Kadhal is an interesting album with five tracks by Music Director Paul J, who has collaborated with accomplished violin duo Ganesh Kumaresh for the instrumental, “The Search”
Phoonk Doonga,is an avoidable track with loud painful arrangements overpowering even shankar mahadevan’s vocals.Theeratha vilayaattu pillai, a medley, starts with Dr Balamurali Krishna rendering a few lines of the krithi preceded by an alaap and ends with an alaap. The rest of the medley doesnâ€™t make much sense, at least on just listening to the track. The transition from the krithi in the beginning to nimbuda nimbuda is catchy. The rest of the song is a set of unrelated bits and pieces with nothing remarkable to offer.
The rest of the album is a treat.
In Idhu daan vaazhkaya, the music director sets a grave tone right at the beginning, with a classical violin solo seamlessly blended into a westernÂ symphonic strings base. The song is ideal for the powerful western style of singing, which Vasundara Das excels in. Classical violin pitches in from time to time beautifully. The powerful arrangement, primarily violin based (as can be expected) proves distortion guitar unnecessary. One could have hoped for more refinement in percussion, but thatâ€™s well compensated for in this powerful song, which creates good impact.
â€œThe Searchâ€, an instrumental composed in collaboration with Ganesh Kumaresh featuring violinist Padma Shankar, is an absolute delight. The violin pallavi which appears intermittently in this track right from the beginning is catchy and addictive. The other layers of violin beautifully converge into this base. The canvas isÂ simple and captivating with apt usage of percussion (Mridangam and the drum kit, sparingly used). This one is timeless, rare to find in a movie soundtrack nowadays.
Neethaane Neethane is sheer bliss. What more can one ask than Shankat Mahadevan and Mahalaxmi Iyer singing their hearts out to a beautiful tune and delightful carnatic violin interludes. The song starts with a nadaswaram solo, â€œAsathoma Sathgamayaâ€¦â€ seeming out of place in the back ground. The track shifts and kicks off with a beautiful violin piece accompanied by a jathi announcing the treat which follows. The combination of jathis and violin is used throughout the song as interludws and the result is joyous. The arrangement for the song is perfect, using picking on strings throughout the song to great effect. The use of Thavil and mridangam is also apt. The song teasingly traverses off the beat and back, which is amazing. Also, the rhythm beautifully shifts into the 4/4 cycle towards the end of the anupallavi and goes back into the 7 beat cycle (misra chapu) used in the song.To top it all off, the singers have clearly been given creative freedom to stunning effect in the rendering, resulting in a winning track easily one of the best yet, this year.
Idhu dan vaazhkaya, the search and neethane make this album worth buying.
We Â thank Music Director Paul J and Mr. K Mahadev for corrections in the initial review and apologise for the error in credits.
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