4.16.2009

Pasanga

After stupendous success of 'Subramaniyapuram' music, James Vasanthan is back with 'Pasanga' soundtrack. For any composer, or any artist who got huge success with his first attempt, the real acid test is repeating the same amount of success in the immediate next project. I guess James Vasanthan would pass this test with flying colors as the music of 'Pasanga' is sincere and immensely likeable. Though it is too early to form a general opinion on James Vasanthan as a composer, after listening 'Subramaniyapuram' and now 'Pasanga' I could observe that James Vasanthan is a great fan of Illayaraja, listens a lot of rock music, a composer with a lot of restraint and one who cares more about music and less about the sound.

The soundtrack opens with simple and elegant melody in 'Anbalae' rendered by M.Balamurali Krishna. Though his voice sounds geriatric, the singing is soulful. The lengthy pure solo flute and violin interludes have become a rarity these days but in this song the feel-good factor is maintained through such interludes. But, what pulls down the song a bit is the oft-heard rhythm loop.

'Naandhaan gonppanda' is a freaking roller coaster ride from the word go. It instantly reminded me of Raaja's Anjali songs, because of typical zing in the orchestration that is so much like that of Raaja. The rocking interludes, Yuga bharathi's word play, some wild layering of rock and folk beats, the instantly hooky 'Naandhaan goppanda' phrase, brilliantly performance of the kids harmony and one can go and on listing the aspects that make this song work so well.

'Oru vetkam' has everything in it to become the next 'Kangal Irandal'. It is a simple sweet romantic melody with a soft thump that could make anyone swing their body and tap their feet instantly. This time James cleverly goes to Shreya Ghosal and Naresh Iyer and both push the song to the next level with their exquisite rendition. It is commendable that with a template that is so similar to 'Kangal Irandal', James is able to make this song sound interesting and fresh without reminding its predecessor much.

I am glad that I didn't skip the track 'Who's that guy' in haste after listening to the starting guitar riff that sounds like that of 'Adiyae kolluthey'. In such songs, it is bound to happen. Here is an unpretentious genre piece that doesn't have the composer shouting from the roof top about his ability to compose rock music.

Nalla Pasanga.

5 comments:

EnvyRam said...

Suresh,

Listened to it once. Agreed that it looks like James vasandhan can give good neat albums.

Benny's one sounded more like adiyey kolludhey yes and balamurali krishna's wasn't really good on the first listen. But overall the songs had a 'OK' feeling to it.

May be will have listen to it few more times ...

Smiles,
Vinayak

Anonymous said...

ARR Hollywood போனதால ஏகப்ப்ட்ட பஞ்சம். ஆலையில்லா ஊரில் இலுப்பைபூ சர்க்கரை போல ரொம்ப சுமாரான இசையமைப்பாளர்களுக்கு கொஞ்ச நாள் வாழ்வு. வருவார்! எவரோ ஒருவர் வருவார், புதிய trendஐ தென்றலாக கொண்டு வருவார். அதுவரை இது போன்ற ரெண்டும் கெட்டான் பாடல்களை கேட்டுக்கொண்டிருக்க வேண்டும் என்பது நம் தலைவிதி. இந்திய குறிப்பாக தமிழ் திரைப்பட இசைக்கு இப்போது இலையுதிர் காலம். வரும்.. வரும்.. வசந்தகாலம் வரும். ஆனால் இப்போதிருக்கும் இசையமைப்பாளர்களால் அல்ல. புதிதாய் ஒருவர் வருவார்.

Vinith said...

This album proves that James Vasanthan is not a one hit wonder.

Oru Vetkam is absolutely delightful. Anbaale is too good for the interludes and BM's voice.

R Sathyamurthy said...

I have not yet heard this album. Is "Naanthaan Ngoppanda" in any way a remix of Ilaya Raaja's composition in the movie Ram Laxman (Kamal Starrer)

Suresh Kumar said...

Sathyamurthy - No it is not a remix of any song, but it does have an 80's feel in its orchestration...