ACHCHAM YENBADHU MADAMAIYADA (MUSIC REVIEW): Southern Spice – Tamil (Tamil Special)

The first time I’m reviewing a Tamil movie’s music, in spite of thinking of doing it many times…! Excited as never before!


Music Album Details
♪ Music by: A.R. Rahman
♪ Lyrics by: Madhan Karky, Vignesh Shivan, Thamarai & Pavendar Bharathidasan
♪ Music Label: Divo Music / VMS Music / Publishing Sdn Bhd
♪ Music Released On: 17th June 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 9th September 2016100000x100000-999 (5)

 

To hear the full songs of this album on Gaana CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE

 


Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada is an upcoming Tamil (dubbed into Telugu) action/romance film that stars Silambarasan and Manjima Mohan in lead roles. The movie is directed by Gautham Menon, and produced by Reshma Ghatala, Jayaram, Elred Kumar, Gautham Menon and Venkat Somasundaram. Well, what made me come to this album was the music director. No prizes for guessing that it is A.R. Rahman. The composer had a good end to last year with his Hindi album ‘Tamasha’, which I unfortunately had to miss! It was a great conclusion to his account in the year which started with the Tamil flick, ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’, which will also coincidentally be his opening album to 2017, except, in Hindi, for ‘OK Jaanu’. He opened 2016 with his sci-fi Tamil movie, ’24’, and now he comes back with this Tamil album. Getting frustrated of him not coming into Bollywood for quite a while but doing so many Tamil movies, I decided to go review his Tamil albums. 😛 As it is, I haven’t reviewed a Rahman album since decades!! :O 😛 This is just a practice review, to get ready for his upcoming Hindi albums ‘Mohenjo Daro’ and ‘OK Jaanu’! And hopefully, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ of we gt the soundtrack album! 🙂 So here we go!!


1. Showkali
Singers ~ Aditya Rao, Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam & Sri Rascol, Rap Lyrics by ~ Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam & Sri Rascol, Lyrics by ~ Vignesh Shivan 

Rahman starts off the album with an infectious hip-hop number that is very, very “with the times”, and would appeal to the youth of today. The song is not exactly what would come into your mind when you think of Rahman, even though he has already proved his talent in catering to the youth many times in the past, most of them being Tamil ventures. Rahman’s composition is very tough to follow and grasp, but nevertheless, it appeals for as long as it is playing. Rahman sure does know how to weave magic into all his songs, even when there’s no scope of doing so! The composition is mostly made up of random phrases (of course, I can’t understand the lyrics.) with random tunes that really serve as an entertaining cocktail of noises and sounds. The arrangements are mind-blowing and really go well with the theme of hip-hop. Techno beats have been used to give a booming and appealing structure to the song. Various attractions like a digital sound and a very typical EDM noise, really make the song as cool as possible, not to mention enjoyable. An Arabic-styled percussion and strings sets in, midway through the song, and gives a very different feel to the song. And towards the end, is when Rahman gets into his very controversial experimental mode. (Controversial because so many like it while just as many don’t!) I, for one, loved it the very first time, though the song is definitely not something I regularly would like! Towards the end, Rahman cranks up the tempo and provides a very entertaining dappankuthu rhythm, after which the total structure of the song changes and turns into a kind of free-for-all! The beats are just tooooo good there! Especially those digital twinkly beats that started the song off. As for vocals, Aditya gets a very less scope to spread out his wings, as the rapper takes center-stage and attracts all attention towards himself. Sri Rascol must be applauded for such a mindblowingly rapid rap! 😀 It was a fascinating thing to hear! I can’t differentiate between Aditya and Aaryan though, but I must say whatever voices I heard were impressive, so I can’t say that any one of them sang bad. 😀 The hookline is very weird, but very appealing as well! As for the lyrics, I don’t know what they mean, but the song as a whole sent positive vibes through me! Rahman impresses with a youthful hip-hop number! A brave venture that would never have worked out in Bollywood, sadly! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Idhu Naal
Singers ~ Aditya Rao & Jonita Gandhi, Lyrics by ~ Madhan Karky

Up next is a romantic song, which has Rahman written all over it. When Rahman composes these simple, sweet and innocent romantic songs, without the heavy and dark notes (like ‘Hai Rama’ from ‘Rangeela’ and the like), it always turns out to be a profitable venture. Rahman stays sweet and simple with the composition, not trying to make it very complicated, but making it just right, so that it appeals to the masses and the classes alike. The mukhda is really beautiful, starting directly with the title of the song, and taking it softly from there, with a cute bridge from each line to the next. The antara takes an even sweeter form, what with Jonita’s voice making it all the more sweet. The variations in the composition are perfectly handled by both the singers, who do a great job to shine in the great composition. Aditya gets more scope here to shine, and what does he do? Shine, of course!! He sings with a lot of zest and is beautifully complemented by Jonita with her sweet and feathery voice. Her humming throughout the song, behind Aditya’s lines, gives more charm to the lines. Her own stanza in the antara, she manages with ease, and she sounds a lot like Chinmayi, who coincidentally, has sung the Telugu version of the song! 😀 Arrangements are heavenly. Fingersnaps give a good beat to the song, while drums along with a scintillating electronic loop (the one that starts off the song) help to carry the melody forward. Guitars are also audible in the background. The interludes are blissful, with beautiful techno sounds playing very melodically. Piano notes take the interludes to different levels altogether. A very exquisite backing chorus gives the song a very Westernized touch, and I just loved that inexpressibly! The “idhu varai yaedhume” portions joined with other lines each time, all the most majestic of the whole song, and they are what I keep waiting for like a loyal pet dog. :p (Yes, I’m okay with calling myself a dog for them, too!!) Youthful, melodious and a song full of innocent romance. How I wish Rahman was Jeet Gannguli or Ajay-Atul, and that he would remake his Tamil songs into Hindi!! 😂😂😂 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Rasaali
Singers ~ Sathya Prakash & Shashaa Tirupathi, Lyrics by ~ Thamarai

