Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya – Bold, Different & Sweeping

Posted: February 1, 2010 in Music
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Vinaithaandi Varuvaaya marks the first Tamil ARR score to come out after his Oscar (and now Grammy) awards and also marks the first time, that he is composing for Gautham Menon (who was searching for a new composer after relationships soured with Harris Jeyraj). Gautham Menon is the modern day master of the intense yet soft yet no-nonsense romance and has had great music delivered to him by Harris previously and pressure is on ARR to deliver something virtually outstanding. The story for the movie is semi autobiographical, featuring an assistant film director falling in love with a Malayali Christian and stars Simbu and Trisha. Normally, with this combo, one can forget about acting but with Gautham at the helm, one is confident that he definitely can get the pair to act

Strong chords mark the start of the album with the song Aaromale. A strong western feel arises from the song and the overall feel is that of a slow rock song. With Mallu music director, Alphonse singing, and with Mallu lyrics throughout, the album has a definite different start to it. Suddenly in the song, you have a chant of Swasthi Swashti lending an almost religious marriage level feel to the song which jells well with the song and lends it a different quality. Alphonse singing Aaromale is simply awesome. The highlight of the song is easily the interaction between the various instruments. There are moments where you can hear just the chords playing, while in others, you have the violins leading the music along with the other instruments. It easily is one of the most polarizing piece ARR has composed. You either love it or hate it but you really cannot avoid it. All in all, an awesome start to the album

Shreya Ghoshal starts off in her distinct tones for the song Mannipaaya. The lyrics of this song are quite brilliant and as Kavity pointed ,its quite rare for a girl to ask forgiveness in a relation. ARR lends the male vocals to the song. There is an almost flowing quality to the song and one can hear the interplay of sitars in between. While the song is quite pleasant, there is a feel that the song is definitely not very special (Probably an opinion that will change on repeated hearings; I still have not found the song very appealing). There is a chorus bit in the between that is changes the tone of the song in between which is fairly endearing

Unusual instrument combos mark the start of the song Omana Penne, and is easily one of the distinctive ARR musical pieces owing to its dependence on computer generated music. Benny Dayal, who gets impressive after each and every song, hits stride. One simply loves the way Benny’s voice conveys softness and his voice is very flexible, hitting all the right feelings. There is a beautiful nadhaswaram piece in between that simply lends a contrast and yet contributing to the flow of the song. The nadhaswaram piece then continues to play for the rest of the song and is simply superb. Another very well executed song

Techno start to the next song, Anbil Avan, reminds one of the song Ho Elamai from Godfather. There are quite a few similarities to that song. However, we get to hear Devan after ages which is quite refreshing. Devan has a quite a distinctive voice and makes good use of it. The song deals with the marriage and makes for interesting listening as there are portions where there is the cello playing and then the nadaswaram playing to the Anandam Anandam Anandame, quite reminding one of the immortal Margo Margo song from Vetrivizha. Chinmayi is her usual self. However, this song is more of about the music than the singers

Karthik is the singer for the title track. As most reading this blog are aware, I have a huge bias towards Karthik. However, in this case, this was one song that was fairly lukewarm. He sings the song well no doubt and the music is also quite good. However, the combo is not good at all and is actually fairly disappointing considering that post collaborations of ARR and Karthik have given totally awesome songs. There almost seems to a jarring note of discontinuity in the song

A brilliant violin piece marks the start of Kannukkul Kannai, (that piece is also my now my ringtone). Another ARR regular, Naresh Iyer is the singer. This is a fairly ordinary song differentiated only by the brilliant violin playing in the background. It is also a typical Naresh song and he hardly has to exert himself. A good filler piece, may or may not feature in the movie. There are of course moments on brilliance in the song, when there is this whole techno wave going on in the background when Naresh sings “Un Nanban Illai…”

Hosanna, the last of the album is fittingly the best. Hosanna is used in the Christian context as a cry of praise and adoration. Vijay Prakash starts of the song in his usual impressive self and there is an awesome background score that is pretty much like the wind blowing softly and the female backing along with the concert of violins simply provide the right mood for the song, which changes tone when Blaaze enters with his unique brand of rap, which only adds to the mystique of the song. This is a multilayered song with very subtle strings overlapping with musical bits of the flute. One of those ARR songs where the female chorus voice is simply astounding. The lyrics are quite fitting describing a lover’s feelings when the girl walks into his life

Its been after ages that there has been an ARR album in which you like most of the songs on first listen and VV falls strongly into that category. His passion for experimentation and creating different music has only increased after the Oscar (even if the time he has for Indian filmdom has reduced) and this reflects strongly in the album. Gautham Menon is really blessed. Harris Jeyraj saved his best efforts for Gautham Menon and despite a change in music director, ARR has only pushed the bar higher.

Rating – 8.5/10

  1. lazeyblogger says:

    Wow ! What fighter level review 🙂 I am going to buy the music at the first opportunity !

  2. Kavitha says:

    @ lazeyblogger: Hahaha! We all know well enough whattay fighter Vinay is, so does not come as a surprise! And, please buy the CD soon. Musssssssssssssst listen!

    @ Vinay: Agree with you on almost all counts, specially the title song thingy. What a waste of Karthik in that, me thinks.
    I was just wondering which one I like better, Hosana or Aaromale. Somehow, Hosana wins. In Aaromale, my favorite at the end of the day is the Swasthi Swasthi part wonly, other than Alphonse’s voice.
    Didn’t realize the Anbil Avan parallel to the Godfather song before this, though I was wondering that it sounded a tad too familiar
    By the way, when is that exclusive Vijay Prakash post coming up? I am hopelessly in love with that guy’s voice!

  3. tachyon says:

    i cant believe anyone can hate aromale dude…def the song of the album for me…rest…not so much

  4. vinayvasan says:

    @lazeyblogger: Thanks. And while I would not go to Kavity’s level and say that you have to buy (I prefer download :D), you should definitely listen to it. Its that awesome

    @Kavity: Hosanna is simply way beyond awesome. And yes, any song that has Blaaze and Vijay Prakash would definitely be on top of the list. Well, the post on Vijay Prakash will take some time. In the meantime, I suggest you listen to Poo Vaasam from Anbe Sivam, Pal Pal Hai Bhaari from Swadesh, Man Mohini Morey from Yuvvraaj, Om Shiva from Naan Kadavul and Hosanna of course to satiate urself

    @tachyon/tragedy: I have heard a few people saying they hated Aaromale as they felt it was too western 🙂

  5. lazeyblogger says:

    Well, one change happened after marriage is – now I value musicians more, and tend to think that for betterment of their lives and hence their music – we need to buy more, and download less 🙂

  6. Shrutz says:

    I like aaromale. Mainly for the very very good lyrics 😉

  7. arumai says:

    i like that film.. especially chinmayi’s dup voice for trisha s more suitable with that character.. very soft and new type of love story.. its very fantastic.

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