(***Before I start this post, I have a confession to make. My personal preference is to write தமிழ் in English as “T-H-A-M-A-I-Z-H”. I feel this is the most accurate way. But thanks to the British, this was one of the many Indian words that have been heavily anglicized and widely acceptable. So, in spite of my trying, every now and then, I slip and type T-A-M-I-L or I do it purposefully because of the audience or the context. ***)
In this information overload age with me constantly wired (figuratively speaking of course), I cannot recollect an experience like this in the recent past. For the first time, I was totally blown away by a music album about which I had not read anything till I actually listened to the album. I wasn’t even aware of such a movie being made (which is to say something because I follow all Tamil movie related news very closely with a mouse and a click). As is normal, I check out new music releases on Raaga periodically. I sample all the songs & if I like the album, I hang on to it till I either like it, fall in love with it or get over it. On Monday, I found this new album, which honestly in my mind registered as “Achu” at first. I was at the gym and listened to the entire album without skipping a single song , one by one till the end. When I had time again later that day, I remembered this experience from the morning and decided to listen to the album again. That’s when I learned that the movie is “Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakkathilaey (மாலைப் பொழுதின் மயக்கத்திலே)” and the music director is “Achu”.
The next day, I read a review of this album on milliblog. Now for starters, I follow milliblog for Kartik’s most objective reviews. Unpretentious and to the point. And also, his reviews are normally unadulterated by others’ opinions because he does his reviews as soon as an album is released (in most cases) and has always been the first one to review amongst all recognized reviewers that I am aware of. I was pleasantly surprised to read a 200 word review for this album (which per milliblog standards is the equivalent of getting 55+/100 on Ananda Vikatan movie review scale). And it was also here, where I learned that Achu, the music director of MPM had actually made his debut in a Telugu movie in 2008 (Nenu Meeku Telusa) and MPM is actually his second release.
Now, I can see you squirm in your seats waiting to ask me what exactly excited me in this album. Please be known that I am not going to do a song by song review of this album as that was not the purpose of this post. Rather I thought I would quickly share what impressed me the most.
- All 3 versions of “En Uyirae” are simply out of the world. Of course Karthik’s version is my personal favorite.
- “Yaen Indha” steals the show for its revolutionary and stereotype bending music. Would call it the “Aromale” of 2012. Brilliant fusion of melody and rock riffs. Rush meets Van Halen sort of rock.
- There is absolute freshness to the album. Freshness, which I can’t describe using my keyboard.
- I would also attribute the heavy influence of guitar that makes this album special. Guitar sounds have been used just right and they quite enhance the feel. Needless to say, Achu seems to use Piano sounds well too.
- The overall treatment to the album, in combination with some romantic lyrics which by themselves also stand out could have added to my experience.
Well, this was one of those rare experiences… which is why I decided to write about it while I have it fresh in my mind.
Go check it out. Listen to MPM if you can. Here’s hoping Achu has a great musical future.