Maatraan music review

Directed by KV Anand
Produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram
Written by S.Pradeep SSN, Subha
Starring: Surya, Kajal Agarwal
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography S. Sounder Rajan
Editing by Anthony
Studio AGS Entertainment
Distributed by Eros International

Maatraan music – the killer combo holds on

KV Anand, Surya and Harris Jeyaraj are back in action with Maatraan. Having weaved magic before with Ayan and Ko, a lot of expectations were on the cards. The movie will feature Surya as twins (conjoined for a part). Hoping to see them make it big again, I started listening to the songs, each of which has a different lyricist working on the background. Once I was done, I wasn’t very surprised. If you are wise, you have guessed it already.

Rettai Kadhire – Krish, Balaji, Mili Nair, Sharmila

Lyrics: Na Muthukumar

Groovy beats, prominent chords and a lot of rapping put the opening song of the iMaatraan soundtrack right down Harris Jeyaraj‘s alley. As the beats continue to pump with a lot of added effects, Krish and Balaji share the spoils from this one. While the former takes the more melodious parts of the song, Balaji does a good job with the more club-like pieces in the song. The string piece before the second stanza stands out from the rest of the song. Not very different from Harris, especially he gets two singers to share the lead.

Female voices of Mili Nair and Sharmila handle raps, lyric-less hums and take care of the English lines, making the song slightly more modern than one might expect. Na Muthukumar’s lyrics are rather interesting for trying to cover the life of conjoined twins. Typical words for an opening number blended with some added freshness called to action by the situation. Easily the catchiest song of the album.

Kaal Mulaitha Poove – Javed Ali, Mahalakshmi Iyer

Lyrics: Madhan Karky

This song stands out from the rest for just one reason – it’s very unnatural blend of music and sort of foreign. I could see that it was reminiscent of ARR’s Sundari and Hawaa Hawaa and even “Pala Palakura” from Ayan. When the song proceeds in a pacy manner, interludes are a bit of contrast and slow.

Javed Ali reminds of the voice we heard in Sarvam‘s “Siragugal“. His odd pronunciations make the song less than pleasant, especially when he hits the high notes and sings too quickly for anybody’s liking. Mahalakshmi Iyer comes to rescue, but she doesn’t get enough time to save and turn things around. Madhan Karky‘s lyrics, which would have been wonderful otherwise, loses weightage because they are pieces that don’t fit into the puzzle. Overall, it does not strike a chord but is bearable (maybe a bit enjoyable) because of the beats.

Theeye Theeye – Franco, Sathyan, Aalap Raju, Charulatha Mani, Suchitra

Lyrics: Pa Vijay

Featuring a plethora of singers, “Theenda Theenda” finds a safe spot between club item song and subtle drink song. While normal listeners won’t be able to spot the difference, the additional voices help during chorus pieces and the points which demand a little more attention. It almost started like “Thoodhu Varuma” and continued in the pattern but the charanams were rather slow for an item song.

Charulatha Mani who sang “Chillax” comes up with another sexy rendition, with Suchitra backing her up now and then. Franco, Sathyan and Aalap are all smaller parts of a bigger picture and fall on the song’s grooves for support. Pa Vijay’s picturization are dark and call for secret desires, but suddenly get toned down a couple of degrees with a few lines. Interesting, groovy, but not a chartbuster.

Yaaro Yaaro – Karthik, Priya Himesh

Lyrics: Thaamarai

This one’s another song with very familiar tones that sound like 7am Arivu‘s “Yamma Yamma” and a very diluted version of “Anjala“. Piano chords and flute usages add some soul and ensure that it doesn’t go down the drain quickly. Karthik seems to have gotten used to singing top many sad love failure numbers these days. With nothing out of the ordinary, the interludes between the tracks are the only lines that bring your attention back (you are left straying).

Priya Himesh does some soft humming with the interludes, even as the folk beats continue to run. Meanwhile, you are left searching for the next button. Thamarai pens for this track, which is quite surprising after seeing her come up with fast-paced numbers for Harris before. I wonder where all the flare has gone.

Naan Koni – Vijay Prakash, Karthik, Shreya Ghoshal

Lyrics: Viveka

One of the better songs in the album, Naan Koni is refreshing after listening to the more typical Harris Jayaraj numbers. Guitar chords give company throughout and it has a sort of Spanish touch to it, just like Kaal Mulaitha Poove, only lesser. There seem to be two parts to the song, one each probably to be taken by the Surya twins. Vijay Prakash‘s buttery voice brings out the best in a track that has been heard of so many times.

