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Friday, October 12, 2012

Thuppakki by Harris Jayaraj - LONGEST audio/music review : Gun doesn't quite fire!


1. This one's probably the longest & most-detailed audio review of Thuppakki you would've seen.

2. This one's coming from a Harris devotee - so please don't be surprised if you see a bit of bias in here. But just like in my audio review of Maatraan, I've tried my best to be unbiased here.

3. For those who read my posts often, you know the drill. For the others, I tend to write a lot of random nonsense, before getting to the review ...as well as during the review :D So, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK !!



As for the ARRtards who're about to read this review for comedy, please find excuses & reasons to explain the music of Jab Tak Hai Jaan first :P ...naah, not the usual "Rahman's music takes time to grow on you" crap...Let me help you a bit - one excuse I've been seeing is "Rahman didn't have much of a say ..it looks like Yash Chopra has dictated terms" ...you can try using that one :P....

Okay, having said that ...let it not look like I'm anti-ARR..I'm, in fact, a huge fan of ARR too.....I'm not anti-anyone, for that matter...I just can't understand it when people trash Harris just for the heck of it....but point out an instance of reuse by ARR and they run in all directions looking for answers...If there's no answer they can find, they just laugh at such findings ( this happened with one of my blog posts too, where I've talked about the selective abusing of Harris...I'm pretty sure those ARRtards are gonna laugh at this post too - they have all of 2 pastimes in this world - one, ARR-glorifying..the other - Harris bashing - this, despite an appeal from ARR not to indulge in such embarrassing things :D - only goes to show what respect these ARRtards have for their boss' statements :P Case closed !! )...

The sad part is, reviewing itself is quite flawed these days ..we HARDLY EVER find reviews that are neutral ....forget fan reviews - these days, competition between music directors has become a matter of competition between actors' fan groups ...

You will have Ajith fans and Simbu fans glorifying Yuvan no matter how trashy the album is ....( not to say Yuvan isn't good ...he's brilliant, at times ) ... .Similarly, you'll also have Surya fans extolling Harris always ....As for Vijay fans, well ...they leave me speechless and amused :D ...they shower abuses on Harris for his music for Maatraan ...& so contrastingly glorify him for his music in Thuppakki ...and for those who didn't like the music of Thuppakki say, "Vijay fans kku yaaru music pottaalum parava illai ...the music for Vijay anna's films will always be hit!"...there you go !! That's what music reviews by fans have become these days

As for reviewers, well ...increasingly, more and more reviewers are falling into the "bait" of being appreciated by readers - it's very easy to fall into ...all you've gotta do is, slam a Harris album, mentioning that he is repetitive ( ALWAYS ! )...extol an AR Rahman album...call him a genius...defend his bad songs as "he's tried something different...good experimentation" ....As for Yuvan albums, you can appreciate his orchestration and slam his singing ( even though it's not always the case - Neethaane is awesome! ) & get away with it.....Do all this, you will be branded an AMAZING reviewer ...More reviewers these days, are saying what people want to hear ...and hardly anyone says what they truly feel !! Nothing like frankness to make you hated, nothing like diplomacy to keep you loved !!

It's not an easy job, I agree ...Nevertheless, like I've said earlier, even though I'm a Harris devotee, I've tried my best to be neutral here ...It's you people who are the judges of how neutral I've actually been :) Anyways, being a huge ARR fan too, like most Harris fans are, I too, was a tad disappointed with ARR's songs in Jab Tak Hai Jaan....not a set which you'd expect from a huge combo with Yash Chopra ...Somewhere, something has gone wrong ...and yeah, I'm sure Rahman will bounce back...I'm waiting, with all excitement, for Kadal....I wouldn't go all around the town mocking him for it :) ...

THUPPAKKI AUDIO / MUSIC / SONGS REVIEW- 3.5 / 5

So yeah, let's come to Thuppakki - A film with Vijay, directed by Murugadoss - now, that itself is enough to raise expectations to monstrosity. A hugely successful commercial director, directing Tamil Cinema's biggest "mass" star after Rajinikanth ...Fever is the result ...With such a monumental combination ...+ given the fact that the Murugadoss-Harris combination too, is one to look forward to, thanks to Ghajini & 7am Arivu ( though not as successful & close to being called a dud, I did like Yellai Lama & Mun Andhi ). Also, another aspect is that this is the 2nd combo of Harris and Vijay, after Nanban which was a success ( might've not been the phenomenon one would've expected, but still, it was a success ).

