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  SOK – Music review by and for dummies!!
Even before I start writing this review, let me declare with all certainty that I am a hardcore dummy as far as music is concerned. Let me also state that I am one of the millions who think that it’s a privilege to be born in a country that has given birth to a musical genius, Allah Rakha Rahman.

With a strong thought of encouraging each of its visitors to write about and review music, Behindwoods.com has come up with this new concept of ‘Music reviews by and for the dummies’.
I feel proud to be the first one to contribute. Hope everyone who feels passionate about music does chip in with their contributions.
The first thing that I heard in the album was a mesmerizing music, something which I was listening for the very first time. I kept wondering what instrument was making such music, is it a natural one or is it one of those huge electronic gadgets that Rahman is so instantly identified by. I wanted to rewind to the start and listen to the music all over again, but the angelic voice of Shreya Ghosal kept me going on, and then I realized how stupid I would have been if I had gone to the beginning as its now the new melody kid, Naresh Iyer who is welding the megaphone. The combination is heavenly. The God’s music, the messengers’ voice and the pleasantly interlacing background chorus were a treat to my ears. Yeah, yeah, I am talking about Munbe va, easily one of Rahman’s master pieces. By now I had listened to the song three times and I am still pondering over the music instrument. Is it Santur, Sitar, Rabab or the Tarang, someone help me out!!!

Just for the sake of curiosity, has he played this tune earlier in any of his live shows???

I have read that the wizard starts with the central tune of the song and then keeps on adding these ‘Rahman’s elements of magic’ (REMs) to it till he gets satisfied. He keeps working on the song over a period of time adding and removing REMs at will. I think these REMs are the ones that strongly keep his music away from sticking on to our memory and force us to listen to it again and again till the tunes sink into us. How does he manage to create such tunes out of thin air?!!
Finally, I move on to the next clip, New York nagaram, with lots of expectation and with bated breath. The song does a perfect job of continuing the good work of Munbe va. The tune is definitely something new to Indian cinema. It’s refreshing, mellifluous and soothing. For someone who was sitting in a room all alone, it stuck the chord straight away. Rahman has got into this mode of grabbing the songs he feels very passionate about, for himself. The musician in him every time overshadows the excellent singer he is.
Surya & Boomika
The ease with which he renders those high pitches will make any singer turn green. A song completely dominated by the guitar has its REMs too. The excellent chorus peeping out constantly, the key board coming into play after a while and the haunting sounds in the background add the vintage Rahman touch to the song. But the most interesting aspect of the song would be the subtle cop sirens added in the background, typical of the great New York City. Continued on next page >>
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