If you asked me to name my favorite playback singer, the name that would pop out off the top of my head, despite being spoilt for choice, would be Shreya Goshal. There are very few things that I gush about more than her singing when I’m listening to one of her songs. That voice that makes the rest of the aspects of the song either pale in comparison or serve the sole purpose of elevating her singing to a whole new level – be it the music, or the interludes or the co-vocalists.
And then this song comes along and changes that for the first time. I knew that honey-voice to be hers, those little nuances could be only hers, also those tiny slips in Tamil pronunciation that I’ve always forgiven with a bias in her singing, while needlessly picking on the same when it came to the likes of Sadhana/Udit. But there was something far more compelling about the song that overshadowed her portions effortlessly. Limelight, get ready to embrace your next guest – Haricharan. The song is just him , through and through. First, that mind-blowing singing in Kaaviya Thalaivan(should do a separate post on that) and now this. It was his diction and clarity, the vocal emotion and the classy rendition that had me hooked to the song right away; not Shreya, not even ARR. Pookale sattru oyivedungal – first love of I.
The other songs in the album (with the exception of Ennodu nee irundaal which I’m pretty sure I’ll grow to like) hardly fit the appeal-on-first-listen bill. Merselaaiten has more or less been rejected outright – it carries too much of a Simbu flavor to even warrant more attention. Too early to comment on the other two songs.
For now, though, it is Haricharan, and Pookale settru oyivedungal …
Maya, have you listened to I yet ? 🙂