5. Usure Pogudhey (Raavanan)
MD: AR Rahman
Some songs creep into your heart. They could go out anytime too. But some songs begin from heart only. what do you say about them? They are very territorial. They just wouldn’t go away. And you are intoxicated forever. Usure Pogudhey sets the ambience dark at the first drumstroke and as the drums roll further, it only gets darker. Aesthetic temptation – Did Manirathnam, by any chance, say that to Rahman as a premise to composing the song? Because, the song’s opening sights and sounds are the standing proof for that. “Akkini Pazham endru therinjirundhum adikadi naaku thudikudhadi” – Vairamuthu’s succint lines as such tell the story of antagonist’s growing desires for the forbidden fruit. And this is truly a great performance by Karthik, whose absorbing singing is the lifeblood of this masterpiece.
4. Onnukonnu (Nandhalala)
Singers: KJ Yesudhas
Simple, soothing and profound; this song removes all the clutter from your mind and lets your spirit wander in complete harmony. Just close your eyes, and play it. You don’t have to consume the music. This music will consume you.
A Maestro melody!
3. Suthuthe Suthuthe (Paiya)
MD: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Singers: Karthik, Sunitha Sarathy
Oh, I am a fan of Karthik. His respect for the language and meticulous intonations set him apart from the league of upcoming current generation singers. Harish Raghavendra is another gem of a singer but very choosy with this songs. Suthuthe Suthuthe is quite easily the best and most underrated track from Paiyaa. This surpasses other songs for its elusive power. It breezes all over you, teases you with its lazy charm, and then vanishes without a trace. All you’d do then is keep chasing it. I’ve never had enough of this track. Music, singing, lyrics – everything in perfect balance. Karthik, you have a truly gifted voice.
Gotta love this!!
2. Pookal Pookum Tharunam (Madrasapattinam)
MD: GV Prakash Kumar
Singers: Harini, Roopkumar Rathod, Andrea
Pookal Pookum is too sweet to consume. You just gotta stop listening to this sometime. I’ve tried and failed. Will you try too?
I always fall for songs with Hindustani flavor. Somehow, Tamil verses sound divine with hindustani ragas. The first time I heard this song on radio, I was reminded of Vidyasagar’s hypnotic track “Vaarai En Thozhiye” from Arasiyal, sung by Shubha Mudgal. Many songs of that kind come to my mind – Aagaya Venilaave, Ilayaraja’s timeless classic. They carry the shine, don’t they? And this song is no exception.
Pookal Pookum is the perfect duet of the year with the lead voices (Roopkumar Rathod and Harini) alternating between them every line. Lyrics are sumptuous. And my favorite is,
“Enna uravu idhu edhuvum puriyavillai
Irundha podhum nee enadhe”.