Siddhu Warrier, Sep 12 Mon, 12 Sep 2005
Chennai, Sep 12 (IANS) If ancient Rome had its triumvirate, modern-day Tamil music industry has its musical trio. The first of them, Ilayaraja, has spread his wings far and wide and today mesmerises audiences across the globe. The second, A.R. Rahman, was an Ilayaraja acolyte with his own international audiences and appeal.
The third had risen over the years from being his famous father's not-so-famous son to being placed third in the musical rankings. Yuvan Shankar Raja, however, has now come out with "Kanda Naal Mudhal", an album that may place him right below the maestro himself.
The first track, "Kanda Naal Mudhal", sets the album off on a ripping start. It hits the spot as accurately as a Glen McGrath delivery. Or, shall we say that Yuvan gauges the pulse of the listener as well as Warne has understood the English batsmen?
The song has a strong Carnatic tinge. The only gripe that anyone can have with it is that Subiksha's vocals just fail to do justice to it.
The next two tracks, "Pani Thuli" and "Erimalai Naane", are reminiscent of the timeless melodies that his illustrious father once mesmerized the masses with. And thankfully, this time around, K.K. Shreya Ghoshal and the indisputably talented Shankar Mahadevan have done a great job.
Yuvan continues the good work with "Merke Merke", a melodious duet that will definitely remain in this reviewer's memory for a long time.
Yuvan has proven repeatedly that he is a master of melody - some of his songs are even more melodious than Rahman's. But, with the last track in the album, "Pushing it Hard", he proves that he can get his listeners grooving to some slick hip-hop with equal ease.
Move over, Harris Jayaraj, Yuvan's arrived!