8.04.2008

Dhanam Soundtrack

Kangalum Kavipaduthey, Uliyin Oosai and now Dhanam! Illayaraja is in fine form. The soundtrack is rich with Raaja’s typical melodies, amazing instrumental pieces in preludes and interludes, beautiful bass lines and catchy rhythms. The soundtrack is worth buying just for ‘Kannanukku Yenna Vendum’ song.

I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack except for the song ‘Ulagam Kidakuthu’. From when did Raaja included staves for samples in his score sheet? The first interlude of this song has the same melody sample that we hear in Citibank ad in raaga.com (earlier we heard the same in Yuvan’s Pudupettai) and that is not the only reason why I skip this song.

20 comments:

Chandrasehar said...

The same reason why i listen to the soundtrack. The orchestration is amazing and just proves to all that one who writes off the maestro will be undeniably left with egg on his/her face.

Anonymous said...

And yet to come....Nan Kadavul, Nandhalaala. THALAIVAR is the only Human Being on earth who can compose with utmost ease & without any block in creativity & take it to common man and at the same time 'present' the complicated to critics...till His last minute and He will do it. In His words He is the Master of 'Yemaathu Velai'.

-Dhanasekhar

Suresh Kumar said...

Dhanasekhar - I am afraid that my expectations are so high on 'Naan Kadavul' and 'Nandhalala'... let us see...

Prakash Srinivasan said...

Naan Kadavul has only 1 song I read, so not much expectations from it! I am expecting something in Nandalala & Pazhassi Raja :)

Sanjeevi said...

I simply love the ludes in "Unakkullae" and "Koothu Onnu" songs

Suresh Kumar said...

Prakash - I too heard that but hoping that it would be just a rumour and i heard that Nandalala has 8 songs and I am expecting Mysskin to release some background score pieces as he did for Anjathey and Sithiram pesudhadi

Chandrasehar said...

Time to hear Mallepuvvu Songs. Chumma Athiruthu. :D

Vinith said...

Ilamai song is very catchy. But it's a typical Yuvan's style of composing a peppy number (This is just my opinion. Pls dont jump on me :) ) Does any one here who felt the same?
A good album overall.

Ramki said...

Vinith ,
I mentioned thats a joshua sridhar kind of orchestration :)

I liked Mallepuvvu , with 5 instantly likeable songs .

Suresh Kumar said...

Chandrasehar - Will check out for 'Malle puvvu' cd...

Suresh Kumar said...

Vinith, Ramki - I don't why you guys think so about the orchestration of 'Ilamai kanavugal', before it became Yuvan's or Joshua's, it is/was always IR's style of orchestrating a peppy number, just that the beats are a bit louder... but the melody and the interludes are vintage IR

Anonymous said...

Chandamama (Malle Puvvu) ROCKS. Treat for fans of THALAIVAR's voice & Shreya. Another Sihigaali (Aa Dhinagalu) feeling. Cant wait to hear in Original CD.

-Dhanasekhar

Vinith said...

Thats exactly what i was trying to say. The beats are faster and louder which certainly reminds me of Yuvan's style of Composition. :)

And, this is just my opinion. Beats in Kattilukku mattum songs remind me of Merke of KNM. Seeing a new IR in these two songs.

Chandrasehar said...

Nah its still the old IR. If you go through IR's old songs you will notice he loves to introduce unconventional rhythms and backgrounds for songs like kattilukku mattum. It is his style of experimentation that has influenced loads of contemporary indian composers nowadays including YSR.

As for ilamai the tune pattern though new,bears IR's trademark flow of changing pitches midway.

Vinith said...

Yes, Nan Kadavul has only 1 song in it. But thats a lengthy song of about 10 mins i heard.
No doubt, this song will be a master piece.

vv said...

If Raaja feels happy doing more such work (by such work I mean music of 'his' quality standards), I guess we fans will be the happiest.

Anonymous said...

in ulagam kidakuthu song apart from the citibank/raaga music there is also another interlude that is the same as oh baby oh baby song in yaradi nee mohini.. I think... unakullae is awesome..

Suresh Kumar said...

Anon - Haven't noticed that as I always skip this song.. will check that....

Aakarsh said...

I beg to differ.While Uliyin Osai is definitely a class album, Dhanam doesnt have that longevity. "Kannanukku" is the only exception in the album.Yes, the songs of IR these days might be liked instantly or for 1-2-3 months.It has always been like that. But do we really look back and listen to all songs of any of his albums of 2005 or 2006.when we feel like listening to IR, we still get back to "Metti Oli" or something like it, from 70s,80s,90s. Yes, there are occassional glimmers like 'Katril Varum Geethame' or 'Saara Yeh Aalam', but thats what they are- glimmers.Uliyin Osai was bang on and thats the kind of music (not genre, but quality..where 90% songs are gems) we seek.Slowly,most of IR fans adjust a lot saying 'it is interesting rhythm pattern' etc..but lets face it, Samples is not IR's stamp. we want songs like 'Kannanukku Enna Vendum'.
(i wrote this lengthy comment,hope you dont mind...bcoz i am one of the regular visitors here)

Suresh Kumar said...

Aakarsh - I totally agree, Dhanam may not be as classy as Uliyin Oosai. But on expecting classics after classics from Raaja, anything which is just good is being termed as bad or average and the whole soundtrack is skipped without even being given a second listening.... I enjoy the songs of Dhanam and it is a far far better listenable soundtrack than any other recent ones in Tamil film music... and I am sure that there were 100s of Raaja's soundtracks like 'Dhanam' in 80s or 90s, where there is only one song that can be termed as a glimmer but then Raaja was doing 30 movies on an average per year while it has come down to 4 or 5 now... and so the difference..