- Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Sony Music
- ASIN: B0031SIIUC
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,087 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Will You Cross the Skies For Me / Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya (New Rahman Tamil CD)
New presentation out of the treasure of the legendary artist A.R. Rahman, this soundtrack is Rahman's first Tamil composition after the success of Oscar Winning Slumdog Millionaire. Combining 7 songs in some of the greatest voices like Benny Dayal, Shreya Ghoshal, A.R. Rahman himself and innumerable other singers, the album's lyrics are penned by Thamarai. The album features six songs in Tamil and Malayalam plus one theme track by composer A.R. Rahman himself.
As Rahman scores for the first time for a Gautham Menon film, the album was released on 19 December 2009 in London with several film personalities participating at the grand function. This was the first time that a Tamil movie audio release was held in London.
This CD is a sure buy for all Rahman fans. You just can't miss this one!
The songs have a completely different approach and do not follow any standard patterns. And that is exactly what gives the album a raw and exotic appeal. Overall, VTV as an album is a delight! It wouldn t do justice to describe music by mere words...especially that of Rahman. Listen to it, and let the music sink deep within your heart. --platform47.com
Being Rahman s first Tamil album after Oscar and the long awaited Gautham-Rahman album, Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya has raised the expectation levels amidst music lovers of all sorts. And now, the sound track consists of 7 numbers, uniquely different from each other, and Thamarai s immaculate lines continue to shine. --platform47.com
No other album has raised such high expectations or created quite this much frenzy among eager fans like Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya (Will You Cross the Skies for Me?) Though the wait for the album was long, Rahman dispatches tunes which are worth the wait and has tried to do something different and that which he hasn t done before. Though something in the lines of Minsara kanavu, Indian and Alaipayuthey would have guaranteed him a winner, he steps on to a different plane in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. --platform47.com
2. Anbil Avan (Devan Ekambaram, Chinmayi)
3. Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (Karthik)
4. Hosanna (Vijayprakash, Suzanne, Blaaze)
5. Kannukkul Kannai (Naresh Iyer)
6. Mannipaaya (A.R. Rahman, Shreya Ghoshal)
7. Aaoromale (Alphonse)
Top customer reviews
1) Omanna Penne:
Steady and soothing.....a composition that oozes with spiritualness and introspection. I love how AR juxtaposes the Western rhythms with the Carnatic raagas first by the female voice, and weaving throughout the stylistic Nadaswaram, whose roots are deeply Carnatic, but expressed so universally in this track. Wonderful singing by Benny and the Nadaswaram ending is surely a page from the Rehna Tu continuum outro. Nothing fancy in this composition, but the feeling left behind is extremely elevating and cleansing. Fantastic start. (8/10)
2) Anbil Avan:
ARR at his playful best. He must have had a lot of fun putting this track together. There is nothing heavy or mind blowing about this track, but what makes it work for me is the joyful innocence in the melody and the very interesting sonic arrangements using a Shehnai type sound juxtaposed with a church organ sound. The musical interlude that has this also has some very nice, quick chord progressions that defy banality. The melody sticks easy and would be a fun song to dance with. (7/10)
3) Vinnathaandi Varuvaayaa:
Wow......what a minimalistic impact! Minimalistic impact is something that I have been missing from Rahman's oeuvre in recent films, but here it is, in its full glory and form. Using a minimalistic sound template for a title song is quite bold and outside the box, but boy does it work for me!!! The acoustic strings (guitar? harp?) along with vibes and small bells create such a unique, peaceful ambiance in this song that transports me into a dreamlike world. The song structure is very unconventional for an Indian film song. Beautiful string additions in the mid section only add depth to amazing vocals, chords, and heartfelt emotions in this gem, but likely to be underrated track. Delicate, subtle, dreamy, ambient, soft, restrained, soothing, warming.....I can go on and on..... Again, a track doesn't have to be complex and adventuresome to be powerful....this is the genius of AR....he can create such a powerful ambiance using minimal quantity. (8/10)
There is no other composer in India who can arrange better than AR. In this song, many of AR's strengths are showcased.....sound structure, layered, thick, yet uncluttered arrangements, symphonic textures, haunting melody, soothing ambiance. The sound layers are so clean and crisp....that beautiful strumming acoustic guitar is so nice!!! Also worthy of mention is the high toned Scottish flavored flute and the subtle mandolin rhythms in sync with the main rhythms, punctuated by the pulsating string sections. The female choir with the angelic expression is one of the most beautiful choir sounds I've heard. This song sticks to you and won't let go. A complete masterpiece IMO that is one of the best songs that ARR has composed in recent years. (9/10)
5) Kunnukkul Kannai