Let me tell you guys, this song is the sole reason I decided to review this album! It is a song that will leave you speechless, thoughtless, senseless and whatnot. Rahman creates another very alluring romantic song, that sounds very South-indian, yet will appeal to everyone! It will just take one time for you to listen to it and make it your favourite song ever! For me, it is no doubt one of Rahman’s best in his recent works. It starts off weird with a spooky sound like a bat’s, or a horse neighing. But then it completely transforms into a cute, sweet, indescribable romantic song full of magnificence. The composition is just so marvelous, that it gives you the goosebumps within the first minute itself, and though it is biologically impossible, the goosebumps don’t go away until the song is over. 😛 Rahman has infused a very Carnatic classical touch into a modern-sounding romantic song. I’ll explain. The arrangements are colossal. There is a whole interlude devoted to Carnatic instruments!!! The song starts off with its mukhda immersed in guitars that are purely soulful to the core. The mukhda itself is unexplainably BLISSFUL! The way two words have been repeated in the very first line, is what I loved the most! The composition has the power to lull you to sleep, but at the same time, it is very refreshing. After the guitar-led mukhda is over, the guitars hand over the relay baton to the Carnatic instruments, with a wonderful blend of thavil, manjeeras and a breathtaking violin played in a very Carnatic style. It is joined by a flute later on, and that just adds to the magic. The antaras have the many twists and turns like a Carnatic raaga. Though Sathya Prakash does remarkably well in the first one, Shashaa does his career’s best nuances in complete Carnatic style in the second interlude, right before she takes over the second antara to herself as well! Her murkiyaan are tooooo perfect! It is the hookline though, where most of the beauty is concentrated. An elongated word, Rasaaaaliiii steals away your heart. The song ends very softly with Sathya almost whispering into your ear. With a perfect fusion of appealing techno sounds and Carnatic elements, Rahman provides an earworm that is to be cherished forever! Special, special mention to Shashaa’s beautiful Carnatic solo! 👏👏 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Avalum Naanum
Singer ~ Vijay Yesudas, Lyrics by ~ Pavendar Bharathidasan

The next song sees Rahman stepping back into innocent mode, with a sweet-as-honey romantic song from a man’s point of view. Mostly, in Bollywood, we hear such songs in a female’s voice, like the recent ‘Dil Ye Ladaku’ (Saala Khadoos) which was a sugar-sweet romantic song. Here, Vijay Yesudas, with a voice as silky as his father’s, is in top form, and renders the song with great ease and skilled sweetness. Rahman’s melody, again, is very sweet. This time, he introduces ballroom waltz elements into the song, which lifts it up levels higher. The composition has its appeal in its simple structure. The hookline is beautiful, with the title of the song alternating with other lines, and this going on for quite some time. But it is really sweet! Rahman’s arrangements win again in this one, with strings (Chennai Strings Orchestra) and flutes taking the front seat. The use of the strings make the song sound oh-so-graceful in the waltzy theme. It is the first interlude that wins over your heart, though, with the violins lulling you away to la-la-land. It sounds so majestic! It is when the flute kicks in, when you feel completely drowned into the song. The antara follows with another cute tune. Vijay sings very well, and it sounds so sweet, you can’t help but keep on listening for his next lines. Guitars and fingersnaps join here too, later on, and sound great while they’re there! MORE BLISS! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Thalli Pogathey
Singers ~ Sid Sriram, Aparna Narayanan, Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Rap Lyrics by ~ Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Lyrics by ~ Thamarai

With one club song and three back-to-back romantic songs, Rahman comes back to the club, EDM and youth genre to conclude the album with. As it turns out, this was the first song to release, though. This time, Rahman once more makes it huge with the genre. He avoids breaking into a very imposing and fast-paced tune; instead, he does everything with a very slow, entrancing pace, which manages to make the song work. However! Yes, there is a “however” to everything! However, the song is not as catchy as it should be, with the impressive beats. The familiarity takes its toll on the song; so many of Rahman’s songs have been similar in both composition and beats. The song gets a bit monotonous after a certain amount of time, nevertheless it is a good attempt, considering the catchy beats. Sid Sriram does well with the main portions, while ADK raps in a cool manner too, yet not really impressing as much as I feel it should have. Aparna steps in for a few backing vocals, and so has very little scope to showcase her voice. It is the arrangements that save the song, with the electronic beats actually acting as its lifeguard. They appeal and Rahman does them beautifully, each and every time. A great attempt, but gets too monotonous and wears out after some time, and it is long!!


Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada is a very, very impressive album. I just touched it because of one song, and found four other great songs, out of which one may lag behind the others, but what does that matter?! All in all, it is another out-of-the-park shot by Rahman, that will surely get at least three of its songs (the romantic ones) into people’s hearts forever. Maturity in the romance, and youth in the rest, is what this album is all about. A treat for Rahman lovers!!

 

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: Rasaali > Avalum Naanum > Idhu Naal > Showkali > Thalli Pogathey 

 

Which is your favourite song from Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

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