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Kadal audio review - A listen to the songs

One of this year's most highly anticipated music albums is finally here,advanced by a couple of days due to phenomenal public demand. This is unsurprising, as Madras Talkies' Kadal, brings back the much-revered combination of director Mani Ratnam and composer A R Rahman, not to mention the lyricist duo, Vairamuthu and Karky. With Gautam and Thulasi joining hands for the first time on the big screen, the movie is eagerly anticipated. The " Kadal" album has seven tracks, featuring the voices of A.R.Rahman, Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Abhay Jodhpurkar, Chinmayi, Haricharan Seshadri, Harini, Shakthisree Gopalan, Sid Sriram, Tanvi Shah and Vijay Yesudas. While Rahman himself has crooned two songs, the rest of the singers have one song each to their credit.

Anbin Vaasale(Haricharan)

What starts off a very classical number, turns into dramatic statements in Anbin Vaasale. If you thought the vocals in Kadal were the center of attention till now, you are going to another treat in this one. Every syllable that comes from the lead is exclamatory and has a very outward chorus, powerful strings and dramatic drumming backing it up. At one point of time, the chorus take up the lines completely.

Magudi Magudi(Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Chinmayi, Tanvi Shah)

It a digitally mastered track is highly energetic and racy, but at the same time, broody. What's different in this number is, it mixes few dialogues with the song to make it part serious and part catchy. Since most of the song is digitally composed, there isn't any scope for musical composition.

Chithirai Nela(Vijay Yesudas)

Vijay Yesudas has a handful to do with Chithirai Nila. However, his usual soulful voice and deep vocals stand out well, even above the prominent background track. His verses are brought to life by Vairamuthuís lines, which signify a fatherís pride always keeping in the personality of the character who will be singing it. The words take the drivers seat if you listen in closely in a song that grows on you with each listen.

Adiye(Sid Sriram, Maria Roe Vincent)

Adiye takes you through a style of retro music that thins the line between jazz and folk numbers even further. The confidence exuded through the hard-hitting percussion and the high-pitch vocals arenít new to Rahman fans, but after paying attention to detail, you cannot deny enjoying it. The piano and the vocals lead the way and itís almost too stylish to be in an album like Kadal, but we are soon to see some justice done to that.

Elay Keechan(A.R.Rahman)

Elay Keechan is a feel-good song, and the best part is it doesnít try to be one.A.R.Rahman sweeps through the high-pitched vocals and also plays support on a few occasions. His expressions meddle with Madhan Karkyís with a ton of little intricacies. If anything, these are some of the best lines you could expect for a casual song and the effort put in by Madhan to make it a perfect fit for the story would make his dad proud. Easily one of the best Kadal has to offer.

Moongil Thottam(Abhay Jodhpurkar, Harini)

The lyrics turning subtle once again marks the return of Vairamuthu at the helm. Soft once again, this time, he has romance to deliver and the singers do well to express themselves. Abhay and Harini share lines equally. The specialty, however, is seen in the form of the music and singers and the lyrics donít take up too much. However, they do keep emotions in check and ensure the song donít drift into a modern romantic number.

Nenjukulle(Shathisree Gopalan, A.R.Rahman)

Nenjukkulley that gets featured in the Kadal OST is quite different from the version we originally heard on the MTV Unplugged show. The playback version has systematic beats accompanying verses, which surprisingly make it sound very folky than before. A range of strings donít have any reason to hold back, and ARRís vocals in the interludes once again shows his capability to join the pieces of the puzzle. The piano of course is still prominent, but you wonít notice as much as you did when the track was unplugged.

"Kadal" is enjoyable, but isn't Rahman's best.You will surely remember VTV while listening to some tracks, but that's inevitable. Although the music is fresh, and very much defines rahman, it doesn't reach the expected level.

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