So yes, here is Harris Jayaraj, Kollywood's CURRENT #1 ( success-wise & for me, music-wise :P - I told you, I'm a devotee :D & there may be instances of bias, like this one ), confronted with a task nothing short of Herculian in all directions, just like how it would've been, for him in Nanban. What does he do? How does he fare?

Like in the case of Nanban, the pressure has finally gotten to him and gotten the better of him. It clearly shows. His performance in this album is, sorry to say, just average. I say this, even as a Harris devotee. To be honest, I thought Maatraan was really good - it had something for everyone i.e the regular Harris fare for Harris fans and out-of-the-box stuff like Theeye Theeye & Kaal Mulaitha Poove for the majority whining that Harris is incapable of variety. In Nanban, I found "Heartiley Battery" & "Irukkaana" to be average. But the rest of them were good stuff indeed.

In Thuppakki, we have an unusual number of 7 songs - most Harris albums have 5. So let's get to them :-

1. Kutti Puli Kootam ( 2 / 5 ) -

Okay...this has got to be the biggest disappointment of the album. With such a frenzied following like Vijay's, one expects nothing less than a power-packed, punch-packed intro song. But Harris takes the "Ellapughazhum" route in this one - relying solely on tablas for the rhythm. Now, in Ellapughazhum, you had ARR's vocals taking care of all the majesty & power that was needed in the song. Whereas in this one, Hariharan croons it like some random sing-along song with hardly any energy - this is more like a song you'd want to listen to when you wake up and you're having your breakfast - DEFINITELY NOT something which makes you release months and months of pent up excitement.

I seriously didn't feel like listening to this one more than twice. Harris' intro songs in almost all his recent films have been lackluster...Except for Rettai Kadhire & En Friend aa Pola yaaru machan, may be, nothing else has had ANY energy or punch in recent times. I mean, look at his intro songs in the past - Uyirin Uyire, Karka Karka, Tirunelveli Alwa, Thotta power da, Yethi Yethi....TOP NOTCH !!!! ..Heck, even the intro songs from flops like "Collegukku povom", "Ukkadathu" & "Aaradi kaathe" were good !! Oru Mugamo too !!!...Even "Kadhulu kadhulu" from Munna was good !!

But take a look at all his recent intros - "Pala pala" ..well, this is okay to a certain extent ...I wouldn't term it as bad ...but Damakku Damakku, Aga naga ( for all its hype, it was a catastrophe! ), Oh Ringa Ringa ...were all plain bad !!! Kutti Puli Kootam just adds to the list ....Believe me, I'm not joking when I say this - even the intro song of Veerasamy has more energy and power in it ...than these !!!

Harris has noticeably shown reluctance to do "kuthu" songs in recent times ...except for "Anjala" & "Venaam machan" ...we've HARDLY seen ANY kuthu songs from him, of late ....but not having one in a Vijay movie ..is nothing short of a criminal offence IMO !!! This is a lesson for both ARR and Harris - One doesn't HAVE to stay away from Kuthu songs to prove himself as a "class" music director ...Rather, kuthu is one of those genres that has more "Indianness" in it than most other genres ...Composing likeable kuthu songs also requires a skill - it's not the rhythm alone that matters...If it were the beat alone which mattered, songs of Vijayakanth's movies would've become a rage in tinseltown !! So, at least, I, for one, urge Harris and ARR to do more Kuthu as well ...Vidyasagar was one music director who struck a PERFECT balance - he used to give brilliant kuthu numbers as well as the sweetest of melodies, in his prime ....

So, like Saamy, here is Thuppakki - a PERFECT turf for Harris to exhibit his kuthu skills by composing a sensational, purely punch-packed, mass-packed intro like Thirunelveli Alwa ....but, SADLY, we end up having a lackluster intro ...Even if this is supposed to be a class, gangster movie ...it could've done with a song like "My name is Billa" ( Yuvan's version ) ..or "Vethaleya Potendi" ( Yuvan's version ) ...again, a koothu song without a touch of nativity ...but an awesome techno orchestration, which doesn't give you a feel that it is set in a local vegetable market....This one isn't even average, but a bad song by Harris IMO ..just like Oh Ringa Ringa ...Even as a Harris devotee, the very thought of listening to these songs makes me cringe ...A big lesson to learn for Harris, this...

