Heavy Rotation: Deva, S. A. Rajkumar, Shravan & More

I am back in full nostalgia mode, thanks to Shaan Rahman who brought back Unni Menon in Jacobinte Swargarajyam!

Aaru Paranju (Berny-Ignatius, Pulival Kalyanam) - P. Jayachandran's voice is like nectar to the ears, and when Chithra joins the mix, the result can only be summed up as magic!

Aavanipponnoonjal Aadikkam, Oru Kathilola (Berny-Ignatius) - Splendorous semi-classical melodies, flawlessly rendered by M. G. Sreekumar and Sujatha.

Edho Oru Paatu, Kadhal Vennila, Oru Devathai, Mookuthi Muthazhaghu, Iruvathu Kodi, Thoda Thodu Enavae Vanavil, Ooh Vandhadhu Penna, Yen Kannadi Thoppukullay, Rosappu Chinna Rosappu, Enakoru Snegidhi, Rasa Rasa (S. A. Rajkumar) - Hariharan, phew!

Innisai Paadivarum, Kaatrukku Thudivittu, Pallangkuzhiyin (S. A. Rajkumar) - Where Unnikrishnan and Harini nail the sweet melodies with their stellar vocals.

Kaadhal Enna Kannamoochi (S. A. Rajkumar, Aval Varuvala) - SPB complements this soft lilting melody like only he can.

Kannoramai Kathai, Kavvinchake O Prema, Naa Pranama Suswagatam (S. A. Rajkumar) - I am unsure as to what's the better version. If SPB and Chithra rock the former, SPB-soundalike Rajesh Krishnan and Sujatha bring their A game to Kavvinchake...

Pillo O Pillo (Beat Mix) (Shravan, Savitri) - Shravan's Savitri is an aural treat for percussion lovers, but what I didn't expect was Pillo O Pillo getting an addictive synthy, beat-driven remix that brings to mind Sinhalese artist Ranidu Lankage's Ahankara Nagare.

Enna Vilaiyazhagae, Daandiyaa Aattamumaada, Mainave Mainave, Ennai Thalattum - While Rhythm's Nadhiye Nadhiye remains my all-time favourite Unni Menon song, these compositions from A. R. Rahman, S. A. Rajkumar and Sirpy are no slouches either.

Boochade Boochade, Cinema Choopista Mava (S. Thaman) - Is it really Shreya Ghoshal in Boochade? I'm having a hard time believing it. She aces the racy Edward Maya-like pulsating techno rocker, and Thaman, for his part, does damn well too!

Kalangal (S. Thaman, Thadaiyara Thaakka) - A very soulful melody, with pretty arrangements and superb singing by Javed Ali and Chinmayi.

Mazhaiye Mazhaiye, Saaral En, Tharai Erangiya (S. Thaman, Eeram) - One word to describe this Thaman soundtrack: Gorgeous.

Bale Bale Magadivoy (Mickey J. Meyer, Maro Charitra) - Shweta Pandit's whispery vocals adds to the charm in Mickey Meyer's infectious take on the late M. S. Viswanathan's original tune.

Ninnindale (Mano Murthy, Milana) - Beautifully tuned and mellifluous, Sonu Nigam takes the romantic ballad to a whole new level.

Manam Virumbuthey, Pulveli Pulveli, Meenamma Athikalayilum, Enthan Uyire, July Malargalae, Priya Priya, Kanave Kalaiyadhe, Unai Ninaithu Naan Enai, Maligayae Maligaiyae (Deva) - Deva is perhaps best known for popularising the gaana genre in Tamil, but one listen to these fantastic melodies would make you think otherwise!

Kadhala Kadhala, Aval Varuvala, Semmeena, Nagumo, Oodha Oodha, Un Per Solla, Chinna Chinna Kiliye, Mudhan Mudhalil, Vaanam Tharaiyil, Hey Keechu Kiliye, Vannanilavae Vannanilavae, Velinattu Kaatru, Taj Mahale, En Jannal (Deva) - Hariharan again, but this time with Deva, and I love every single one of them. But it bears noting at this point that Hey Keechu... is a straight rip-off of Dr. Alban's Enemies from his 1997 album I Believe, right down to the beat.

En Maaman (Deva, Iraniyan) - Definitely a riff off Rahman's Kuchi Kuchi, but the lovely folk tune hits the sweet spot with Swarnalatha's excellent vocals.

Kaadhal Kaadhal Kaadhal, Yaar Indha Devathai, Aalps Malaikkaattru, Meena Ponnu, Ragasiyamanathu (Sirpy) - Where S.P.B., Chithra, Hariharan, Mano, Sujatha, Harish Raghavendra and Harini take the romantic melodies to unreachable heights with their unmatched singing!

Malare Oru Varthai (Siva, Poomagal Oorvalam) - Hariharan and Sujatha's vocals are the easy highlight of this euphonious melody.

Thuli Thuliyaai Kottum Mazhai, Thirudiya Idhayathai Thiruppi, Thirumba Thirumba, Yeh Asaindhaadum (Bharani, Paarvai Ondre Podhume) - Bharani had a short-lived career as a composer in the early 2000s, but no one can forget the musical sensation that was Paarvai Ondre Podhume. Packing in soothing melodies and captivating harmonies, the soundtrack is impeccably produced and catchy as the clap.

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