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MARGAZHI 16 MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Malathy Sundaram
Music Director : E.K.Bobbie
Vocals : Hariharan, Karthik, Shankar Mahadevan, Chinmayee, Ranjith, Nincy, Benny Dayal
Lyrics : Francis Kiruba, Priyan, Kalaikumar
Produced by Jayavishal Arts and directed by K.Stephen, this film stars Jayanth and Srinidhi along with others. E.K.Bobbie, a new composer makes his debut with this movie. The album features 5 tracks and a repeat of track 2.

Konjam Veyilaga...
Vocals: Hariharan

Lyrics: Francis Kiruba


A neat ditty on the Sankarabaranam scale, which is why it reminds you of a host of other such songs. Soft vocals, soft imagery and soft inputs from guitar, flute and keyboard sum up this number.


Paadhakathee Penne...
Vocals:
Karthik

Lyrics: Priyan


This is a song of mourning, as revealed by the high-pitched, jerky music interludes and wailing

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chorus. But the song itself has been rendered very crisply by Karthik and the native rhythms are tightly woven too.

Karakkan Murukkan...

Vocals: Shankar Mahadevan, Chinmayee

Lyrics: Priyan

A rather amusing number loosely patterned on the Kapi raga and Shankar Mahadevan hijacks it right from the start with his naughty nuances! Chinmayee struggles a bit in the top octaves (is the 7 kattai sruti to blame?). The Bhangra-like beats and fluttery flute-like bits add spark to the song which could hit the charts for awhile.

Katcha Theevu...

Vocals: Ranjith, Nincy
Lyrics: Kalaikumar

Aha, this is Kapi raga again, in delightful western garb (the string interludes go’ga ga ga ga ga ma ni pa ga ri’) but you hear shades of Sankarabaranam too. What makes this song truly pleasant is the easy dovetailing of lyrics and beats. Neat chord variations. Kalaikumar’s simple lyrics makes one recall his ‘azhagai pookkuthe’.


Thirunelveli ...
Vocals:
Benny Dayal
Lyrics: Priyan

Mmmm, a mixture of ‘Aalthotta bhoopathi’, ‘Raman aandalum’ and ‘Enkitte modhadhe’ here. A song of revelry ushering in the New Year (thus justifying the title of Margazhi 16) rendered with verve by Benny Dayal. The last instrumental bit oddly does’nt fit in.


Paadhakathee Penne ...
Vocals:
Karthik

Lyrics: Priyan


Basically the same as song no.2, but the ‘oppari’ interlude is replaced by background male vocals that touch sweetly upon the Vakulabaranam raga. Karthik’s voice alone could hoist this song on to the charts.


Verdict:

There is an engaging crispness about this album which cannot be denied. We can certainly look forward to more creativity from this composer in his next album.
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