Sunday, August 23, 2009


Date: Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 12:01 PM
Music: A.R.Rahman

"Taxi Taxi"
Singers: Benny Dayal, Blaaze, Viviane Chaix and Javed Ali. Lyrics: Blaaze, Na Muthukumar, Viviane Chaix

Rahman brings us the song of the year in the form of Taxi. It's a 'crazy frog' meets our very own 'bling linga ling' song, which surprisingly has wonderful lyrics, very rare to find in a fast number. Instrument arrangements and programming helps raise the bar for this marvelous number. Even though other singers have done well, Viviane simply makes us frenzy with her voice modulation.

Singers: Madhushree, A R Rahman, Hentry. Lyrics: Vaali.

Faintly similar to the song 'Uyire en uyire' of Thottijeya at parts, this song has everything that a melodious number should have: sweet humming, wonderful chorus, great vocal, soft notes in piano all accompanied by charming lyrics. But the spark is missing somewhere. Nevertheless it's a soft number which soothes you.

"I Miss You Da"
Singers: Chinmayi, Indai Haza. Lyrics: Na Muthukumar

Rumored to be picturized on futuristic New York, the song is laced with sounds depicting it. Though a good number, it doesn't take your hand to the repeat option. It is one of those songs, which is meant for the visuals; on the whole a haunting futuristic number.

Singers: Benny Dayal, Chinmayi. Lyrics: Pa Vijay

Based on life in the streets of hyderabad, this song composed for the movie "Meenaxi" is borrowed here. Sadly it's used a peppy love song. Yet it's a very entertaining number with lot of layers showing different facet each time you listen to them. The dominance of instruments does bother the listener at times.

Singers: Krish, Naresh Iyer. Lyrics: Na Muthukumar

The word 'elay' rendered in typical village slang of the south with the backdrop of cowboy style instrument arrangement itself shows the novelty of this song. Vocals are very effective especially when they sing 'mossa mossanu valandhu vittom'. It's without any doubt Muthukumar is the star of the song with his wonderful lyrics. The guitar and violins complement them beautifully.

"Naan Epoudhu"
Singers: Reena Bharadwaj. Lyrics: Pa Vijay

Another song used from the movie "Meenaxi"; Naan epodhu is based on a Rajasthani folk. Reena's voice is a pleasure to hear. But the synthetic enhancement of vocal instead of enhancing the feel only dampens it. Thankfully it is compensated by the innovative sounds.

Each song is completely different from other, representing various moods. If one dismisses the fact that two songs are not fresh compositions, it will surely be the album of the year. Even though it cannot be declared an enthralling album, it never stops exciting you. That is the Rahman magic and it hasn't dimmed all these time.

Rating: 3 ½ stars/ 5.

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