Bang bang is obviously Raju Bhai’s intro song – high on hero worship, and barely functional. Ek do teen, despite the desperate attempt at singing by Suriya, works purely because of Yuvan’s catchy backgrounds and the simple, addictive tune. The reverse happens in Kadhal aasai – fantastic sufi-style melody, but Yuvan’s singing is atrociously bad till Sooraj manages to even things out. Oru kan jaadai has a lovely rock groove, and along with Yuvan’s innovative tune, Benny and Swetha deliver it well! Sirippu en joins Yuvan’s other songs like Kodanu kodi – just passable. An uneven commercial soundtrack by Yuvan.
Keywords: Anjan, Anjaan, Yuvan Shankar Raja
Mama Obama is truly a world song – multiple languages, and the lady announces that she’s a porn star in bed (besides being in your bed on Sundays)… poor Obama! Naan naanaga illai is a complete turn-around by debutant Balamurali Balu – pretty engaging, soft melody sung well by Haricharan and Chinmayi, and some imaginative interludes. Oru CD 30 roobai gets its lyrics right, espousing on the ills of piracy, though the tune is functional at best. The more flashy trailer version of the same song sounds a lot more inventive! Some hope for this debutant, thanks to Naan naanaga.
Keywords: Thagadu Thagadu, Balamurali Balu
Vaaimaiye vellum pulls off its pulsating sound well, but for a tune that is at best something that plays in the background when the titles roll over. Alka Yagnik’s Tamil coach (if there was one) deserves a rap in the knuckles for Kanpadum; even the passable melody becomes a chore. Sadhana Sargam pulls it off better with a similar pathos tune, and with better Tamil, in Boomiye. Blaaze wails through Matta, leaving Vijay Prakash to aimlessly move through the bizarre song. Vairamuthu’s powerful lyrics stand out in Ae naadu, as much as SPB’s dependably good vocals! Patchy debut by Auggath.
Keywords: Vaaimai, Auggath
The title song is a pleasant, catchy power qawali sung with the perfect verve by Javed Ali and Sunidhi – lovely listen! Mannat starts off dreamily, but eventually – and disappointingly – moves on to Sanjay Leela Bhansali territory, thereby diluting the impact completely. Rangreli, despite the energetic sound, is outdated 90s music. Ditto with Jaadu tone walliyan, that, beyond the pulsating sound, sags with sheer pointlessness. But Shayarana closes the soundtrack on a high with its imaginative rock’ish qawali mix, though Shalmali seems to be trying a bit too hard with her fangled vocals. Sajid-Wajid get two songs right!
Keywords: Daawat-e-ishq, Sajid-Wajid
Johnny Johnny is insanely catchy and with such intoxicating lyrics that it may just be banned in Gujarat! Priya is particularly fantastic with the female vocals! Veerey di wedding treads on similar territory, and gets at least the hook bang-on! Tera naam doon is breezy enough melody and sung well by Atif and Shalmali, but the staid rhythm pulls down some charm off it. Its shorter, Atif-solo variant is even less impactful. Sachin-Jigar recycle their passably fun Rowdy Fellows from D For Dopidi in Teri mahima – fun while it lasts, thanks to Anushka and Udit. Johnny offers solo entertainment!
Keywords: Entertainment, It’s Entertainment, Sachin-Jigar
Bossu bossu‘s evocative wonder about news and newspaper seems like an odd subject to be endowed with that alluring jazz sound – the contrast is interesting! Anthony Dasan owns the song like only he can. Poo pola sounds like an amateur college band’s first single, while Penne penne too barely makes a mark with its languorous pace. The instrumentals are all over the place. Yaaruda machan does surprise, with its Anandhabhairavi’ish (?) tune, though the lyrical flow is rather awkward for such a lovely raaga usage. P.C.Shivan’s debut is not a washout, but the promise is just a sliver… not pronounced.
Keywords: Thottaal Thodarum, P.C.Shivan
Sumke sumke has a predictable tune, but Arjun packages it well, while Bitbutu is every a bit of Arjun template that is so recognisable – Vijay Prakash can deliver such songs in his sleep… catchy in a frivolous way! Band baja wears its hero-intro badge quite obviously and sounds utterly pointless. Mari byadave is Karthik’s show all the way – breezy, but way too familiar for comfort. The soundtrack’s highlight is the Maand raga based Joru joru that Arjun adorns with a lovely dandiya rhythm; well sung by Rajesh Krishnan and Archana Ravi. What da Arjun, do something new, man!
Keywords: Nee Naadenaa, Arjun Janya
Santhanam carries Aara amara impressively – more than being in tune, he brings his dialog swagger to completely own the song! Idhuvarai yarum falls into the intriguingly catchy Malaysian Tamil rap style – the rap portions are layered well on the tune, sung well by Rahul Nambiar and Chinmayi. Kaima kaisa sees Vijay Antony reusing his Mayamalava Gowlai-kuthu template from Yuvan Yuvathy’s Kola kuthu, but with less impact! Saroja Devi (and its other version, Thoongum pennae) is both poorly sung and awkwardly tuned. The theme is a lovely Latino mix, however. Barring the first two songs, this Nambiar is middling.
Keywords: Nambiar, Vijay Antony
Mikey mcCleary adds interesting layers to Gimme Pizza, mixing rap, reggae and sitar to a funky, frenetic coherence! The acoustic version of Saurabh Kalsi’s Tum chal diye is gorgeous – breezy guitar mixed with Arjun Kanungo’s endearing vocals. The reprise expands on the song’s musicscape significantly, to an interesting, Mohit Suri’ish effect! Shamir Tandon’s Haddiwali mundi throws in grunge and the occasional dub-step to a curious combo – Ahan Shah carries it admirably. Gaurav Godkhindi and Ramon Ibrahim’s Theher ja ends the soundtrack in a somber jazzy note – Aparna Dauria is fantastic with her singing. Pretty neat multi-composer soundtrack!
Keywords: Pizza 3D, Mikey McCleary, Saurabh Kalsi, Shamir Tandon, Gaurav Godkhindi, Ramon Ibrahim
Pesadhe is vintage Yuvan – a lovely melody orchestrated with the necessary chutzpah and inventiveness, but with a more generous rock dosage than usual; fabulously sung by Hariharasudhan and Pooja! Ennodu vaa is passable kuthu, with a keen ear for the pulsating percussion. Moodu panikkul is truly interesting, recalling Jean Michel Jarre’s electronic music sensibility, but with an engaging, Yuvan’ish tune! The sweeping and minimal sound of Deivam enbadhenna is a dramatic contrast, in comparison – simple, endearing melody, sung well by SPB Charan and Haricharan, respectively. After sorry soundtracks like Vanavarayan Vallavarayan and Arrambam… Yuvan gets his groove back!
Keywords: Yuvan Shankar Raja, Thirudan Police