ARR, Mani Ratnam and Vairamuthu one of THE best combo is back. And, Maniratnam is back to making romantic movies and I am expecting nothing less than an Alaipayuthey.
Kara Aatakara - I was very much looking forward to this track after hearing a glimpse in teaser and trailer, but I must say I'm disappointed. I didn't expect this track to be like this, a rap, dominated by Aaryan Dinesh. But those two lines kara aatakara kathurikene which comes repeatedly is enough to hear this song a few more times. That's ARR for you expect the unexpected. Let me see whether I get to like this as usual like his other songs after hearing it several listens.
Aye Sinamikka - Breezy, romantic, plain and bliss. Karthick as usual top-notch, instantly likeable. Just waiting to see the romance unfold on screen, one minute teaser reminded me of Kadhal Sadugudu.
Parandhu Sella Va - The female singer Shasha, sounds like Chinmayi and she's wonderful. Definitely one of the best in this album. Just another day at the office for Karthick here. And, yes this makes you fly and instantly addictive material doesn't need repeated listens to like this.
Mental Manadhil - Both versions were instantly catchy and the lyrics were just like his movie’s dialogues Mani writes in one words. Always get a feeling that this song gets over too soon before my mind registers it.
Malargal Keten - Song with a strong Carnatic touch, totally different from other songs. And, Chitra chechi’s voice never gets old, too good. Beautiful tabla or some other instrument which travels throughout the song and has some flute as well. And, Vairamuthu sir’s fantastic lyrics makes this one of the best in this album. ARR can't resist himself from joining Chitra towards the end and I can hear the claps in the studio once the song was over.
Naane Varugiren - Just like the previous song Shasha completely owns this song. The way she sings that “naan nehh” is simply superb. After hearing this a few times, this has become my favorite in this album. All credits to Shasha’s voice, who may feature regularly in ARR’s album now on. And, a good debut for Satyaprakash as well.
Theera Ulaa - Unconventional, different attempt once again from the master. Is it a melody or not, totally unpredictable. Music goes in a different tempo and when the female singer joins she sings in a different tempo. But, foot tapping nevertheless.
Maula Wa Sallim - A prayer, sung by ARR’s son is short and sweet.
Overall a much much much better album than Lingaa and even Ai or I must say ARR's back to his usual standard. As usual this combo never disappoints and always gives different variety of songs. This album will be on loop for many days for sure. And singer Shasha totally owns this album. Maniratnam should make more and more movies.
My Favorites (As of now) - Naane Varugiren, Aye Sinamika, Parandhu Sella va, Malargal Keten.
Oh Kadhal Kanmai - 4.0/5.0