Saturday, April 4, 2015

Music Review (Tamil): Oh Kadhal Kanmani

Music Review (Tamil): Oh Kadhal Kanmani
Music Composer: A R Rahman 

Kaara Attakkara is quite a refreshing start to the album and title hook already created enough buzz in teaser which Rahman generously employed throughout the song in the midst of electronic techno sound wackiness. Aaryan Dinesh and Darshana's frenzy rapping is complemented by drums sounds and occasional quirky gaming sounds. Aye Sinamika whose promo released last week has charming and relaxed tune in the vocals of ever-reliable Karthik and he nails the singing part as usual. Rahman's arrangements through breezy with lilting guitar riffs, drums, piano touches and terse minimal flute sounds towards the end supported by wonderful humming especially in the first half of the track. Karthik and Shasha Tripati's playful rendition and other assorted sounds like whistling, solo carnatic sound, lovely string sections are mixed to give another endearing melody from Rahman in Parandhu Sellava. Especially Shasha Tripathi's singing standout in this number.

Mental Manadhil (Male version), which already created enough airwaves is groovy enough with brief lyrics by Manirathnam and A R Rahman and interesting hooks like mana mana and laika laila makes this one arresting listen despite conventional techno route. Song gets better with female version because of fangled and  impro in the rendition of Jonita Gandhi. Naane Varugiren classical fusion song sung superbly by Shasha Tripathi has endearing sounds of strings in the background throughout the song, tabla and thumping drums. Sathya Prakash marks his first song for Rahman with short high pitched portion in the mid-way. Theera Ula is another techno loaded song from Rahman and surprise is Carnatic part by Nikhita Gandhi in the middle of the song accompanied by classical guitar. However, this song slightly scores less than the other songs in the soundtrack. Rahman brings back another wonderful singer Chitra for Malargal Kaetaen and trade mark flute by him. Chitra sounds mellifluous as always in this carnatic piece for the wonderfully worded lyrics by Vairamuthu. A R Ameen, Rahman's son debuts for Arabic verse prayer song, genre in which Rahman delivers many gems in Hindi. Maula Wa Sallim adds another to his repertoire despite an ordinary one but feel imbibed by both Rahman and Ameen remain intact.

Verdict: Oh Kadhal Kanmani may not be Manirathnam- Rahman's best but album has well assembled and diversified set of songs which are enjoyable.

My rating: 9/10

Pick of the Album: Naane Varugiren, Malargal Kaetaen, Parandhu Sellava, Mental Manadhil(female)