|Nov. 97 (Audio)|
This album has 6 tracks
Reviewed by Sandya & Krishna
The film has not been released yet.
Sandya's Thumb's down rating: The 1990s will probably carry into history as the decade when the most number of tamil film music directors entered the cine field. With the Shahs, Sivas, Udhayas, Swararajs, and Anands, enters Bharadwaj. A rather low key debut in Venkateswaralayam's maiden venture, Kaadhal Mannan. Director Charan, a newcomer himself to the field, is awefully excited about what is in store for fans when they listen to Kaadhal Mannan's music. Frankly, there isn't very much. Unnai Parththa Pinbu by S.P.Balasubramaniam makes you wonder why he should be singing such songs anymore. Moreover, most of the song remains disjointed with the instruments playing in an unrelated manner to the overall emotion of the song. Same is true of Thiloththamma sung by Bharadwaj and Anupama. The song seems to be going in a certain direction (or so it appears) and before you know it, the instruments have changed and all musical patterns remain unrecognizable. But not to take too much away, there are a few salvaging factors: Kanni Penngal, which displays itself to be the intro song to Ajeethkumar's character in the film, sung by Febi Mani and Ada Ali Azad is worth a listen or two! M.S.Vishwanathan's song with the lyrics, Naan Mess-u Kiss-u rendum therinja Vishwanathan-daa is humorous and keeps your attention for a few minutes. Hariharan and Chitra make the best out of Vaannum Mannum. Deva-vukku neram! That is all I can say about his song, Maarimuththu Maarimuththu, a modern beat based approach to what Deva became famous for: Kavalai Paddaadhe Sagodhara in Kaadhal Kottai. The little bits and pieces of music that are composed by Bharadwaj are melodious, but when they are forced together to make a song, they refuse to gel and continue to remain as pieces. If you care to watch the movie when it releases, just listen to the songs at the theater or on video. Don't bother about running to the store right away to buy the album!
Krishna's Thumb's down rating: The only reason I had asked my friend to pick up this tape was because I heard that this cassette was selling like hot cakes in Madras... I still don't understand why it was so... With the exception of Vaanum Mannum sung by Hariharan and Chitra, the songs range from mediocre to pathetic in my opinion. If Vairamuthu had spent enough time to write quality lyrics instead of "kaadhal niram paarpadhillai, adhu inam paarpadhillai... adhu posukkendru poothidudhae", this song (Vaanum Mannum) would have been more attractive to listen to.. The most melodious aspect of this song is the transition from Keeravani to Sriranjani ragam (actually, I should say the mix of these two ragams, even though there are some foreign notes...) and the way chitra has sung this song... Her voice is still so sweet and her rendition crystal clear... But definitely, this is the only song in this album that is worth the price tag...
If you really want to make an effort to like the rest of the songs in this album (probably that's the only way you can appreciate some of the other songs...) the songs that will impress you, will probably be Kaadhal Mannan (Kanni penngal) sung by Febi Mani and co. and Mettu Kaettu sung by M. S. Viswanathan and Chorus... Messu-Kissu (Mettu Kaettu) by M. S. Viswanathan (Incidentally, MSV has composed music for this song) is funny... The rest of the songs, are not even worth one listen... As you can probably figure, I don't even have the enthusiasm to write a full length review on an album of such a poor quality.
Even though this album is not good, I would not rule out the talent of this music director (Vaanum Mannum is probably a gauge of his calibre)... Hopefully, he will get another assignment and do a better job in it... Best of luck, Bharadwaj...
Original Photograph (Kaadhal Mannan):
Audio cassette cover.
Photograph scanned and reworked by: Krishna