Sometimes I think I made the right decision to stop pursuing a career in thamizh music.
Earlier, we had singers with bad diction, now we have singers who are tone deaf! I am now in serious doubt if the musicians are tone deaf and diction ignorant or if the audience is! I can't tolerate the fact that Yuvan Shankar and Simbhu boast of more hit songs this year than SP Balasubramaniam and Hariharan! Damn it - T.Rajender had a hit song! Even the promising Karthik had a mild 2006 and I'm scared that Naresh Iyer too will be replaced by someone who sings better "tameel".
The condition of female singers is no different - they said Asha's diction was better than Lata's, Sadhna's is better than Asha's, Shreya Ghoshal's is better than Sadhna's. It is heartwrenchingly pathetic to see thamizh audiences grow to accept mediocrity because it is better than horrible. Chitra - where are you - I want to marry you!
I know I shouldn't be measuring standards by Simbhu or Yuvan, but I feel a deep sense of angst when I hear people talk about Loosu Penne being the Best Song of 2006 (this song has spawned more than 20 fan club communities on Orkut with thousands of members). To me, Loosu Penne (the way Simbhu pronounces it) sounds like a pen for which the cap won't fit because it is broken.
And the extreme disservice Yuvan is rendering to music by singing, is unfathomable. I mean, how can a guy who promotes off-key singing even be a music director? But his music sells.
AR Rahman's voice grows on you, just like Ilayaraja's did, but I wish Rahman sang fewer songs. Especially, the Tere Bina number in Guru would have been so much better had Mani Ratnam stuck to Qadir Khan's version [reference link]. Directors and producers play an important role in determining who records the song in the film.
The four thamizh albums that left some impression in my mind from 2006 were: Vettayaadu ViLayaadu, Sillunnu Oru Kaadhal, Unakkum Enakkum, Parijatham.
Unakkum Enakkum, by far, was my favourite album of 2006. Probably the fact that I hadn't listened to the Telugu original helped. I liked every single song in the album. And 95% of it sounded like thamizh!!
Okay, I'm off now to work on my new song,
Pizza Topping Kannae"