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Youthful but meaningful music
May 24, 2004 11:21 AM 17935 Views
(Updated May 27, 2004 12:39 AM)

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“7g, Rainbow colony” is the title of the movie. Isn’t that really different? Selvaraghavan + Yuvan Shankar Raja (Son of Illayaraja) again join hands in this film after two blockbusters movies of their combination “Thulluvatho Illamai” and “Kadhal konden”. Both the movies as well as the music were smashing hits and obviously it raised lot of expectation from this combo’s next movie which is “7g, Rainbow colony”. The movie comes with the caption “Story of a boy turning to a man” and as usual Yuvan has delivered some youthful and yet meaningful music fitting the theme. In recent times Yuvan was going down with scrappy albums like Ullam, Perazhagan, Ethiri but with this album he is definitely going to reach the top of the ladder again. Na.Muthukumar has written all the songs. The album has totally 10 tracks.


Ninaithu Ninaithu (Singer: Shreya Ghosal)


The song is pathos with simple soulful tune and composition. It sounds like pathos songs of mid 80’s scored by Illayaraja. The usage of violin orchestration in interludes is typical Illayaraja style of scoring. But the usage of solo piano while starting a pathos song is not something done much before and it has a good impact. But the usage of some strings, tabla and the hindustani touch in the tune makes it sound like a Hindi song and further Shreya’s voice which has Hindi influence in pronouncing tamil words. She somehow manages to pronounce Tamil words well. Her powerful sweet voice adds more feel to the song and pours pathos in our soul. The powerful lyric by Na.Muthukumar about pain of separation is the soul of the song.


Kanaa kaanum (Singer: Madhumitha, Haris Raghavendra, and Ustad sulthan khan)


The song has a classical tune with techno beats in the background. Song starts with a Shenoy playing the tune. Madhumitha (who sung “Mudhan mudhalai” in Leysa Leysa) and Haris Raghavendra forms a new pair and they have done a great job. Both of them compete with each other in singing swaras and rendering the emotions through their voice. They sing at various pitch ranges in this song. Sometimes Madhu sounds like harini. Ustad’s alap fits the mood of the song. A running violin orchestration in the second interlude is similar to that of “Malargale” song from “love birds”. The song is an package of emotions delivered well by the tune, composition and the singers.


Naam vayadhukku vandhom (Singers: Unnikrishnan, Yuvan, Shalini, and Ganga)


This is a freak out song like teen boys singing about their joys and girls. The song is rhythm based with techno stuff. The surprise is that it is sung by Unnikrishnan who has a soft voice, often Yuvan tries such things already Yuvan tried the same with Unni for “Senorita” song. The beat loops are the same from start till end but the singing and the lyrics holds your interest. And Yuvan also joins in between. The folk beats are added in the second interlude to create euphoria. The tune is youthful and catchy. Shalini and Ganga do their job to T.


Music of Joy (Theme music, Haris Raghavendra)


I am confused. I don’t understand the purpose of this theme. Yes the music evokes joy that justifies the name of the theme but after few seconds the theme moves to a different style of composition with banjo’s and trumpets playing with clap sounds and the further the theme proceeds like an Irish folk. But a nice attempt, I think the music is better understandable with the visuals. Whatever it is the music is good.


Kan pesum vaarthaigal ( Singer: Karthik )


This song will definitely add to the hit list of Karthik. He elevates the songs with his rendition of voice with full emotions and replicates the confused mood of the boy. The beats are different again and the tune is great. But there is some “sounds like” feel all through the song. The percussion beats are also used in between the electro beats. Yuvan always handles the percussion well (remember “thottu thottu” song) and does in this song also. Different instrument plays the main tune of the song again and again in the prelude and interludes but it doesn’t bore us as tune is good.


Ithu Porkalama? ( Singer: Harish Ragavendra )


This song starts like a rock song but the fusion is different with running violins in between strumming guitars. It has a different tune with usual beats in the background. Haris has done a good job and confirms his place in Tamil film music again. Hope it is the next “Devathaiyai kanden”. The song doesn’t lose the pace with which it starts till the end. But the song ends fastly in 3 minutes.


January matham ( Singer: Matangi, Kunal )


It is a trance number and the beats sounds like that of “Michael Jackson” song. The interludes, the humming, the usage of flute and instruments all gives a arabic feel to the song. Matangi and Kunal have their job well, as it is their usual kind of songs. The tune is catchy. The flute pieces by Naveen fastly flowing at the end are nice.


Walking through the rainbow (Theme music)


This is the music that sounds at the background of the trailers. A theme music with international standards. The theme is well composed, conducted and orchestrated. Starts grandly with percussion strokes in synch plays pleasing flute and bell sounds and then the solo flute takes over continued by piano’s, then chorus moves the theme to a different note. The tune is so simple but great to hear in its different formats of orchestration and again the ending with bell sounds and percussion and the flute is grand and great.


Ninaithu Ninaithu ( Singer: KK )


The male version of the first song. The only difference is the inclusion of a long of violin prelude, which is, absent in Shreya’s version. I didn’t like KK’s voice in this song much as he sounds good in fast numbers and Unnikrishnan or Madhubalakrishna would have done justice to the song.


Between I forgot to mention about a person who equally shares the credit for giving such mind-blowing songs. He is the lyric writer Na.Muthukumar. He has written some meaningful http://lyrics. The theme is an usual one love, friendship and separation and all usual stuffs but his choice of words though seems to be simple has a good impact when woven with the music and his poetic flow in the language mesmerizes me. As all the songs are situational, the meaning of the lyrics can be appreciated more after watching the celluloid versions of the songs. I would say his lyrics are the true soul of the songs. He has a bright future. The two versions of “Ninaithu ninaithu” song with slight modification in lyrics are evident of his skills. This song is a lyrical treat in this album.


I hope this combination “Selvaraghavan + Yuvan Shankar Raja + Na.Muthukumar”will continue together and deliver such good albums in the future. They are yet another successful trio after “Maniratnam + Illayaraja/A.R.Rahman + Vairamuthu”. The movie comes with a caption “Story of a boy turning to a man”. But I would say this album is “Transformation of a Sound Maker Yuvan to Music Composer Yuvan”. His music has attained maturity.


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