MUTHIRAI - MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Malathy Sundaram

Music Director : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Vocals: Neha Bhasin, Naresh Iyer, Manjari Phadnis, Krish, Benny, Preethi, Mohd.Aslam, Rahul Nambiar, Tanvi, Priya, Jaaved Ali, Madhumita, Shweta, Adithya

Produced by ASA Productions and Enterprises, co-produced by Vikram Bhatt (who announced two more projects in Tamil at the CD release function), directed by Srinath and starring Nithin Satyaa and Manjari Phadnis (she has even crooned a song for the film) in lead roles, and co-starring Daniel Balaji, Lakshmi Rai, Kishore (of ‘Polladhavan’ fame) and Rakhi Sawant(special appearance), this movie is meant to be a tribute to the late Jeeva. We have Yuvan Shankar Raja handling the music department, tuning six songs and two remixes.

  Muthirai


Om Shanti Om---
Vocals: Neha Bhasin
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

This is heavy metal stuff, a bit hard on the ears, but what surprises you is the fairly soft and feminine rendering by Neha. A sensuous number, going by the lyrics and all the moaning and panting. In both the charanams, when her voice rises, the strings glide down giving a small respite to the ears!



Azhagaana Neeyum---

Vocals: Naresh Iyer, Manjari Phadnis
Lyrics: Snehan

A slow duet where the rhythms drown out the pleasing string accompaniment most of the time. The song seems to have shades of Behag raga. Soothing repetition of ‘ga ga ri ri sa sa, ga ga ri ri sa sa’ on strings which then goes pa-ma-ga-ri-sa and rises and halts at ma from where the charanam takes off. Naresh’s voice goes a tad off-key sometimes. Manjari has put in hard work.



The Night is Still Young---

Vocals: Krish, Benny, Preethi
Lyrics: Pa.Vijay

The song’s melodic potential is somewhat spoiled by the very harsh hand-clap rhythms and some strong keyboard and string accompaniments. Truly hurts your ears. But being a swinging dance number with a touch of jazz, it could be relished by the younger generation.



July Maadhatthil---
Vocals: Mohd.Aslam, Rahul Nambiar, Tanvi & Priya
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

Such a relief to listen to this Karaharapriya raga-based gentle number after song no.3! But sadly, the male voices somehow don’t blend well. We hear sruti lapses! The ladies sail through. Attractive backing notes from the strings right through make this more enjoyable. A nice lilt is given to ‘sittrinbam adhai thedalam’---.Could climb the charts.



Uyire Uyire---
Vocals: Jaaved Ali, Madhumita
Lyrics: Snehan

Another duet with slow curving sangatis and nice staggered rhythms .And sexy lyrics! A stylish bit from the flute goes ‘dha-ma-ni-dha’ where the ‘dha’ vibrates showing up touches of Sindhubairavi raga. Jaaved is easy on the ears in higher octaves, but Madhumita’s powerful voice takes a beating.



Nenjukkulle—
Vocals:
Shweta
Lyrics: Snehan

The well known verse solemnizing marriage ‘Maangalyam thandhunaa’ alternates with lyrics that reflect loss and disappointment. A short sweet bit in Kiravani.

The Night is Still Young---Remix
Vocals:
Adithya

Oh, yeah! This remix version is actually funkier and more melodious than the original! Lovely guitars! Will hit the charts!

Om Shanti Om—Remix
Vocals:
Adithya

Mmm, quite nice, really , even if it is a bit on the noisy side.

Verdict:


Yuvan does not hesitate to experiment with rhythms, going by his recent albums, and here too we have rhythms that differ subtly from one another. But when we have eight songs lined up, an emphasis on beats does tire us, say, after four songs. Maybe a couple of softer melodies could have added richness to this album.



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