Very few musicians are gifted with the ability to bring visuals right in front of us, with headphones on and eyes closed.
Try doing this for the first time while listening to the tracks of Kadal, and you’ll get vivid images of scores of people chanting, church bells tolling, elated fishermen in a boat bringing home their catch and whatnot.
Gospel music is very rare in Tamil cinema (Anbendra mazhaiyile was the closest one). But Adiye is rightfully one and you’ll find it so unique, thanks to Sid Sriram and the drums in particular.
Anbin Vaasale is a magical choir, one of Haricharan’s best till-date and the most addictive one of the album.
Chithirai Nila is a lullaby that grows into a energetic number and you can’t help getting reminded of his father, on listening to Vijay Yesudas in this.
Moongil Thottam and Nenjukulle sound similar yet the former is a mild duet, while the latter is the angst of a woman with powerful vocals by Shaktisree complemented by the rich lyrics of Vairamuthu.
Elay Keechan is that joyous boat-ride home and what better way to hear it than from ARR himself.
Magudi Magudi is perhaps the only song that seems a bit out-of-place but the pace will take it ashore.
At a time when every other musician is coming out with some of their best, the Oscar winner proves why he is a class apart.
Pick of the album - Anbin Vaasale