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Engal Aasan Engal Aasan
 
Music review By Malathy Sundaram
Produced by S.V.Thangaraj, directed by Kalaimani and starring Vijayakanth, Sheryl Brindo, Vikranth, Akshaya and others. Music score is by Sabesh-Murali and they have tuned 5 songs for the album. The character of the hero could have been fashioned with the political climate of the State in mind. The first song is ample evidence.

Indha Oorukkuthaan...
Vocals: Mano.

Lyrics: Muthulingam.


Fashioned like an MGR number, this song feels like a
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‘mini election manifesto’ of Vijayakanth. Talks about social inequality and the plight of farmers. Quite a peppy number, with robust drum work and some pleasant stuff from the keys, flute and violin.We get to hear Sankarabaranam raga, but without the ‘dha’ swara. And Mano after ages!



Solli Tharavaa...

Vocals: Vijay Yesudas, Anuradha Sriram
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Lyrics: Pa.Vijay.

Attractive variations in rhythm patterns right through this song keep it lively. Pleasant use of Natabairavi scale and equally pleasant rendering from both the singers, especially Vijay. The repeating notes ‘pa ga ri sa; sa ni sa ga ----ni dha ni pa’ add softness to the song. Smooth notes from the violin and keys and the guitar tinkles along.

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Ennai Enna...
Vocals: Saindavi
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Lyrics: Snehan.

Stylish, seductive rhythms plus Saindavi’s sensual rendering make you want to listen to it again. Seems to have been inspired by an old Hindi hit. Even the guitar and flute interludes are soft and tripping.


Madhivadhana...

Vocals: Kalyani, Bagyaraj.
Lyrics: Snehan.

The kind of surprise melody that Vijayakanth’s movies always offer, this one. A song of sensual yearning. Fine assembly of notes from the santoor, top and bass flutes, guitar and yes, percussions with mridangam adding a distinct flavour. Seems fashioned on Sree raga. Three minutes into the song, the lady’s vocal humming sounds almost like an instrument—so smooth!.



Madura Jilla...
Vocals: Krishnaraj, Srilekha Parthasarathy.
Lyrics: S.V.Thangaraj

Here’s where the album crashlands, so to speak! Typical Deva stuff ,recalling a hundred other songs of a similar kind. Nice to hear Krishnaraj’s robust voice after a long time. Lively nagaswaram as usual.


Verdict:

Interesting percussion combinations, deft use of string instruments and an awareness for euphony characterize this album. Nothing flashy or original but quite easy on the ears.

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