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Review: Avan Ivan's music is impressive

May 12, 2011 11:47 IST
A scene from Avan IvanPavithra Srinivasan reviews the Tamil album, Avan Ivan. Post YOUR reviews here!

Director Bala's latest film Avan Ivan has Arya, Vishal, Janani and Madhushalini in lead roles. The music is scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja, while Na Muthukumar has come up with the lyrics. Here's a look at the album:

Rasathi begins on an angsty note, as Haricharan picks up the vocal reigns, and there are faint strains of the classic Munpaniyaa -- but the song shifts direction soon. The lyrics are standard, colloquial fare but again, the score takes precedence here. The instrumental score is fascinating. An appealing number.

Dia Dia Dole, rendered by Suchithra, reminds you of Om Sivoham from Naan Kadavul. Impressive beats follow, to the accompaniment of a melodious nadhaswaram. An enthusiastic number.

It's not obvious right away, but there's a Malayalam twang to Oru Malayoram, sung by Vijay Yesudas, Baby Priyanka (her voice is particularly fluid and melodious), Baby Srinisha
and Baby Nithyashree. The first interlude, in fact, sounds a lot like the classic Mohanam varnam; a neat flute piece leads to the charanam. The lyrics are as soothing as the song itself. A gentle number.

There's an ominous feel as Mudhal Murai begins, dripping sorrow and desolation with every note. Vijay Prakash renders the sorrowful song, singing about death.

More ethnic beats, as the nayanam begins its folksy tune for Avanappathi, T L Maharajan and Sathyan take up the vocal reigns. And as in some of the numbers above, it's the rhythm that takes centre stage. And during the charanam, the tempo increases, making for an enthusiastic listen. The lyrics, particularly approaching the finale, are impressive: 'Picchaidhaan Eduthaalum, Perasanaalum Aanaalum, puzhuvukku Iraiyaavan verae Enna?' This one is a triumph of the instrumental score, again.

When it comes to Avan Ivan, it looks like Yuvan has voluntarily tried to move out of his comfort zone, given up on his template and experimented, particularly with the instrumental arrangement and most times, it works. Go for it.

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