Karthik takes over things in the second stanza and continues the flow. Shreya Ghoshal is as expressive as ever. This time, it’s Viveka writing, and its prominence is just about noticeable. I would have been more happy if I had seen something like Nanban‘s “Asku Lasku“, but you cannot expect top quality all the time and we are settling for something that isn’t so bad.

Overall, the soundtrack is just about anything we can expect from Harris Jeyaraj today. One cannot write it off, for they are not bad. But, people are getting used to listening to the same kind of music from Harris and he really needs to take things to another level if he wants to make a lasting impression (like he used to). The soundtrack is enjoyable, but just doesn’t make your heart skip a beat. Until the master decides to do something, we will be listening to good tracks that make you wonder where you have heard it before. But his means do guarantee more than adequate music when you are making a movie.

Rating – 3.5/5 – for sticking to the recipe and making the dish the right way

Verdict – Just holding on to the good recipes and not trying to cook anything else

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  1. The KV Anand-Surya-Harris Jayaraj combo, which had given chartbusters with films like Kakka Kakka, Ghajini, Vaaranam Aayiram, Ayan, Aadhavan, and 7aum Arivu, have teamed up for Maatraan again. Having given blockbusters like Ayan and Ko, let’s check out if the KV Anand and Harris Jayaraj combination will hit the hat-trick with Maattrraan.

    1. Rettai Kadire…
    Singers: Krish, Balaji, Mili, Sharmila
    Lyricist: Na Muthukumar

    This tune has been used as the BGM for the trailer and hence has managed to capture the attention of the music buffs instantly. This could be the montage song showing the growth of the conjoined twins Suriya. Lyricist Na Muthukumar has penned the lyrics depicting the different characteristics of both the Suriyas. For example: ‘Ivan vaarthai mazhaithuliyaaga… avan vaarthai saravediyaaga. Harris has included a baby’s cry as music, which is a different attempt. He has also used the usual husky voice and illegible English words in this composition.

    2. Nani Koni…
    Singer: Vijay Prakash, Karthik, Shreya Ghoshal
    Aditional Voice: Shekhinah Shawn Jazeel
    Lyricist: Viveka

    Can make-out instantly that this is one of Harris’ compositions. Vijay Prakash and Karthik’s rendition clearly reminds us of Suriya’s voice which is a major advantage. The lyrics penned by Viveka and rendered by Shreya Ghosal, particularly the lines ‘Koiyum kangal meiyum pesuma’ enamours us, no doubt. Shekhinah’s humming has been used very well. This could well turn out to be a chartbuster!

    3. Theeyae Theeyae…
    Singers: Franco, Aalaap Raju, Sathyan, Charulatha Mani, Suchitra
    Lyricist: Pa. Vijay

    This is a club song rendered by Aalaap Raji and Charulatha in a high-pitch. The music in the song overtakes the voice of the singers in certain places. Harris has tried out something new by including DJ mixing voice and belly dancers humming. Audiences could like this song with the visuals.

    4. Yaaro Yaaro…
    Singer: Karthik, Priya Hemesh
    Lyricist: Thamarai

    It has become a routine for Harris Jayaraj to include a solo melody by Karthik in his albums and this turns out to be a hit. For example: Anjaley, Vizhi Moodi, Mun Andhi Saalaiyil. This melody Yaaro Yaaro will also join this list.

    5. Kaal Mulaitha Poove…
    Singers: Javed Ali, Mahalakshmi Iyer
    Additional Voice: Nincy Vincent
    Lyricist: Madhan Karky

    Kaal Mulaitha Poove begins like ‘Husili fizili’ then slows down a bit to move on to a different genre to captivate the listeners. Though this song seems to be a remix of the songs from the 1960s, Harris has managed to make it sound very different. Madan Karky’s international words, usage of rare musical instruments, Javed Ali and Mahalakshmi Iyer’s fast paced rendition, Nancy Vincent’s humming make this song unique and different.

    Verdict: With the winning combination joining hands, there is certain to be a lot of expectations on his album. On hearing the songs for the first time, we can decipher that Harris has worked hard to meet this expectations. Harris has brought out the lyricists’ imagination and the singers’ voice very well. Maatraan could well turn out to be the best musical album of the year!

    Banner: AGS Entertainment
    Production: Kalpathi S.Aghoram
    Direction: KV Anand
    Star-casts: Surya, Kajal Agarwal, Sachin Khedekar, Thara, Ravi Prakash
    Music: Harris Jeyaraj

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