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ETHIRMARAI MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Malathy Sundaram
Music Director : Murugan Mohan
Vocals : Sadana Ghanekar, Murugan Mohan, Hariharan, Anuradha Sriram, Srinivas, Sadana Ghanekar, Udit Narayan
Lyrics : Vairamuthu
Produced by Escope International and directed by G.Arun, this film is about a CBI officer who goes about investigating a crime only to find that he is also strangely linked with it! Starring Ajay, Rajesh, Banushree Shereena and others, this film has music by Murugan Mohan. The audio launch was done in an offbeat way by the crew by taking the team in a glass bus all around Tamilnadu along with stills to advertise the movie. Five ‘rasikas’ received the first audio CD copies. All the songs have been penned by Vairamuthu.

Rojapoovin...
Vocals: Sadana Ghanekar, Murugan Mohan


A soft romantic duet with pretty lyrics where the music holds up the long song. You wonder if it is too repetitive. Could generate passing interest. Has some nice guitars.

Thodathey...
Vocals: Murugan Mohan
  Ethirmarai
 

The mandatory ‘Middle-eastern’ feel number with all the right instruments-oud, framedrums, mandolin and what appears to be sopranino sax -in place. In fact what appeals about this Mayamalavagoula raga-based song is its lilting music and rather neat lyrics. Doesn’t he sound a lot like Udit?

Neeya Yennai...

Vocals: Hariharan, Anuradha Sriram, Murugan Mohan

Another mandatory song of separation and sorrow, but the soft use of flute, tabla( which adds sowkyam to the high-pitched but pleasing chorus), sax and piano make this a pleasing number. The unhurried treatment lengthens the song too! Seems to touch upon Charukesi raga.


Enna Kandittai...
Vocals:
Srinivas, Sadana Ghanekar

A naggingly familiar mettu (in the Maand raga) generates a yawn or two, but the refreshing musical treatment given rivets your attention. A judicious combination of veena,( Bhavani Prasad) flute( Palghat Sriram) and tabla( Periya Prasad) along with violins and piano leave you really sated. The song has a ‘Sai Thaman’ feel to it.


Ethirmarai Theme... : Instrumental

An amusing ‘retro-feel’ bit, this, in the sense it makes you recall plenty of MGR and Jaishankar movie climax fights! Taut violins (Sriram Parasuram?) dominate.


Thodathey...
Vocals:
Udit Narayan-Version 2

Udit brings his sensual kind of charm to this song. There are subtle variations in background music compared to song.no.2. Each song has its own kind of appeal.


Verdict:

Murugan Mohan, brother of Anuradha Sriram, acquits himself well in this album, presumably his first. Tasteful musical bits scattered throughout the album speak for his good aesthetic sense. Had the songs been a little shorter, the impact would have been exciting. Even then he makes you sit up and take notice.
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