Thotti Jaya observation

Anniyan did not find Harris Jayaraj at his creative best, as one would normally expect for a Shankar movie (maybe many don’t care anymore considering the actual movie challenged their sanity). One aspect missing from some of the songs, I thought, were solid intros, an art form that Rahman & Raja are masters of. And now we have another Harris Jayaraj album called Thotti Jaya, featuring Chimpu & his swooshing finger(s). My laziness quotient has exponentially increased over the past coupla months, so a detailed blade analysis (to use a Bosey term) of the album might not happen.

Of particular interest though is one song that goes Achu Vella Karumbe. It’s a paradox when compared to every other song in Anniyan in that it has probably one of the best intros I’ve heard in recent times. The first 12-13 seconds are amazing. Shankar Mahadevan starting off with Laailaiye Aaa coupled with the chord shifts that come with the background synth & the strumming guitar. But then it’s like HarrisJ has a serious attack of self-doubt and suddenly switches back to an all-too familiar rhythm and song structure that gives one a strong whiff of Mudhalvan. The song is catchy alright, but at the expense of sounding hackneyed. This easy compromise has been the bane of his music in recent times. This resorting to tested song styles that would ensure a flavor of the month hit. Exactly why he will, sadly enough, always be referred to as that extremely talented Rahman clone.

Footnote: Thotti Jaya, otherwise, is a decent album with Yaaridamum and the vocals of Ramesh Vinayagam impressing the best, in spite of the forced lyrics.

10 thoughts on “Thotti Jaya observation”

  1. I have started liking Yaaridamum and Uyire En Uyire. The theme music resembles that of Anniyan. if the movie doesn’t get noticed (which is highly likely), the songs may not become popular.

  2. Kaps: You never know with the Chimp. I thought Manmadhan was horrid, but apparently it was a huge hit. Atleast he seems to get decent songs out of his music directors.
    Anand: The first word that came to mind was indeed wannabe but I guess I’m more of a softie at 9:05AM in the morning. :)

  3. Simbu has a special rapport with Yuvan and that was the reason for the outstanding music of Manmadhan. Not sure whether Simbu can do it with Harris Jeyaraj.

  4. Kaps, I don’t think Manmadhan was any better than Thotti Jaya in terms of musical quality. Well, I’m not too hung up on Yuvan’s music..maybe that’s why.

  5. UPDATE: A week after this post, I left a spay/neuter pamphlet from KAPS on the chair in the yard I caonnt say if it was read and paid any mind The next time we went past, there was another dog there and I did not see the vagrant again :-/ I do worry he wandered into the street but it’s hard to say. I hope he was just back in the yard, though I never saw him again when we’d pass and the other dog was not out as often as the vagrant. Perhaps he listened at least to keeping the dogs from wandering one can hope.

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