Vanamagan – Music Review (Tamil Soundtrack)

Songs at the end.

That a Harris Jayaraj song reminds you of one of his older compositions shouldn’t be a surprise any more. But in Yemma Yea Alagamma that aspect works in a complementary fashion – the song is a nice throwback to Vaseegara, his first song with Bombay Jayashree who also leads this song and delivers the captivating melody in style, while the chorus led by Haricharan backs her equally well. Morada Morada sung by Benny Dayal and Krish too is high on the Harris Jayaraj factor but in this case the familiarity does not help the song at all. Sherin Shahana and M M Manasi’s attitude and some flashy touches from the composer help Damn Damn marginally more engaging, despite middling lyrics.

Like with the first song, it is in the melodic compositions that Harris delivers well in this soundtrack. Pachai Uduthiya Kaadu has a beautiful tune that the composer adorns with a fine, at times Rahmanesque, arrangement (whose high point is the profusion of violins in the second interlude). Abhay Jodhpurkar and Harini are in fabulous touch as well, rendering the song. And Vijay Yesudas gets the haunting Silu Silu, the only song that carries a marked jungle-evocative sound owing to the folksy percussion dominating the backdrop. Composer combines an instrumental version of the song’s opening verse with a lot of gibberish and folk percussion to create a strictly functional Vanam Theme.

Vanamagan. The three melodic pieces make Harris Jayaraj’s 50th soundtrack one of his better offerings in a long time.

Music Aloud Rating: 3/5

Top Recos: Yemma Yea Alagamma, Pachai Uduthiya Kaadu, Silu Silu


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