The Mozart of Madras weaves his magic again
Many music lovers have had a feeling that over the last few years, AR Rahman has not been at the top of his game. Even though his albums had been enjoyable, many felt that he had lost his brilliance that had existed in his old albums. But he made a pretty good recovery with Suriya's 24. Now, the album of Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada is out, so let us see if he proves this opinion wrong.
A really, sweet and romantic song to begin the album. This song is melody personified and we can totally see the AR Rahman magic of the 90s when every song of his was a chartbuster. The Mozart of Madras keeps the music to a minimum, with a slight strumming of guitar and flutes that is barely audible, with some haunting violin play here and there. But the best part is the sweet-sounding voice of Vijay Yesudas. The lyrics by Pavendar Bharathidasan is poetry in motion. Overall, a perfect song and an ideal start to an album.
This one is a very modern, techno number from Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada. AR Rahman has made a lot of experiments in the song by changing the beats and the pacing, suddenly and several times in the song. In the singing department too there is a lot of variety, with a super fast rap, clean singing and playful singing in local Tamil. The lyrics are kind of weird, but is kind of appealing. But overall, it feels like Rahman has tried to experiment way too much, so this song will mostly find only selective appeal.
This song is a true AR Rahman number. The musical maestro delivers a brilliant musical score that will just mesmerise you. Rasaali begins with slow strumming and then Sathya Prakash begins singing in his sublime voice. As the beautiful singing draws you in, the song subtly changes structure and takes a more carnatic spin which is simply beautiful. Shaasha Tirupati who is the female playback singer in the song, also does her part really well as she hits all the high notes and complicated tunes with ease. This is easily the best song from the album.
A very breezy and modern love song, it is still melodic and soft in its own way. Rahman keeps it simple with slight drums and really peppy beat of claps and clicking fingers. Aditya Rao's powerful and passionate voice for this romantic number makes it a really pleasant and refreshing experience. Jonitha Gandhi's voice is super sweet and playful at the same time, making singing the strong point of this song. But the best part is the lyrics from Madhan Karky, which are so romantic that it will take your breath away. This one is definitely going to be the bomb among young lovers.
Thalli Pogathey has already created a sensation in the music world since it came out in January. Simple techno beats backed by flutes makes for a really amazing experience. Sid Sriram's voice is magical as he breezes along the track. ADK raps fluidly in the latter half of the song which weaves in easily with the melody. Aparna Narayanan also backs up Sid really well with her humming. Thamarai never ceases to amaze us with deep lyrics that touch your very soul. Basically a song that nobody can dislike.
AYM is definitely one of the best AR Rahman albums we have heard in recent times and he has really surpassed his previous work in 24. It's time for the Rahman fans to celebrate as he is back with a bang!
Thalli Pogathey and Rasaali
4 out of 5
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