Coming to the song in itself, the song begins with some Hindi....which makes way for the Ellapughazhum beat....soon enters Hariharan...the "Kutti puli kootam" line reminded me of Himesh Reshammiya's "Bardaasht nahin kar sakta" from "Humraaz"....Then it soon tries to be like the title track of Rang De Basanti with all the "Ding ding" mumbling ....The lyrics are very bad...some of them make absolutely no sense....( mumbai wala ? 1000 wala ? sixer-wala? sala sala? Is this Viveka or T. Rajendar ?? )

The way the charanam begins reminds me of the charanam in "En Frienda pola yaaru machan" ( probably because of the chords ), also like a condensed version of "Kanna kalanga vekkum figure vendaam thaan" from "Venaam machan" (OKOK) ...and the way it ends ( 4th line ) sounds like "Irunthum illayaa irukkiren" from "Thee illai" ( Engeyum Kadhal ).....

Overall, this song is more light, has no punch ...is apt for a situation like the "Veppamaram" situation in Saamy ...DEFINITELY NOT INTRO SONG MATERIAL !! Positives - good use of the metal guitars & nadaswaram in the second interlude ...That's seriously all I can think of !! :(


2. Google Google - 4.5 / 5

This song is the pick of the album, UNDOUBTEDLY !! This song has got what it takes to delight every Vijay fan ...as well as every music lover as well !! An absolutely unbelievable number by Harris - God knows where he managed to pull out something like this from ...This song was THE MOST LOOKED FORWARD TO song by everyone ...and it had every reason to be so - Illaya Thalapathi returning behind the microphone after 7 years + the fact that it was revealed to be a club song ....

For this one, Harris has exceeded expectations ...This is one song which adds MOST substance to this album ...This is song is BRILLIANT ....Harris has gone the Yuvan way here - this song is DOMINATED by all sorts of techno sounds...it is an AMAZING experiment by Harris ...NEVER IN ANY HARRIS SONG UNTIL NOW, have we seen SUCH EXTRAORDINARY experimentation !!

The starting itself begins with an analog sequencer kinda sound ...a bit of rap is thrown in ..which then leads to THE BEST PART OF THE SONG - The electronically distorted chord transition ( G# m -> A# M , assuming C-scale ) ...I really dunno how to describe this !!! It is a sound which no one has EVER HEARD in a Harris song until now !!! ...and as far as I'm concerned ...I've never heard it in any others' songs too !!! I might've only heard something similar in Yogi B's and other Malaysian rappers' songs ....For me, this is the peak, the pinnacle of the song - this very sound is a slap on the face to those who say Harris is incapable of composing anything fresh ...This very part of the song is a stamp of Harris' potential - that he CAN stun you ...that he CAN produce some unbelievable stuff ...At this very point, the song stamps itself as a very different, highly experimental song !!! :)

Then begins the thumping beat with brass sounds in a Gangnam style fashion. Andrea's powerful voice begins to scream out Madhan Karky's very apt lyrics, with ONLY the analog-synth rhythm and the beat for company. Normally, in all Harris songs, you have a synth background running throughout the song, RIGHT FROM THE VERY FIRST LINE ...But it's different in this case - there's HARDLY ANY synth in the song except at the point when Vijay enters and that too, it is broken, just like how it was in Manasa from Munna....Variety again, Good thinking by Harris !!

More brass sounds add on to the song, as Andrea sings "Meet my meet my boyfriend"....There's a huge brass build-up for Vijay...& he begins to unveil his magic here - he's sung it extremely well...his voice has perfectly suited this song !!! More analog sounds enter in the first interlude ..followed by a Veena bit ...leading to the first charanam ..which is more like a rap portion...but with SUPER-AWESOME VIOLIN backing ...the violin tune in the background is just brilliant !! This makes sure that the rap portion isn't just plain jibber-jabber ...but an ACTUAL piece of music !!

