The 1st fortnight of February had a lot to look forward to, with singles from star films, ‘Soorarai Pottru’ and ‘Master’ lined up, apart from Valentine’s day. Here’s a look at how it all panned out.
Kadhal Kozhappudhey – Oh My Kadavule – Leon James – Sony Music South
Leon James closes out this films soundtrack wonderfully with another song that hits all the right notes. ‘Kadhaippoma’, ‘Friendship Anthem’ & ‘Ennada Life Idhu’ are already sitting pretty on the charts. Here he builds the rock sound wonderfully and Sanjeev T with the vocals is superb! Ko Sesha’s lyrics complement the track well, especially the addictive title hook!
Rating – 8/10
Veyyon Silli – Soorarai Pottru – G.V.Prakash Kumar – Sony Music South
Harish Sivaramakrishnan’s powerful vocals propel this snappy composition that gains beautifully from the ‘En Usurula’ reprise and the Madurai dialect laden lyrics by Vivek. Vivek puts together some lovely lines on top of the excellent wordplay. I especially loved the ‘Oi’. The uncredited percussions and rhythms deserve mention. From the looks of it, this song should garner more popularity with the picturization.
Rating – 9/10
Kutti Story – Master – Anirudh Ravichander – Sony Music South
This is the tried and tested ‘Kolaveri’ template but this time with Vijay behind the mic. The catchy track works mainly for the Vijay-ism’s, with the lyrics by Arunraja Kamaraj tailored to suit his image. The imaginative music video deserves mention and should work well with the fan base.
Rating – 7/10
Gaandu Kannamma – Independent Release – Vivek-Mervin – Sony Music South
Firstly, the 1st word in the title has nothing to do with the very popular abuse in Hindi :). In Tamil (without extending the last syllable, i.e.), it refers to getting slightly angry or irritated. So the title is in reference to the beloved who is crossed.
Moving on to the song, this one is a steady breezy number in tune with the valentine’s day demands and has fun lyrics by Ku Karthik.
Rating – 6/10
Aasai Thathumbucha – Independent Release – Justin Prabhakaran – Think Music India
Directed by Nelson Venkatesan, whose ‘Monster’ was one of the films of the year for me, this is another valentine’s day offering. Sung by Teejay Arunasalam (who played Dhanush’s older son in ‘Asuran’) and starring Indhuja, the song has sedate rhythms and Teejay holds the tune together well. The accent with which he sings the title reprise is addictive once you get used to it and along with the ‘Thikku thikku’ piece lingers.
Rating – 7/10
Sila Naal – Titanic – Nivas K Prasanna – Think Music India
Abhay Jodhpurkar sounds a lot like Hariharan when he sings the swara portions in the 2nd interlude. But to take nothing away from him, it is his splendid singing that is the highlight of this track. The semi-classical composition itself is a sweet melody backed by steady rhythms and ambient arrangements, that tip a hat to the ‘Isai Puyal’.
Rating – 8/10
I wish the makers made a cover version of this track with Hariharan. Should be wonderful!
Apart from the above, ‘8 Mani Bus Su Kulla’ from Oththaikku Oththa, sung by Diwakar and composed by Justin Prabhakaran is a fun track and a good listen.
That rounds up a rather eventful fortnight for Tamil music that saw a steady stream of releases. But barring a couple of the tracks, the rest pass muster, despite the valentine’s day buzz, which is disappointing.