7.08.2008

Uliyin Oosai

I am listening to Illayaraja’s ‘Uliyin Oosai’ songs for past one week or so. It is an absolutely delightful soundtrack with classical and semi classical melodies. Though the orchestration and overall sound of one or two songs is at odds with others and the period of the movie, the chaste Tamil lyrics and Raaja’s vintage orchestration make us forget the initial discomfort that we get from the alienating sound. It also made me to revisit the songs of ‘Ivan’ and ‘Pon Megalai’, the songs from the soundtrack which I often hum or listen in my mind though I don’t hear the actual audio frequently.

Mean while, Kumar, Vignesh and Emjay write some interesting articles about Raaja’s music in their blogs. Each and every post of them is educating and a pleasure reading. But while there are many blogs like these which tries to decode Raaja’s compositions from 80’s and to some extent from 90’s, I couldn’t find many (or any) such blogs or such write-ups in blogosphere on Raaja’s latest works. Aren’t Raaja’s recent works worthy enough to write about? Or is it that there still is so much to dig and learn from Raaja’s earlier compositions that the hard code Raaja fan bloggers tend to write mostly about them?

With soundtracks of Mayil, Naan Kadavul, Nandhalala and Dhanam, Illayaraja has an interesting lineup this year. Eagerly waiting for each one of them.

12 comments:

Vinith said...

a classic album from raaja.

abinayam kaatugindra is my pick. this song takes you to azhagu malarada of Vaidhegi kathirundhal... similar orchestration particularly towards the end...

but still outstanding song!!!

Suresh Kumar said...

Vinith - My favourite is 'Aganthayil aaduvathaa'... but i like all the songs... it is good that people pick different songs as favourites from a single soundtrack...

Suresh Kumar said...

vinith - also i like 'kangal' song from Subramaniyapuram... earlier my problem with the soundtrack is the amteruish orchestration... but now that i am accustomed to it, i could see the beauty in the melody...

Vinith said...

thumbs up suresh.

Subramaniyapuram is really a good attempt. I like both Kangal irandal and Kadhal Siluvayil (This is especially for the symphony orchestration in the interludes and for Shankar Mahadevan's vocal).

Heard that the film's been receiveing positive reviews from all critics. Also Kangal Irandal is being played in all the channels frequently :).

Successful attempt both in terms of Music and Movie.

Suresh Kumar said...

vinith - Yes I heard about the movie and saw the visuals of 'Kangal irandal' on television... will have to watch the movie...

btw, to me the symphony attempt in the interludes is a let down...

Vinith said...

hey suresh. dont watch the movie. i heard that movie is a dud. also raaja's bgm is outstanding.

if u r really interested in music, go ahead watch it. else avoid :-)

jaazay said...

Do review Kuselan album

Suresh Kumar said...

jaazay - heard the album once, nothing impressed me and other albums like 'Uliyin Oosai' and recently bought 25 greatest works of western classical composers keeps me busy.... anyway will try to do it this weekend..

jaazay said...

yeah, i too felt the same
GVP has been rehashing his trakcs as well as his uncle's

I found that the Yaaradi Nee Mohini team has released a 2nd edition CD (Indian CD) featuring Karthik for the song Engeyoh, but poor mixing though, his voice feels isolated.

Next, Sakkarakatti audio. It's getting released today. Do listen and review. Thanks

Vinith said...

Sakkarakatti songs rock...

check out my review! :)

ஜீவா (Jeeva Venkataraman) said...

'Aganthayil aaduvathaa' is the pick of the album, I liked it most like your posts, Suresh. Keep it up!

Suresh Kumar said...

Jeeva - Thanks.