The second interlude has a lot of UNBELIEVABLE SCREECHY sounds ...like the sound which comes when you scratch a scratch-card :D ....I'm expecting that this part has been included so that Vijay can perform some kickass dance moves ...because it comes just after the rapper says Vijay on the floor ...This, again, is another answer to those who say that Harris must come up with new sounds ....People might say "what is the nonsense doing in the song?" but the same people, I'm pretty sure would've appreciated this as "novelty" and "experimentation" if it were an ARR song :P

My favorite distorted chord sound wraps this ABSOLUTE CRACKER of a song ...One of the best-EVER songs by Harris ...SURE to be one of THE BIGGEST HITS of the year !!! ...I'm bound to be addicted to this one for at least a month !! :D

The ONLY reasons I'm not giving this song a total 5 are -
  • The tune - the "Google Google" tune is like a compressed version of the "Uyire uyire enakke" part of "Adada Oru Devathai" from OKOK....
  • The chorus - Meet my boyfriend / girlfriend ...reminds one of the "yekke yekke ye yekke" gibberish part of "Heartiley Battery" from Nanban ...
  • The rap in the second interlude is not impressive ...
  • Vijay's pronunciation of some English words i.e. esp. the "meet my girlfriend...hot and spicy girlfriend" - not too stylish !!!
On another day, I wouldn't have praised this song so much ...but THE VERY FACT that Harris has put in A LOT of effort to COME OUT of his comfort zone and add TRUCKLOADS of experimental layers to this ...makes me ignore the drawbacks and give it 4.5 !!!!

A SKY-ROCKETING WINNER ALL THE WAY !! :) :)

3. Antarctica - 3 / 5

This is another average song from Harris ...This one is a rare song from Harris, where the orchestration is REALLY good ..but the tune is a big letdown !! Usually, it's the other way round ...

The usage of different kinds of guitars in this one, in itself, adds to the freshness of the song ...this song could've become a chartbuster had it boasted of an engaging tune as well ....This is one of Vijay Prakash's bad songs ...

The song unfortunately sounds awfully similar to "Hello Ramante" from "Orange" and "Kadhalikkum" from "Chellame" ...at least in terms of overall feel ...ESPECIALLY in the "Nishaaaa" lines ...

The "Adi penne yen" part too, we've heard the tune a lot of times in Harris' previous songs ...the "hee yehi yay yay" interlude of "Un Siripinil" from PKMC ..for one...

The charanam begins in a way similar to the "Na na na na na na ...naa naaa" humming of "Oyaayiye" & the "Kannil Ival Kanini" line of "Honey honey" ..both from Ayan ...In the charanam, we have Krish making his entry to sing in his trademark Harris Jayaraj zone ...very high-pitch ..mildly giving you a feel that you would've got when you heard the "Vannam veru vaanam veru" part of "Rettai Kadhire" from Maatraan...

Sadly, tune-wise ..there is HARDLY ANYTHING remarkable which I can mention about the song ....But I give this song 3 because of the wonderfully fresh orchestration - very very different instruments used...we need more of this from Harris !! The tune unfortunately is pretty weak and not engaging ...it plays spoilsport here ...which is why I take away 2 stars ...

You might like it more with repeated listening ....In fact, as I'm writing this, I'm listening to it for the 3rd time ..and I feel like giving it 3.25 :P ....but I'll stick to my temporarily unbiased stand ...and fix it at 3 / 5 :) ....Lyrics by Madhan Karky are good ...

4. Poi Varava - 4 /5

In ANY Harris album, the Karthik song is ALWAYS looked forward to eagerly ...After a SLIGHT letdown in "Yaaro yaaro" from "Maatraan", the combo is back in this one, with a BEAUTIFUL number ....

When Harris wants to take a break from minor-chord-based melodies on synth....he turns to his favorite acoustic guitar ..to produce a major chord based brilliant, feel-good number ...Mudhal Naal Indru, Kadhal Konjam, Chilipiga ..to name a few ...Mun Andhi was another major-chord based, feel-good number ...with Karthik ..but without guitars ...

