Recent Listens: A. R. Rahman (Part IV)

Yes, again!

Tu Koi Aur Hai (Tamasha) - The soundtrack as a whole is decidedly mixed-bag, but Tu Koi Aur Hai is something else altogether!

Anbe Anbe, Enna Solla Pogirai, Uppu Karuvadu - Where Hariharan and Shankar Mahadevan take the folk-imbued tunes to scintillating heights with their enthralling rendition.

Yaarumilla, Ay Hairathe - Beautiful and very retro, these ethereal melodies are stunning, aided brilliantly by Shweta Mohan, Hariharan and Alka Yagnik.

Barso Re (Guru) - The exuberance captured in this rain song cannot be described in words!

Mersalaayitten, Pookkalae Sattru Oyivedungal, Kadhal Anukkal - I am hooked to Mersalaayitten's catchy EDM all over again, especially that violin bit in the second interlude, while Shreya Ghoshal melts your heart with her saccharine-coated voice in Kadhal Anukkal and Pookkalae.

Omana Penne, Anbil Avan, Vinnathaandi Varuvaayaa, Kannukkul Kannai, Aaromale (Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa) - Pop music at its addictive best with tailor-made vocals from Benny Dayal. And yes, Kalyani Menon too!

Velli Malarae, Kadhal Kaditham (Jodi) - Rahman reuses his own tunes from Doli Saja Ke Rakhna but I feel they somehow sound better in Tamil. Perhaps it's that Janaki, SPB and Unni Menon factor.

Malargal Kaettaen, Arziyan, Kun Faaya Kun - There's something surreal and transportive when it comes to Rahman's devotional pieces, they are just out of the world!

Tum Tak (Raanjhanaa) - Javed Ali. Javed Ali. Javed Ali.

Mausam & Escape (Slumdog Millionaire) - A sitar instrumental that's at once captivating and frenetic.

Vellai Pookal (Kannathil Muthamittal) - Heartfelt and pensive, this guitary melody from Kannathil Muthamittal is beyond gorgeous.