Harris Jayaraj had already scored an hat-trick with K.V. Anand (Ko, Ayan, and Maattrraan) and let’s see what he got in store this time around.
Danga Maari Oodhari –Dhanush, Marana Gana Viji, Naveen Madhav
The ‘Kuthu’ genre is one of the weakest weapons in Harris Jayaraj’s arsenal, but he has written off that complaint by delivering an extreme foot tapping North Madras’ish Gana with the help of Dhanush & Marana Gana Viji. The song opens up with the trumpets followed by Nadhaswaram in the first half and Harris tones down the excitement in the interlude, only to offer a more electrifying experience. An instant Chartbuster material.
Roja Kadale – Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Chinmayi
It is good to see composers going back to Shankar Mahadevan and he delivered a spirited performance once again. Shankar hasn’t dissected the beautiful verses written by Vairamuthu and gets the pronunciation right for words like, ‘Neervaarkuzhale’ &‘Sevvel Vizhiye’ speaks volume about his prowess over the language. The ‘Tabla’ in the background, combined with Harris’s multi-layered composition will keep you occupied for a while before jumping to the next track.
Aathadi Aathadi – Bhavatharini, Tippu, Dhanush, Abhay Jodhpur
No experiments, no over the top orchestrations; just a simple tune conveys the love between the lead pair and sounds beautiful on the ears. It is Bhavatharanini’s vocals stands out from the group and others do accompany her effectively to round off a neat melody.
YOLO – Shail Hada, N.S.K. Ramya, Richard, MC Vickey, Eden
Harris’s penchant for experiments is quite evident throughout the song. The idea of roping in C.S. Amudhan (Director of Tamil Padam), who is known for his witty remarks in social networking sites is unique and he effectively made use of the most popular slang in the internet world, YOLO, as the key word in this track. The usage of the Caribbean beats clubbed with ‘YOLO’ chorus provides a weekend feel right away.
Thodu Vanam – Hariharan, Shakthishree Gopalan
How can there not be a song with the repeated churns of catchy verses with the chorus in a Harris Jayaraj album? Well, here it is! Harris got the knack of delivering an instantly likeable melody which rules the playlist for a long time, and this track could well end up serving that purpose. Both the singers did a prolific job to elevate the excellent tune. Watch out for the interlude between 02.57-0.3.37.
Deivangal Ingae – Sriram Parthasarathy
The album comes to an end with one more Harris’ish melody, but, this time, lyricist Kabilan Vairamuthu shines with his verses like, ‘Maamalai inge, ‘manichigai’ inge, manjal sindhum veyil enge’.’Manichigai’ is a flower, quoted by Kabilar in sangam literature, finds its way once again in modern literature. Sriram Parthasarathy, who rose to fame with ‘Ananda Yazhinai’ has made a stellar impact once again with his unique rendering.
Pick(s) of the album – Danga Maari Oodhari, Roja Kadale, Thodu Vanam.