Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Music Review (Tamil): Aandavan Kattalai

Music Review (Tamil): Aandavan Kattalai
Music Composer: K

The ambience of the Vazhkai Oru Ottagam is optimistic and the buoyant Brass instruments by Babu Irudhyaraj and Cold City Horns gives the pleasant feel to the song. K gives the enjoying flavour for the retro tune with the spirited bass line and Benny Dayal breezes through the tune effortlessly. Although the song is ordinary without much novel factor, the simple tune and neat arrangements make this one work. Elandha Pazham has an easily accessible tune while K adorned it with brilliant Jazzy touches in the background with march past drums and catchy piano touches. Yogisekar sounds apt and makes his presence felt in the short less than two-minute song. Imsai Rani has the sweet yesteryear throwback with respect to melody and the brilliant string sections evoke the memories of Ilayaraja songs. Karthik is fabulous with his vocals and the tune is the cakewalk for the singer. The rhythm and whistle lend the fantastic support to the easily catchy song in the album.

In Vaadagai Veedu, Ilayaraja'esque tune is adorned by Santosh Narayanan like arrangements dominated by Spanish styled guitar, wonderful percussion and engaging rhythm. S Gnanakaravel lyrics is an absolute delight to listen. Overall, an enjoyable quirky number from K.Karmegakuzhali is another song with jazz inclination in the arrangements and Jananie S V is impeccable with her rendition which gels well with the breezy tone given by the composer in terms of arrangements. 108 Thenga is also an astounding composition where modern Jazz meets rustic folk in the arrangements highlighted by Avinash Jayakumar's ethnic percussions. The song reminds easily Sean Roldan's various compositions along this genre. The vocals are handled by the composer itself and he sounds apt for the orchestration. Gandhi Thatha is another funky composition by K and although the rap portions didn't come out well, K nails totally in the arrangements especially the usage of trumpet  and the rhythm structure which makes the listeners clasp to the song till it lasts. The quirkiness in the album continues with Polambing song also and the laziness in the jazzy arrangements as well as in the K's vocals work to the song's favour. This short song may work well with visuals.Yaaro Petha Pillai is quite fun to hear especially for its Gnanakaravel's amusing as well as thought provoking lyrics and Antony Dassan aces it with his idiosyncratic vocals. K's arrangements are rich replete with enjoyable Jazz drums by Jaishankar Iyer and the undeniable highlight is violin solos with the classical inclination by Kalyan.

Verdict: K follows the Santosh Narayanan's musical style with relishable quirky touches to the songs and the end result is absolutely gratifying Jazz loaded tracks in Aandavan Kattalai.

My Rating:8/10

Pick of the Album: Elandha Pazham, Imsai Rani, Yaaro Petha Pillai, Vaadagai Veedu

P.S You can listen to the songs in Saavn.