any situation arises that
there is no Ilayaraja , I will stop directing
films" this was what Balumahendra's open statement
in a cinema fucntion. Raja's music was part and parcel
of every Balumahendra's films. After nearly 6 years, Balumahendra
strikes back with his new project "Julie Ganapathy"
which again has Ilaiyaraja's score. Though being a thriller
movie, there are 6 songs and Balumahendra knows very well where
to stuff in the songs in the apt situations. From the trailors,
its clear that Balumahendra still sticks to his own style of picturising
songs.The album opens with
the golden voice of K.J.Yesudas singing "Minmini paarvaigal",
a signature note of Raja. Written by Karunanidhi, the song
has mind boggling guitar and flute pieces which are sure to captivate
your ears. Balumahendra- Ilayaraja- K.J.Yesudas combo has given
a lot of unforgettable compositions before and this is sure to
be another feather in their cap. Though K.J.Y. sounds tired
and old at places, "Old is gold".
Next comes the
pick of the album, "Enakku piditha paadal" by Shreya
Goshal. If Raja likes a singer, he sticks to them for all his
forthcoming albums. S.Janaki was his favourite singer and used to
give her a song in every album
and then he moved to Sadhana sargam and now Shreya has
replaced SS it seems. Compared to Sadhana, Shreya's tamil
pronunctiation is good and her voice is irresistible. This
song has Na. Muthukumar's beautiful lyrics and will get into the
listener on first hearing itself and it will take some time to
leave the heart. In this song one gets the chance of listening to
"pazhaya' raja's music.
Kaaka" a variety song by Anitha with some childish lyrics
lunatic character.Palani Bharathi has penned the lyrics and there's
nothing to comment on the lyrics. This song set in children's
nursery rhymes' style will surely make the audience go out for
Shreya Goshal again croons
"Idhayame" a melodious and emotional song written by Mu.
the girl feels for her parted lover. It has some complex
and enjoyable compositions which can only be handled by Raja.
piditha paadal" song again features with slightly modified
charanam and in Vijay Yesudas's voice. He sounds fresh and his
voice greatly resembles his father's voice in early films. Then
comes the "Pon meni" kind of song "Thanni konjam"
by Prasanna who was introduced by Yuvan shankar raja in "April
Maathathil". This erotic song has lyrics by Muthulingam and
there's nothing much to say about this song.
Overall this is a vintage Ilaiyaraja
album which is surely a treasure for Raja's fans and it may
not be a chartbuster since the filmcast lacks star value and it
solely depends on the film's box office record. The quality of
recording is fair and it's time Raja changes his sound engineers.