YATHUMAAGI MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Malathy

Music Director : James Vasanthan
Vocals : Benny Dayal, Chitra, Vijay Yesudoss, Sathyan, Prasad Ramkumar, Bellie Raj, Sri Madhumita Uma Sarayu
Lyrics : Mohan Rajan, Andal Priyadarshini, Na. Muthukumar, Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Sabbir Khan, Yugabharathi

Produced by Sakthi Sangavi, Mohana Sangavi of Chozha Creations (P) Ltd, and directed by debutant R. Balakumar, this film stars newcomer Sachin (a sound engineer and ad film maker) and Sunaina, who plays an illiterate village girl. James Vasanthan, the music director for this film, has added an innovative touch to the album by incorporating ‘junkyard music’ into it and the result seems to be interesting.
  Yathumaagi

Pesum Minsaram---
Vocals: Benny Dayal
Lyrics: Mohan Rajan

A pleasant song with an ‘Indipop’ touch to it, conceived on the Sankarabaranam scale. Well sung by Benny Dayal to the easy accompaniment of acoustic and bass guitars. Nothing striking or new about the song, though.



Parthadhum---

Vocals: Chitra, Vijay Yesudoss, Sathyan
Lyrics: Andal Priyadarshini

Another sedate duet on the Kiravani scale where the song itself begins aptly on the ‘pa’ note and descends to ‘ma’ and ‘ni’ in the succeeding lines. The interludes, especially the rhythms, are trendy and make you want to listen again. ‘Clean’ lyrics add to our enjoyment.



Koothadichidava---

Vocals: Prasad Ramkumar, Vijay, Uma and Sarayu
Lyrics: Yugabharathi

Oh, this number is so refreshingly different and is bound to vault onto the charts! The song itself is built on some good-natured ribbing between young guys and gals, but it is the accompanying music and rhythm arrangement that holds your attention. Though the base raga is Karaharapriya, with the use of both the big and small ‘ga’ sounds, we get to hear a touch of Harikamboji too. A stylish number, easy on the ears.



Thigatta Thigatta---
Vocals: Deepa Miriam
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

Sweet lyrics from Muthukumar set to soft but familiar notes on the Sankarabaranam scale. This song counterbalances song number one, so to speak! Good use of flute right through, especially the fluttery ‘pa dha pa dha’ notes at the start and the swirling ‘pa dha sa ri gaa’ in the first interlude. A bit of guitars too, nothing assertive. High time Deepa infused some emotion into her songs! This is not choir music.




Yathumaagi---

Vocals: Benny Dayal
Lyrics: Mahakavi Bharathiyar

Just a snatch from the famous Bharathiyar song. On the Karaharapriya scale, the brief rendering, one on the ‘ri’ and another on the ‘ni’ scale, has been harmonized.




Yaradhu Yaro Yaro---
Vocals: Bellie Raj and Sri Madhumita
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

Oh, ho ho! Here we have another possible hit like ‘Kangal Irandaal’ of the same composer. An attractive interpretation of Atana raga where the guitar notes that play around the ‘pa, dha, ma’ swaras add a lovely western touch and the delicate flute notes give a melodic touch. Decent lyrics that are a joy to hear. Bellie Raj needs some voice strengthening, urgently! Madhumita is effortless. Pleasant rhythms too.




Verdict:


A breezy album, this. James Vasanthan deserves a pat. But he can think about going easy on the ‘choir music’ coloring in his songs and experiment with the melodic aspects of our music as he expands his repertoire.



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