Sunday January 10, 2010
Music review: Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (Tamil – A R Rahman)
Benny Dayal’s vocal contortions reach a Whitney Houston’ish level in Omana penne, a lyrically-challenged, plain-by-Rahman-standards tune. Chinmayi and Devan’s vocal interplay works beautifully in Anbil avan, while Vinnaithaandi varuvaayaa seems like a tantalizing ode to George Michael’s Older! Hosanna carries an uneasy Yuvraaj hangover, but delivers the goods, while Mannippaaya gets all sappy on forgiveness. The soundtrack gets its high from Naresh Iyer’s Kannukkul, which sees Rahman’s groovy sounds at work; and Aaromale – an intriguing track where Alphonse makes Malayalam sound like broodingly rich world music! Gautam’s fish-out-of-bowl state shows as he grapples with Rahman’s divergently different melodic palette.
Keywords: A R Rahman, A.R.Rahman, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, Simbu, Silambarasan, Trisha