishnava Jana To"
http://music.pz10.com/album/2051/Vaishnava%20Jana%20To-Various.html
(There is a youtube video also)

Artists: Pandit Jasraj, Eashwari Pandit, Alka Yagnik, Chitra, Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam, Jaspindar Nirula & Shaarang Dev

Also has the lyrics
http://www.ramanuja.org/sv/bhakti/archives/all94/0016.html
Par-stree jene maat re
[Considers some one else's wife/daughter as his mother]

Ramsi said...

Your comment for 'Paadu Paadu...' -> Sadly, the reverse is true in many situations. It's too painful to even acknowledge this.

Raja Songs said...

Om Shivoham...

I listen to this song over and over again. It is such a wonderful song.

Raja Songs said...

Om Shivoham...

I listen to this song over and over again. It is such a wonderful song.

Ramsi said...

Your comment for 'Paadu Paadu...' -> Sadly, the reverse is true in many situations. It's too painful to even acknowledge this.

 
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