The sad part is ...even THIS has become predictable i.e. the fact that when Harris wants to break away from minor chords ..he does these kinda numbers ...That's the LONE reason why I take away one star from this BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL number ....It begins with Chinmayi's humming ...which is found at many parts later on...

The turnoff, unfortunately appears at Karthik's first line itself -"Mellai vidai kodu maname" ...sounds awfully a lot like the "Ehe penne penne" part of "Mun Andhi" from "7am Arivu"....SAME CHORDS, SIMILAR TUNE, SAME SINGER...Forget music-lovers ...soon, things like this might piss even Harris fans off !! :( ......The way the line ends reminds me of the way the Chilipiga line ends ...These are 2 of the major turn-offs in the song ... ....Chinmayi's humming which follows ...is stunning !!!!

2 more turn-offs in the song ...

"Nanban Mugam Nenjil Nadandhu Pogum" line = "Ennodu vaa ..veedu varaikkum" of "Nenjukkul Peidhidum" from "Vaaranam Aayiram" ...

"Kadhal Thendral Kooda Kadandhu Pogum" line = "Yedho ondru ..enna eerka" from the same song ....
 The rest of the stanza is fine ... "Aayiram" onwards ...it's an awesome song !! :)

These apart, this is ANOTHER MASTERPIECE ....Awesome lyrics too !!
The first interlude is brilliant ...with heavy trumpets which sound mesmerizing ....So yeah , except for the 4 repetitive turnoffs which I mentioned, this one's bound to be an everlasting one from Harris ...as well as another feather in Karthik's cap ...The song just gets more and more mesmerizing and alluring by the second !! :) ...It's really hard to not like it :) ....

It's a little too slow-paced though, especially for an action movie...I only hope that it doesn't drastically stop the pace of the movie ...and serve as a song where people go on loo breaks...

So yeah ...The song, overall has got an INCREDIBLE feel ..which is why I give it 4 ...I remove 1 star simply because of the tune reuse...

5. Alaikka Laikka - 2 / 5 

Okay ..It looks like Harris seems to be making it a compulsory rule to have at least one gibberish number in each of his album ....and frankly, despite me being a Harris devotee, it has begun to annoy me !!

It all started with Hasili Fisili in Aadhavan ...It was something unique then ..it was really good !! But as soon as it became a rule, the charm began to fade away ...and it has now reached a boiling point ....

Ammali Thummali is one of the worst songs I've heard of Harris ..in recent times ...very amateurish attempt.....It worked again in Yellai Lama for me - AWESOME song !!
Then came OKOK - Akila akila ..well, not a gibberish song ...but the tune was highly annoying !! In Maatraan, we have Nani Koni - again, not a bad song ...but the simple overdose of songs like these kinda annoyed people ...Nani Koni thankfully had a good tune and voices to save itself ....

So yes, this one's  another in the long list ...Unfortunately, this one turns out to be a damp squib...It is a pretty irritating song ...The starting "Aaha aaha" sounds like the "ounzi ounzi" starting of "No Problem" from "love birds" ....The synth which follows reminds one of a part in The Undertaker's theme music ( it's difficult to explain which part, on blog ) ...Then begins a "Humko tumse pyaar hai"-like beat ...with rock guitars....

The song begins and leads to the lines "Sana sana oh sana" ....which just puts me off to the hilt ....It is plain irritating, when even after 12 years in his career as a music director, Harris uses this tune ...."Sana sana oh sana" is a rehash of "Nee megham thaandi vaarai" part of "Nani Koni" ...this small tune part has been used in many of his songs - "Un paarvai padum dhooram" part of "Nenje nenje" ( Ayan )... "Chuduvadhillai" part of "Mudhal Mudhalai" ( Lesa Lesa ) ...the earliest one going back right up to Minnale - Ivan Yaaro ..here's where the root lies - Try singing "Ivan Yaaro" slowly ...then sing "Nee Megham thaandi vaarai"...then sing "Sana sana oh sana" ...

A similar tune follows in the endings of the first few lines of the charanam too ...I just turned off the song at this point, when I first heard it !! I couldn't take it anymore !! It is things like these in Harris songs which piss people off...or, at least, piss me off !!

