9.26.2007

Sivi soundtrack

Finally after a lot of search, I grabbed a copy of ‘Sivi’ soundtrack with music by Dharan. I couldn’t find Sivi audio CD for past two weeks and finally found it almost in a dustbin from a small CD shop. Infact, CD has with songs from one another movie it costs only Rs.19. Who should we blame on for this situation? Why there is such poor marketing for even good products. If we ask them, they would blame us for downloading the songs online, piracy etc. What else are we supposed to do if the audio CD is not available in the stores for such a long time? First of all, why don’t the audio companies realize the potential of a good music. Are really deaf people working there? Mistake is on both sides, we the listeners should feel the importance of buying originals and the also audio companies should care for marketing the music in a better way to reach everyone. Anyway let me stop complaining and get back to the routine…

P.S.Dharan
had quite a debut with ‘Parijaatham’ though, I don’t think it was a complete soundtrack. I had problems even with the most popular song ‘Unnai Kandenae’. But ‘Parijaatham’ music definitely helped us to notice a spark in this young composer. ‘Sivi’ is a completely enjoyable soundtrack. We speak about catchy music and the songs of ‘Sivi’ are perfect examples of that. Dharan doesn’t compromise the freshness and quality of music for being catchy and that is a notable quality for a newcomer.

‘Oh Nenje’ is a beautiful hip-hop melody with nice rap portions sandwiched within. I am not a big fan of rap music, but I liked this Dr.Burn’s rap because it is in chaste Tamil with some meaningful words (unlike say a Blaaze or Premgi ones). ‘Maayavi Neeyae’ is one of the best songs of the year with an unusual format, beautiful bass lines and lot of rhythm variations. Apart from the main melody, the two motifs, the female humming and the violin piece are beautiful and adequately placed at appropriate places.

Sivi theme has a dark feel written over it with usage of lot of e-sounds. Dharan gets heavily inspired by the background score of ‘Requiem for a Dream’ for this theme but somehow makes it up by mixing these eerie sounds with the vocals of Sunitha Sarathy (funny that CD outer cover which I bought credits Na.Muthukumar for writing the lyrics of this song). Neruppum is full of Arabic arrangements and nonetheless catchy. I hope Dharan gets some worthy projects in future.

9 comments:

jaazay said...

I'm afraid you might have picked up a pirate version of the CD. I am really doubtful you could get an original audio CD for a measly Rs 19. That's almost giving it away for free. Dharan's efforts should go towards a more worthy project, as you have said. But I still have some reservations on his music. It has a "something missing" feel when he tries to make his music extraordinary but nonetheless catchy.

Also, do take a look at my blog www.r-e-m-o.rocks.it for my view on the movie Sivaji. I am a fan of A R Rahman & Shankar. And pls do comment. Thanks

Suresh Kumar said...

jaazay - I also had that 'missing' feeling in 'Paarijaatham' but definitely not in 'Sivi' may be better mixing would improve the audio quality... and i will chk ur blog

kanna said...

enakku onnum avlo impressive-a thonala, liked parijatham better.
The entire soundtrack sounds a bit too techno, I think, and vocals aren't given nearly enough importance. Yetho Nadakuthu from Parijatham was similarly techno, but the vocals were clear and were definitely the focus of the song. In Sivi, there isn't any song that seems perfect, not sure why I have this feeling. Maayavi Neeya is a decent effort, and it was the only song I was attracted to on first hearing. But I really think the vocals should be a lot louder; I didn't realise the main vocals had started when first listening to the track, I assumed it was one of those vague soft humming vocals one might hear before the main melody starts.
Strangely my opinion of Sivi and Parijatham seems to be the opposite of yours: I thought all the Sivi tracks were promising with wonderful ideas but continually lacked an extra something to make me hooked, whereas in Parijatham I remember being surprised at how complete the sound was for a newcomer, especially in the tracks Unnai Kandene and Yetho Nadakuthu.
Maybe this is just a personal preference, but I hope Dharan's next project has some non-techno-sounding songs. Sivi's interested me enough to see if he can keep up the momentum or if he'll fizz out like Joshua Sridhar, who created such expectation with his debut.

p.s. Been wondering, any idea what 'sivi' means?

Suresh Kumar said...

Kanna - Me too suprised by seeing such diff opionions... but those missing things that you have mentioned are mostly technical things... i think he was not given enough budget with mix the song with high-end gadgets and hence the result.... even i too had problems with such low voices but if you musically, i am satisfied and ofcourse, Dharan has to come out of this techno-melodies soon and do something on other type of music also...

btw, i think 'Sivi' is just a name... we have a friend called 'Siva' and many would call him as 'Sivi'

Filbert said...

Easily one of the best albums of the year, Suresh. That Arabic prelude in the Neruppum song is just too addictive. One sincerely wishes this Dharan guy gets a bigger and more popular movie the next time around.

Looking forward to your take on Tamizh MA :)

Suresh Kumar said...

filbert - only today i got the audio Cd of Tamizh MA... will be posting it soon...

jaazay said...

Kelly Poon defends herself against complaints of plagiarism on her adaptation of the song Shakalaka Baby by our A R Rahman. Take a look of it at my blog. And btw, my name is Wahid. :)

jaazay said...

Suresh Kumar, the rap portions in the song is a common element of Malaysian Tamil songs. It is called rapping in Tamil. I am not a fan of such rapping. It's not nice to hear such raps in each and every Malaysian artist's song. I prefer the Blaaze rap compared to this 'Tamil Rap'. I guess this rap was also done by a Malaysian Tamil rap artist.

You may have noticed that the Malaysian hip hop artist Yogi B has ventured into Tamil cinema with a remix of Engeyum Eppothum with SPB in the movie Polladhavan, music by GV Prakash.

Perhaps you are hearing it for the first time and so you are impressed. If this kind of 'Tamil rap' becomes an element of Tamil songs in future, it would be really intolerable.

Suresh Kumar said...

Jazzay - Yeah i know about tamil rap by Yogi B Natchatra... i have heard their 'Madai thirandhu' rap version.... i have a reason for liking this tamil rap...

Rap is a musical form that has rhythmically spoken words.. and since it is more to do with the language and play of words with the language than the music, the language in which it is sung gets a prime importance and I see a form music which was not meant for Tamil to be done in chaste tamil....i am suprised and hence the liking