Not many changes from my review of Raavan, the base tunes remaining the same in both cases. This is more of an exercise to list down the artists involved in the Tamil version of each song. And a comparison vis-a-vis the Hindi version.
Veera (Beera) has the same singers as Hindi does, Vijay Prakash, Keerti Sagathia and Mustafa Kutoane. Nothing changes except the lyrics, the singers’ rendition going the same way as in Hindi. And this song I felt was better in Hindi, the lyrics in many places not quite seeming to fit in, and even the arrangement not favouring a Tamil score. Hence my vote goes for Beera. Usure Poguthey (Behene De) again has Karthik at the vocals and as usual does a kickass job! This song I would rate as good as its Hindi counterpart, the orchestration really didn’t have a Hindi incline in any case.
Thok De Killi was the song I found less attractive in the Hindi lineup, and with the same arrangement I found Kodu Potta no better. In fact though Benny Dayal does a decent job he is no match for Sukhwinder, and hence I found the Kodu.. on a lower level than Thok De.. Coming to Kaattu Sirukki (Ranjha Ranjha) I felt immensely happy to hear Shankar Mahadevan and Anuradha Sriram singing for Rahman after so long! Call it my bias towards the singers, I rate Kaattu.. above Ranjha..
With its period feel a la Jodhaa Akbar songs, I was afraid of how Khilli Re would sound in Tamil as I felt there was an inherent Hindi disposition with the kind of instruments used. Shreya Ghoshal has done a brilliant job of vocals in Kalvare, hats off to her, but even that is not enough to mitigate the Hindi elements in the arrangement. Nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Shreya. On the other hand, on hearing Kedakkari (Kata Kata) it is hard to believe this was actually made in Hindi, as the song sounds a typical Tamil Kuthu track! Rahman has done some minor tweakings in the orchestration as well to make it more Tamil-friendly, and the results are outstanding! The singer lineup has been entirely changed in this case, Benny Dayal, Bharathiraja, Raihanna and Tanvi doing the honours. A fantastic listen, definitely above the Hindi version.
The above review could be due to my inherent prejudice towards the first-heard variant, but I felt that overall Raavanan‘s soundtrack rates a tad lower than Raavan. Having said that, Raavanan still makes for a great listen. It is, after all, a Rahman composition!
Music Aloud Rating: 8.5/10
Recommended Tracks: Usure Poguthey, Kaattu Sirukki, Kedakkari
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