I'm pissed because, though I can defend Harris' UNFAIR targeting by pointing out instances of reuse by other music directors ...I still cannot deny the fact that Harris does it !! That's what pains me, as a Harris devotee ...
Anyway, this is just like Antartica in the fact that it has VERY different orchestration by Harris...but the highly stale tune just turns people off !! Even Sayonara Philip's ultra-powerful vocals fail to undo the annoyance induced in one ..by the song ....The 2nd interlude is a MILD rehash of an interlude bit in Uyirin Uyire and Nenje nenje ...and what is the "laku buku saka" doing there ?? It just makes the already annoying song more annoying !!

I give this song 2 stars mainly because of the fresh orchestration ...else, I would've given it 1 or 1.5....The ONLY positives are the orchestration and Sayonara's high-decibel vocals ...I didn't like the lyrics a great deal

6. Vennilave ( 4.5 / 5 ) 

Songs like these are the ones which make me still want to worship Harris in spite of all his reuse ...Songs like these are the ones which make me proud to be a Harris devotee :) ...

This one's melody at its best !!! This is what Harris does best :) :) ...An absolutely BRILLIANT song ...for the first time since Nenjil Nenjil Idho Idho ...we're getting to see a melody from Harris with A LOT of Indianness in it ...it doesn't look like a slow western number with Tamil lyrics, like most Harris songs usually do....

It starts off with Hindi lyrics...with bits of violin inserted here and there ....before Hariharan begins the proceedings ..with a ghatam-like classical percussion....and another classical violin bit breaking the lines.....Then comes ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF THE SONG - The build-up to Bombay Jayshree's entry ...Classical guitar joins her vocals ..to provide an AMAZING effect !! :) Small, yet HUGE things like these are why I just can't stop ADORING Harris !! :) ....A HIGHLY surprising aspect of this song - NO SYNTH AT ALL until the charanams !! :) ...again, it all adds to the variety & Indianness of this song....The flute in the first interlude is another winner !! 

To the best of my knowledge, I can't recollect this tune being reused from any other ...The 2nd interlude is THE BEST PART OF THE SONG, UNDOUBTEDLY - An extraordinary combination of flute & guitars ...which we've previously seen only in an interlude in Jiya Jale from Dil Se ...It is extra-ordinary things like these which Harris fans CRAVE for !!!! :) A COMPLETE WINNER !!

I CANNOT think of ANY drawback in this song ...but I cut half of a star ...simply because the classical instruments used in this song ...left me asking for more !!! At the end of the song, I kinda felt unsatisfied with the extent to which classical instruments were used in this one ...I felt they could've been used more, as they were adding so much beauty to the song ...I felt that the mridangam could've been given more prominence !! Good lyrics though !

I will be addicted to this one for a LONG time :) ...This one and Google Google are like life-support for this album ..take them out ...and this album will be a flop !!

7. Jagdish on mission / Theme - 4 / 5

Finally, after AGES, we have a theme music included as a part of the album ..I think the last such album of Harris with a theme was Thotti Jaya ...am I correct ? Please correct me if I'm wrong ...

This theme is another winner all the way !! The way it starts seems irregular ...you really cannot make out the thaalam of the music unless the beat starts ....the music which plays at the beginning along with the rhythm ..sounds very Yuvan-esque ...Can't believe that this is composed by Harris :) ...VERY DIFFERENT INDEED !!!

At 1.10 is where we hit familiar ground - where you make out that it is a Harris composition :) ...It is like another compressed version of the "Enakke Theriyaveche" part from "Adada Oru Devathai" ...with an analog synth sound ..but yeah, this is THE BEST part of the song according to me :) ...BRILLIANT !!! :) ...Just a stamp of class !!!

Then comes a distortion guitar with a beginning like an extended version of that of Adiye Kolluthey ...but then it moves at lightning speed ...AN ABSOLUTELY RACY piece of music ...PERFECT for a high-octane, action thriller !! :) Harris has done a theme after AGES ...and he's proved that he's right there in the top layer, with Yuvan ..when it comes to themes :) ...

I give 4 only because he's capable of better ones :) ....Remember the background scores of Vettaiyadu Vilayaadu and Kaaka kaaka? :)

But for a Vijay movie, this is MIGHTY HUGE & RICH !!! :) ...

