10.27.2007

Sila Nerangalil Soundtrack

Though I always try to keep an eye on all soundtracks of lesser know movies, ‘Sila Nerangalil’ for various reasons, I miss (especially in 2007) to discover soundtracks that deserve to be heard and appreciated. ‘Sila Nerangalil’ is one such soundtrack. It may easily be the most matured music composed by Srikanth Deva so far. Srikanth Deva shows lot of maturity in the melodies, fresh arrangements and variety in the songs of this soundtrack.

With appropriate choice of instruments, high pitched strings, rhythms and a saccharine melody and of course P.Susheela singing after a long time, ‘Pottu Vaitha’ song evokes MSV era of music quite well. The melody though is just above average, gains longevity from Susheela’s voice and rendition. Even now, P.Susheela amazingly sings in a way we remember her singing, say in a song like, ‘Tamizhukkum Amudhendru paer’ (One of my favourite Susheela renditions). These legendary singers effortlessly go beyond the basic tune material of the song, adding their own touches, and make the song their own, a talent which only very few singers now possess.

‘Thirudapatta Nilavae’ starts with familiar tribal beats and chants, but soon before we pass it as a just another song, the hooky rhythm and arrangements with Chinese instruments comes as a pleasant surprise. It sounds refreshing as all these elements are elegantly added to a pathos number but without loosing its feel.

‘Cell Phone’ though is a usual item number, has a very catchy motif running throughout. With just tribal rhythms without heavy percussions and a bit of Arabian stuff thrown in the interludes, it isn’t loud and senseless like most other songs of the genre to which it belongs.

‘Embaavai’ is a very pleasant IRish melody. Pallavi tune sounds a lot like ‘Iniya Nathi Ilaya Nathi’ song from ‘Manasellam’ but surprisingly the charanam turns totally different and becomes more melodious than the pallavi and with beautiful array of instruments filling in appropriately in the interludes; this song turns out very good.

‘Ponguthu’ again travels back to MSV era; to be specific, it is done like a song that Chandhrababu use to sing then. Though it sounds authentic, the tune lacks punch.

‘Sila Nerangalil’ is a very listenable soundtrack. Give it a try.

3 comments:

Senthil said...

heard the songs after reading your review... surprised to see some good music from Sreekanth Deva.... heard the movie was produced by US based NRI....

Suresh Kumar said...

Senthil - Even i was susprised. Yes it is an NRI, infact i came to know abt this soundtrack only when the director asked to listen and review it...

Manikantan said...

PS singing is surprising. I did not believe that she could mesmarise even now. She must be 70+? Actually, the song situation is like heroine gets back her previuos birth memory. She was singer it seems. It dates back to 60's. So, the tune also set to 60 style. Good attempt. But Srikant Deva could have avoided the shades of Alayamaniyin osaiyai song.