Sunday, December 12, 2010

Kaavalan - Audio Review

Good music can always melt your heart, give you lot of happiness and please your senses. The music of Ekaveera Creations' Kaavalan is a perfect example of this statement. From the days of Nilaave Vaa, Vijay and Vidhyasagar combination has always been special and they both together have given us a good number of chartbuster albums. But after Nilaave Vaa, this is just the second time they have come with an album dominated by melodies and a romantic theme, miles away from what is typically expected from them. The change has definitely been very good and the happiness in your heart when you finish listening the album is a proof of it.

The album begins with the bang of "Vinnai Kaapan Oruvan" sung by Tipu (who has sung many fast numbers for Vijay) and Swetha. The magic of "Soora Thenga" and "Nee endha ooru" is brought out in this song again by Vijay-Tipu-Vidhyasagar combo. Swetha's voice is sweet and pleasant on the ears. The rich orchestration brings in a festive mood that it is intended for. Lyrics by Pa.Vijay are easy on the lips and the whole song itself has a simple tune and pattern which will sure catch the listener's attention at the first listen itself. This is the only mass number in the whole album but still has a good melody woven into it.

Karthik comes up next with "Yaaradhu Yaaradhu" with the voice of Suchitra (almost a harmony) in the interludes. This is an outstanding solo romantic melody in a Vijay film that has come after years, last one being "Kanmoodi Thirakumbodhu" in Sachein. But this is one song which has an amazing feel to it, as it was in "Ennai Thaalata Varuvaalo" from "Kadhaluku Mariyadhai". Yugabharathi's lyrics are excellent, especially the lines like "Vidayaaga Kelvi Thandhadhu, Thelivaaga Kuzhamba Vaipadhu" easily depict the feelings of a confused lover. Karthik is an expert in such songs and his voice adds a huge value to the song, flowing like a clear stream throughout.

"Step, Step, Step it Up" is a dance number that has a feel like many of those Ricky Martin's peppy songs (especially 'Maria'). With simple Tamizh lyrics by Viveka (unlike father-abusing senseless lines) and brilliant rendition by Benny Dayal and Megha, it has all qualities of a chartbuster. The song has a catchy Spanish-like tune and a western style composition which is sure to send a vibration to the listening ears. Thankfully, not much of techno sounds there. Considering that Ilayathalapathy would burn the floor with his unbeaten dance steps, this song will soon leap steps up and up for sure.

Karthik yet again entertains us, this time with a melodious and peppy romantic solo "Sada Sada Sada Sada Mazhai". A song about mixed bag of feelings a guy has for his girl, it is bound to become listener's favourite instantly, mainly for the child-like innocence Karthik brings into it with his scintillating voice. Yugabharathi impresses for one more time with the intelligent use of words in his lyrics. Some examples are: "Solla mozhi indri thamizh sorkal ennai vittu vittu andharathil ammi kuthudhe", "Kuralaale ennul kudiyerik konda kolaikaari" and "Medhuvaga chellum gadikaara mullum unai kaana solli nacharikudhe".

The album concludes with yet another romantic melody "Pattampoochi Koopidumbodhu" which is special for a unique reason. KK, Kabilan and Vidhyasagar each of whom are known for many fast numbers of Vijay have come together with a sweet melody that is too very pleasing. Though melody is Vidhyasagar's area of expertise, it is KK who surprises with his well-controlled and soft rendition, far from his usual style. Kabilan's lines like "Alaivarisayil nee sirikka, tholai thodarbinil naan irukka, udhadum udhadum pesum pozhudhu ulagai marandhene" are very catchy. Rita of "Vaada Maapla"(Villu) fame does a great job too in her another avatar.

To sum up, the album speaks volumes about the romantic feel in the film and has already created lot of expectations not just about the visuals of the songs but also about the whole film. It is a "feel-good" album that is sure to stay long in our memories and it comes as a nice change from the usual firework music albums of Vijay in recent past. Vidyasagar deserves a huge credit for giving Vijay fans a chance to celebrate a special 'music festival' in December.

Kaavalan - The Musical Chill of December.