on SOK (work in progress)

I told myself yesterday, a (terribly) incomplete post is better than none at all. Plus, I’m touched when anonymous no one in particular asks me to update. :)

Yay, Rahman is back with another album. Let the superlative overload begin…

‘Rahman Broadway Hangover’ is what the title track would be called in English. What you heard in ‘Iruvar’ is nothing compared to this big-band extravaganza for which Vaali writes naughty opening lines – ‘Birds do it, Butterflies do it, Trees do it’. If you thought ‘copulate’, you ought to be ashamed. It’s love, you fool…a Cool kinda Love. The song is probably a tribute to the few years Rahman spent around the world of musicals. Heck! he even has a cat meow in a few notes now & then. Hat-tip to Webber. Check. The singers (it sounded like Tanvi had company) ,unfortunately, are no Ethel Mermans. Infact, at around 3:29 one of them sounds like she is improvising and being strangled at the same time. Tsk! Tsk! The song will probably sound fresh in tea stalls, but otherwise, it’s your basic big-band template customized to fit Tamizh lyrics.

I understand why ‘Kummi Adi’ would read better on the back of a CD, but if it were to me, I’d have stuck with Avalukkenna Ambasamudhira Iyer Hotelu Alwa Maadhiri, Thaazham Poovena Thala Thala Thalavenu Vandha Vandha Paaru. Thank God for Vaali! I know he kids a lot about doing it for the dough, but sometimes I think he does put a little heart into it. Snehan & co., take notes. This is how you write fun lyrics, not crap about what you do best in the kitchen! Maybe the opening lines helped, but this turned out to be my favorite in the album. Villupaatu-ish melody aided by a rollicking rhythm, better singing and a saranam that sounds prettier with Swarnalatha’s voice. Good stuff.

Machakaari is a catchy pop tune with a relentless rhythm, sung with gusto by Vasundara Das & Shouter Mahadevan. Will probably find extended playing time on every teenager’s iPOD. And some on mine. Flavor of the month.

Majaa Majaa brought back memories of Ah-Aah. And I really don’t need that right now. If you wanted SPB Charan to sing like SPB, why not use the original when he’s around? Tiresome.

Post Script:
When I wrote what I thought of RDB, a few Rahmaniacs came by, fangs exposed, and reminded me of what I already knew. That I know not much about music. And I’ll admit it…I cried a little, at first, and then looked to the skies and howled like Sean Penn in Mystic River (I’d like to see him in a remake of ‘Paasa Malar’). Which is why I need to explicitly ask the haters to stay away this time. And if you really need to vent, channel it all at the vagaries of the desi blog-ranking system. A worthy cause.

14 thoughts on “on SOK (work in progress)”

  1. oh man – i thought you gave up on blogging and i could move into your space and take over the review writing world – buwahahahah!
    but then you come back with bang and post this awesome review! keep it up!!

  2. hey i asked you to update too, in canonical verse no less! have you heard the songs of the movie bharati? would be interested in your thoughts.

  3. //…The song is probably a tribute to the few years Rahman spent around the world of musicals…//

    Probably that’s where the disaster lies, one can see a downfall of quality in his output after all that ‘phoren stage musical blah blahs’ happened. Looks like he has become an FRCC nowadays…(Foreign Returned Confused Composer)

  4. hey , new york nagaram is a cool song… didnt like it first time, but like all ar’s songs, it grows on u… but the rest were pure pain… the only respite being ambasamudram alva song… lyrics catchy stuph…

  5. hey… newyork nagaram grows on u… liked kummi adi… but the rest were sheer torture… guess too much of experimentation would only produce frankestiens…

  6. The “birds do it, bees do it” is a Cole Porter song (see lyrics here: http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/lwordthe/letsdoitletsfallinlove.htm). I just assumed it was a straight forward “tribute” to an old classic – like the Louis Armstrong song in Parineeta. But if Vaali claims to have written it himself, then all he’s done is to kill all of the wit from the original!
    You’re right about Kummi Adi – it’s definitely my fav. I liked “New York” until I made the mistake of watching the video on YouTube – there’s a line about his not getting coffee in the mornings or something, and they have a shot of Surya singing soulfully to a cup of coffee at a sidewalk restaurant… The only thing I could think of was – if “she” isn’t around to get you your coffee, go to Starbucks, dude! and the song’s been dead to me since :)

  7. Howdy Partner, I fell lucky that I located this post while browsing for movie music lyrics. I am with you on the topic of on SOK (work in progress). Ironically, I was just putting a lot of thought into this last Saturday.

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