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Sound Engineer Vs Composer
Mar 20, 2004 02:45 PM 10626 Views
(Updated Mar 20, 2004 02:50 PM)


At last ?Yuva? album of the India?s best combo ever Maniratnam - A.R.Rahman is released by Sony Music. In film industry always the success lies when the much hyped creators work meets the expectation of the masses but for this combo reverse is the case they never meet the expectation of the masses and they deliver something far beyond everybody?s expectation nobody can think of such a mind blowing output which is the main reason of their success. This is evident when we listen to this album; really the stuff of this album is surprising but


The album is full of youthful music filled with trancy numbers with high techno stuff and electronic sounds. I really wonder how Maniratnam can extract such extreme kind of stuff from A.R.Rahman. ARR's previous album ''Meenaxi'' had classy and traditional numbers and highly experimental instrumentals but this album is entirely different which has well programmed six songs. Really Sound Engineer ARR fights with Composer ARR but finally both of them are Winners in this album.

Khudha Hafiz

Singers: Sunitha Sarathy, Lucky Ali, Karthik

This song breaks the rules and comes with a new format with alternatively a melodies part by Sunitha and a foot tapping part by Lucky ali. Both of them have done a great job. But shankar mahadevan who did tamil version fo this song has done much better job than Lucky ali. The format of the song is similar to that of ''Thee thee'' track from Chor chor and ''Pachai nirmae'' from alaipayuthey. Karthik has nothing to do much in this song except a humming for few seconds. The song starts with husky voice of Sunitha but to our surprise the song goes to a greater height when Lucky ali starts ?anjaana..? in high pitch with heavy pad beat in the background. And also the tune of lucky ali's part in the middle is catchy and

foot tapping. Suddenly the song goes to blues kind of stuff with pianos in the background. What a fusion!!!. An enjoyable song all the way.


Dhakka Laga Bhukka

Singers: A.R.Rahman, Karthik, Mehboob

Undoubtedly this is the best song of the album. The track starts with a strumming bass guitar and then chant ?oh Yuva Yuva ?by ARR follows. The background music and the use of glass breaking sound emotes the perfect meaning of the lyrics written by Mehboob like the youth are making a march towards creating a revolution against all social evils and terror in the country and they are inviting other youngsters also to join the group. No other singer would have done justice to this song except A.R.Rahman. He is great in singing too. The way he starts ?Dhakka Laga Bhukka? is something that we never heard before.

The glass breaking sound which he has already used in ?Chandralekha ?song is the highlight of this song. ARR shows lot of variations in tune, notes and pitch of singing for each and every line in the charanam which has a great impact. Bass guitar is used at many places emoting the force and power of the youth. He has proved that one can compose the theme with mere electronic sounds. BTW where is karthik?s voice in this song????God (ARR) only knows. The tamil track which starts as ''Jana Gana Mana'' sounds better because of great lyrics by Vairamuthu.


Kabhi Neem Neem

Singer: Madhusree, A.R.Rahman

The tune of the song is such that it hangs between north Indian and south Indian folk. He has used clay pots while starting and then again goes to mild electronic beats for this song too. The lyrics is funny, youthful, romantic and catchy. Madhusree has a good voice and her voice suits well for hindi version unlike tamil version in which she simply spoiled and killed the language which was a great distraction to the melody. The ending of the line ?yea? pulls you into the song. The best part of the track is alap of ARR in the first interlude simply great rendition of voice. Hindi version sounds better than tamil version.


Dol Dol

Singer: Blaaze and Shahin Badir

This is a perfect high techno trancy number. Foot tapping number but you can?t tap your foot because the percussions and beats are so fast to catch with your legs. The percussions and electronic beats are brilliantly arranged (though it is similar to that of ?Shakalaka baby?) and Blaaze as usual has done his rap part ?Dol Dol ma pe salaam namasthe? well. The ethnic vocal by Shahin badir sounds different and fresh to Indian techno music. When you listen carefully you can hear the use of ?Thavil?, a traditional south Indian instrument with pad beats and percussions once in the middle and also at the end of the track. Only ARR can come with such a fusion. The Trombone piece by Maxwell has traces of James bond music while it starts but as it proceeds it takes a different note.



Singer: Alka Yagnik, Adnan Sami

This is again a melody and a love duet but if you expect some good flute piece by naveen or veena or some violin orchestrations in the interludes it will be a great shock because even this song is full of techno beats and sounds. The use of original instruments is 0% in this song. The tune is simple and catchy. Alka Yagnik's voice is a simply soothing and it is nice to hear her often in ARR's album nowadays. She has done a good job. Adnan Sami has also done a good job in rendering his voice with a western touch but like madhu he also spoiled tamil version of this song by his bad pronouncitaion. The lyrics is average. Hindi version is better.



Singers: A.R.Rahman, Sunitha Sarathy, Tanvi

This is again an emotional track about Love. The hindi lyrics are mere translation of Tamil poem I think (correct me if I am wong). Do you know why? Actually the lyrics of this song in tamil is a poem about Love written by Vairamuthu for a weekly magazine. As Maniratnam got impressed by simplicity and effectiveness of the words he chose those lyrics for the song and ARR composed for itIf you haven?t heard the song, first read the lyrics and then imagine how the composition would be and then hear to the song you can?t believe your ears. What a different high techno composition for a hard core Tamil poem with in depth meaning. His voice takes the song to still greater heights.

The chant ?Fanah?? at the end of each line is something that impresses you immediately. The song has a uniform pad beats from start to the end. Sunitha and Tanvi has synchronised their voices together for a chorus and it sounds good. The best part of track starts when ARR starts to deliver classical swaras and alap with western beats in the background and it continues till the end. What an unimaginable variations allover the song. obviously tamil version is better for its lyrics.


It seems many of them are not satisfied with the album because they say the album is void of Old ARR style of composition and his melodies. Please don?t compare these songs to that of Dilse ,Roja, Bombay and all, this movie has an entirely different theme about the youth and the album justifies the theme. Maniratnam yet again squeezed best work from ARR for his movie to get such a mind blowing youthful stuff.

BTW A good news from The tamil version ''AyuthaEzuthu'' was released three days before but within three days One lakh Units are sold out and it has set a new record in audio sales which always happens when this combo releases an album.

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