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Kannathil Muthamittal — A. R. Rahman (Tips, Rs. 50)

In Mani Ratnam's films, a characteristic feature of the song sequences is the overpowering presence of Nature... the serene Dal lake and the changing hues of the seasons in "Pacchai Niramae" or the silent grandeur of the Himalyas in "Oru Vellai Mazhai" or the lush green vales in "Putham Pudhu bhoomi". And the songs stand out thanks to Rahman's melodies. That combination promises to recreate magic once again in "Kannathil... "

The opening track "Vellai Pookal" is probably one of Rahman's best vocals. He is soft and subdued. The combination of the guitar and flute and superb lyrics by Vairamuthu lifts the number to a ballad.

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The accordion adds an old world charm to the dance number "Sundari" (Hariharan, Sujatha, Srinivasamurthy). But it is the peppy byla-tinged "Signore Signore" (a host of singers) that promises to be a hit. The title track, that has shades of Miyan ki Malhar, is haunting and hummable. "Vidai Kodu", sung by M. S. Vishwanathan and others, however might work better after watching the film. — very good

Goddess In The Doorway — Mick Jagger (Virgin, Rs. 135)

Carlos Santana, on his comeback album, created the formula for 50-plus rockers — collaborate with younger artistes, draw a little from the contemporary sound, but at the same time retain your originality.

Mick Jagger does just that in "Goddess In... ". The younger artistes include Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Wyclef Jean and Lenny Kravitz. But what's interesting is the collaboration with veterans U2's Bono and Pete Townsend of The Who on "Joy", a gospel-laced rock track that stands out.

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Other highlights include the pop-influenced title track and the ballads "Too Far Gone" and "Brand New Set Of Rules", the latter which incidentally features Jagger's daughters, Elizabeth and Georgia, on the backing vocals.

Lyrically, Jagger seems to be moving away from the built-up images normally associated with The Stones' numbers, and brings in a more personal touch than ever before. The man who once sang about not being satisfied now seems to be content to croon "God Gave me Everything".

This album is a more powerful collection of songs than any of The Stones' recent albums. — very good.

America: A Tribute to Heroes — Various Artistes (Sony, Rs. 125)

It was a special telethon to raise funds for the victims of the September 11 attack. The performances capture the mood, which was one of shock and defiance.

Featured are legends Bruce "the Boss" Springsteen, U2, Billy Joel, Wyclef Jean and other artistes such as Celine Dion, Limp Bizkit, Alicia Keys, Sheryl Crow, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Dave Matthews and Enrique Iglesias. — good.


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