Ayaarettu Naathu – Shankar Mahadevan, Anuradha Sriram: Sing along with me. Vaadi-amma Jakkama. Hold. Now just when you get to the end of the pallavi, sing Chellame Chellame. There. Now you know what this song sounds like. Is it just me or does Anuradha Sriram deserve the Bharat Ratna already? I mean, that’s probably the only way she can be forced to retire. The song recovers in the saranam though. Which means it doesn’t remind you of any one song, but only of a dozen other songs. Is it loud & noisy enough to blare from the rooftops come Deepavali? Damn right…shoor hit-u saar.
Chee Chee – Shankar Mahadevan, Harini, Dubbing artistes: Dubbing Diva Savita & Harini get together on a song where they attempt to reprise the magic of Theendai Theendai. Shankar Mahadevan pitches in for the male voice, and thankfully refrains from all the moaning action. The song is mildly catchy. Routine music, none too complicated rhythm, and lots of vocal hamming courtesy Savita.
Hey Pangaali – Udit Narayan, Manickam Vinayagam, Tippu: The movie is of course a remake of the Malayalam movie, Thommanum Makkalum (Thomman & Sons). And this song seems to be the equivalent of Nerinazhagu from the original where Mammooty, Rajan P.Dev and Lal are delirious about life and sing a peppy song driving around in a lorry with a board that says, yeah, Thommanum Makkalum. For the Mallu song, they had brought in Mano to see if he could butcher the language. So in the spirit of the original, Udit Narayan is brought in for this song. Udit, being a master at this, begins on a high note by singing Hey Pangaali like Vaepam Kali. If there is any such thing as Vaepam Kali (Neem Poison?), let Udit have a glass please. The ingredients for the song also include a heavy dose of the title numbers from Dhool & Dhil. It’s a pity that Vidyasagar has not composed any other D-list albums for Vikram that he could use.
Sollitharava – Madhu Balakrishnan, Sadhna Sargam: If not for the fact that Vidyasagar has used Madhu.B for all his melody numbers in the recent past, this song would’ve been more impressive. In spite of this setback, the song sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise bad album. Just for the fact that it’s easier on your ears.
Podhumada Saami – Kailash Kher: Kailash Kher of Allah Ke Bandhe fame lays his vocal cords bare for this number. Surprisingly enough, his Tamizh diction is very decent. But do we really care at this point? Nah. A yawn-inducing filler song at best, I hit the stop button 2 minutes into the song. Podhumada Saami indeed. For the entire album.
Majaa & Sivakaasi are perfect Deepavaali albums in that they are possibly the noisiest albums I’ve heard all year. While the former almost passes off as a ‘Best of Vidyasagar’ compilation, the latter threatens you with the prospect of a permanent migraine. Piss-poor efforts. 2005 could well turn out to be the year where Tamizh film music finally hit rock-bottom.