So yeah, we're done ...4 good songs & 3 bad songs ...
The thing is, the 4 good songs are SO good :) ..that it SLIGHTLY removes away your disappointment over the other 3 :) ...

But still, this is an AVERAGE album from Harris ...Of late, since Vaaranam Aayiram, we've been having albums of Harris that are NOT clean sweeps - half of the songs that are AWESOME ...and the other half are duds ...Engeyum Kadhal is probably an exception.....But still, he's the ONLY one in Kollywood to have been CONSISTENTLY delivering very good music :) ..also, they've ALL been successes.....and that's a reason for me to be proud !! :)

Now, coming to the part which pains me the most - Reuse....Harris is REALLY, REALLY wearing out ..& needs to RE-INVENT himself BADLY !! I hope this album is like an alarm call to signal that !!

1. First and foremost, let me get to the most irritating part of Harris songs - he BADLY, BADLY needs to stop using his favorite Cm->Gm, Gm->Cm ( assuming C-scale ) progression in his songs ..AT LEAST FOR A WHILE ...Reuse of this particular progression ALMOST ALWAYS leads to reuse of a previous tune as well !! 

2. He needs to use a different set of instruments ...He's already doing that, in Maatraan & this one ..The difference in orchestration is QUITE EVIDENT ...But still, he can do things A LOT more differently ...He's made good progress in this area with these 2 albums ...Hope it continues !! :) ...As a devotee, I CRAVE for songs which sound more Indian - like Nenjil Nenjil Idho idho, Ragasiya Kanavugal, Idhudhaana etc etc ...I don't know if Harris knows it or not - but he is an ABSOLUTE MASTERCLASS in such songs ..I wish he does more, even if it means he's out of his comfort zone ...

3. He needs to change his singers - His standard set of singers are another reason for his monotonicity ...I wish he does more songs with people like Shankar Mahadevan..SPB..Srinivas..Unni Menon..Chitra..Sujatha...Harish Raghavendra..Tippu..Harini....etc ...using Karthik, Krish,Vijay Prakash, Javed Ali, Aalaap Raju etc ..has made Harris LARGELY predictable & monotonous ....

OR ..if he's using Hariharan ..he should at least allow him to add his own aalaaps & swaras and add SOME variety that way !! AR Rahman has ALMOST ALWAYS done that with his singers !!!

4. PLEASE, no more gibberish songs for a while at least ...they have become ANNOYING, to say the least ..

 @Harris fans - I'm sorry if you found me a bit strongly critical in this post ...but I honestly believe the best way a fan can show his loyalty to his idol is by being a honest admirer / critic ...instead of jalra adchifying all the time !! Especially the instances of me pointing out reuse, you might say I overdid it ...yeah, I may have, but trust me, it's all in good intention, that he avoids such things in future ...besides, I really can't help it ..I'm THAT MUCH of a Harris addict that it is difficult for me not to realize such things in his songs :D....

All albums are hits, but quality-wise ..Harris is definitely on a slow decline ....It is really time he takes a break ...and reinvents himself ...and comes back stronger !! 

I've BADLY pinned my hopes on Irandam Ulagam - Hope it is the album which would silence all his critics, including myself !!

I'm pretty sure no one would've read this post :P ...except ARRtards who would've perhaps had a good laugh !! Hope you guys found this funnier than the reviews that tore the album apart !

If anyone else has read this post until this line....thank you for your enormous patience !! :)
Cheers,
Ashwin.







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3 comments:

Mahendran jaganathan said...

Thanks for sharing information

testyuser22 said...

The Vennilave song beat is the slow-mo version of "etho ondru" from lesa lesa and "azhage azhage" from OKOK. he has reused/recycled this beat in many songs...

Ashwin S Kumar said...

Disagree ..Vennilave is nothing like Etho Ondru...or Azhage azhage in terms of tune...

Re-using of beats is okay ...Who doesn't re-use beats?!

Malargale Malargale from Love Birds & Akada from Indian?? Yaakkai Thiri from Aayutha Ezhutthu and Irumbile from Endhiran?
Idha pathi pesuvengala?

Doing songs without re-using beats is impossible ...I'm only against re-using of tunes....