Another playful techno oriented track with some pleasing electronic arrangements. The unique feature of this track for me are the string quartet type rhythmic accents throughout the give this youth song a very Western classical feel. Relatively simple by composition and sound, but again, a nice dance number with good melody. Rahman not living up to his standards on this one? Well, that's up to you to decide, but it's an enjoyable one for me, though If I had to pick my least favorite in this soundtrack, it's this one. (7/10)
I was looking forward to this song ever since I knew Shreya and AR would be singing it, a romantic duet. The song has everything I could hope for in a romantic duet....breathtaking melody, beautiful soundscapes, sophisticated arrangements, gentle ambiance, subtle symphonic artistry. I love the piano backdrop and so many of the symphonic instruments can be heard in isolation...oboe, clarinet, tympani, flute, etc. A very subtle masterpiece in my opinion, that can only be appreciated by those with a certain musical sensitivity and emotional open-ness, and of course, who like mushy romantic numbers! The whole song has a very theatrical feel. The melody is quite drawn out with long contours, so it's not a song that's easily melodically remembered the first time go, but certainly sticks with you with repeated exposure. Strengths of this track...mood, delicate arrangements, subtle artistry, certain melodic sections, innocence, sincerity. One of the album's highlights for sure and I hope it's picturized well (9/10)
Wow.....just wow!!! AR takes a page from the Pink Floyd era, but nothing here is lifted or copied. Sensual, stylistic, clean acoustic guitar playing along with passionate and mind blowing vocals by Alphonse make this track simply mind blowing. What is so unique about this song is again, minimalistic impact with sound, instruments, but also chordal architecture.......there are only 2 alternating chords being used in the entire song!! Can you believe it? The chorus part which begins with the Malyali "Swasti Swasti" harks on raaga Bageshree to create a magical effect....imagine...juxtaposing a 2 chord bluesy guitar riff with a raaga based melody.....only AR....only AR.... The added percussion increasing the tempo only adds to the intensity to this path breaking and out of the box track. And man, what an ending...the way the vocals fade out......oh man!!!! The ambiance created is just out of this world....it leaves me stunned, mesmerized, in awe. (10/10)!!!
General highlights of this album include minimalistic impact, originality, very sophisticated and classy arrangements, incredibly strong ambiance and sound quality, and soothing influence. I don't think anyone will be complaining about sound issues in this album like we saw for Blue, as ARR I think paid a lot more attention to that aspect this time around, perhaps keeping our "Blue" feedback in mind??? The soundtrack also has a wide range of styles, sounds, musical forms that keep you interested. Because of the highly international, situational, and unconventional nature of the songs, these will only be appreciated most with time, post movie visuals, and by those who are most open minded about music in general. Those who only like the antara-mukhda type film songs will find the listening experience to be awkward and just too esoteric. Also, except for the first track with carnatic raagas, most of the rest of the album is void of obvious ethnic Indian sounds/styles/forms, consistent with the international and more universal musical approach. This again, may be a turn off to some. Like all new ARR albums, esp. ones like this that have some unconventional and new elements, it will take time to grow.
My overall rating....9/10. A distinct highlight of ARR's career...one of the very finest musical packages you will find anywhere in the world today, not because of its complexity, wizardry, or dynamics, but for sincerity, ambiance, mood, minimalism, unconventionality, novelty, originality, subtlety, and overall spiritualism. A nice instrumental track addition would have made this album perfect for me.
I expected more from the lyricist Thamarai though. Slightly disappointing!
Each song is brilliantly written and very well engineered. There are multiple layers within each song with its own progression and the combined results are nothing short of pure genius. This album blends indian and western sounds in a manner only Mr Rahman can blend.
I have been a fan of Mr Rahman right from him 1st album (Roja). He has always enticed with fanastic music. This album is unique and engaging.
Do yourselves a favor. Go get this CD before they are out of stock.
I wish Rahman sang more songs...his voice is awesome....he has a profound voice with emotion in it for the song mannipaya.
Karthik is distinct.. he seems to have become Rahman's work horse singer.
Go buy it.
The score for this movie is not another 'Roja' to be sure. That being said, it is a great album nonetheless. One of the hallmarks of a Rahman composition is its ability to grow on you, and this album is as good an example as any of this distinctive trait. One difference between this album and many others in his past seems to be a conscious decision to have a global reach. Rahman is a firm believer that music crosses all boundaries, and that is reflected here. Be it the very sprightly and inspiring "Hosanna" or the incredible Blues-style "Aaromale" (easily my pick of the album), the music is truly global - there aren't too many indigenous instruments, raaga-based compositions or even the traditional 'Pallavi-Anupallavi-Charanam' format that is ubiquitous in Indian music.
My verdict - a sure buy for a pleasant listen. This is not Rahman's best work, but that makes it no less awesome.
Most recent customer reviews
Buy this, you wont be disappointed.