Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Sathriyan

Music Review (Tamil): Sathriyan
Music Composer: Yuvan Shankar Raja

Yuvan Shankar Raja starts off the album with the passable folk tune Sooda oru Sooriyan, however, the arrangements feature an alluring combination of folk percussions and mandolin strums in the interludes. The harmonies by Senthildass, Sam and Bellyraj gave perfunctory support to the stupendous rendition of Deepak crooning the conversational lyrics of Vivek. The ghatam touches in the prelude evocates the memories of Ilayaraja's yesteryear songs.Paarai Melae's string-laden orchestration is impressive for the melodious number and Yuvan added the gratifying Tabla base while more awesomeness awaits in the second interlude in the form of Devi's Veena. The only grouse being the Yuvan Shankar Raja's singing and it may not work for all and the song ends abruptly.

In Maina Rendu, Yuvan Shankar Raja's arrangements, as well as tune, complements the affecting lyrics of Vairamuthu. Vijay Yesudas shines with the emotional rendition while composer's busy rhythms in the background along with the gloomy flute pieces in the interludes make this one worthy listen in the album.Sathriyan in action theme is a pedestrian one which fails to elevate the mood of the listener within two minutes and the synthesised sound in the first half is the enjoyable bit from the composer.

Verdict: Yuvan Shankar Raja opens his 2017 account with the short impactful album where the composer's striking arrangement outdo the tunes.

My Rating: 7/10

Pick of the album: Maina Rendu, Paarai Mele