Saturday, April 03, 2010

Yeh jo zindagi hain - 1947 Earth

Song: Yeh jo zindagi hain
Movie: 1947 Earth
Singers: Srinivas, Sujata Trivedi

Jo afsaane dil ne bunee, Unko koi dil hi suney
All the tales that the heart spun, Only some hearts hear it 
Hum haule haule pyaar ki dhundhli fizayon mein aaye
We entered the hazy premises of love

Gehre gehre hain khwaab ki neeli ghatayon ke saaye
The shadows of dreams are a deep blue

Hum tum dono khoye khoye
You and I are completely lost

Sapne dekhein jaage soye
We dream at sleep and at wake

Gumsum hairaan
Silent, surprised.
Ye jo zindagi hai koi dastaan hai
Kab hoga kya ye khabar kahan hai
Ye jo zindagi hai koi carvaan hai
Kahan jayegi ye khabar kahan hai
This life is like some fable,
We have no idea what will happen when
This life is all about the moments
We don't know where it will take us.
Behti hain chingariyaan jaise, sar se paon tak nas nas mein
Like the sparks flow from the head to toe in the veins

Halka halka hosh hai lekin, kuch bhi nahin ab mere bas mein
There is little consciousness, but there is nothing under my control now
Mere ang ang mein bechaini bijli banke lehraaye
There is restlessness in every part of my body that is giving me waves of shock

Ek meethe meethe dard ka badal tan man par chhaye
A sweet cloud of pain envelopes my body and soul

Saansein uljhein dhadke lekin jaane kaisi meri mushkil, hogi aasaan
My breath is confused, but still beats, I wonder how I will ease my difficulty.
This is such a soothing song, with minimal usage of instruments. Both Srinivas and Sujata sound fresh. I love Srinivas's nasal way of ending each note. My pick from the 1947 Earth album.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya (VTV) Music - A Review

Much awaited from ARR after Sakkarakatti and his Oscar, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya's music held high hopes way ahead of its release. And when it came, it amazed everyone. According to me, this is one of ARR's most quirky and experimental albums in recent times. The songs have a completely different approach and do not follow any standard patterns. And that is exactly what gives the album a raw and exotic appeal which doesn't conform to usual mass standards.

Omana Penne: Benny Dayal, Kalyani Menon
Much was said earlier about Naresh Iyer being the next Karthik and Benny Dayal being the next Naresh Iyer. But with all 3 in the album in their comfortable home zones, its difficult to decide who is the best. Benny Dayal has proved his mettle yet again with this genre. The very unusual usage of classical instruments like the violin and nadaswaram in the background bolster the contemporary rhythm remarkably. This one seems to have left quite an impression on the man by the Mallu lass. Looks like we are going to hear a lot of Omana Penne in fusion music competitions in India.

Kannukul Kannai: Naresh Iyer
Pacing faster than the rest of the songs in the album, this one has some funky techno beats and involves a lot of added sound mixing. Would someone clarify if the opening is a violin or a cello ? If it really is just a violin; only ARR can make it sound that way. We've heard better from Naresh Iyer, but this is definitely not the best of the lot. The persistent hero is not going to let it go easy. The woman has to submit.

Anbil Avan: Devan Ekambaram, Chinmayee
I have almost begun to expect Chinmayee to sound different in every album. How does she manage to do it ? Its a delight to listen to Devan too, his voice just eases you out. Personally I love his voice in the last 20 seconds of the song. Celebrations are in the air. Church music, a disappointed Jeyaraj at his loss for not doing what he has always done and the white vision might just be complete with this track. The girl can't fathom anything beyond our man.

Aaromale: Alphons Joseph
Rock Band aspirants - here is your anthem. Take it and vanish. Yes yes, the strings are very Pink Floyd and Nirvana-ish; we all know that. But shut up and listen to what follows- then go jump. Where did this man come from ? I can almost imagine the crowd going crazy in concerts when this song comes up. Swasthi swasthi sumuhurtham could just be the next chant. There's a strange intensity juxtaposing the softness in the song and more violins, dear lord - have mercy. Aaromale is bound to get you high. No exaggerations! Best of the lot and my pick of the album for endless loop listening sessions.

Hosanna: Vijay Prakash, Suzanne, Blaaze
One minute into the song and you think - ok, so this is going to be the haunting soothing melody, but this serpentines into a foot-tapping, jive-worthy pop. Suzanne's crooning is a like a breeze on a sultry day, you are left with wanting more. Blaaze's rap gives us some hip to hop. Our man is calling out to the girl and he even offers his other heart for her to shatter. And she says Hosanna!!

Mannipaya: Shreya Ghoshal, AR Rahman
Ok, here's your haunting soothing melody. Please don't brand this as the next Munbe vaa. The woman is asking for forgiveness in her honeydew voice and even the most cruel person in the world would oblige her. She seems to have gone the extra mile to get the pronunciation right. Every time Shreya Ghoshal utters Mannipaya (3:45 - 3:57) - it is sheer musical magic. Can some tell me what raga this is? How can I not say something about THE man in this track. Rahman's nasal wheezy high toned voice is unmatchable in this song. He sounds slightly different from what he does usually, that's probably because of the nasal undertone. Lesser said, the better. Just close your eyes and sway!

Vinnathaandi Varuvaya: Karthik
When did we last listen to Karthik sing for ARR ? I could not relate to this song instantly. The unconventional approach is a little hard to take in at first. But it is like tasting beer for the first time, you don't like it at all - but still keep drinking. Beautifully unplugged and very queer.

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya with its February release, perfectly sets in the mood for Valentine's Day. The Rahman-Gautham combination seems to have sparked a curiosity already. Let's see if the attraction surpasses the Harris-Gautham partnership. But overall, VTV as an album is a delight !