This is the first music review of a Tamil film album as Musical Sameekshaa has extended its boundaries to Tamil, Telugu and Bengali film music. In the very first review, I find a very strange thing that this film “I” which is going to release on 9th January 2015, its music already got released 4 months back i.e on 15th September 2014. The film has been directed by a renowned Tamil director Shankar who has already worked with AR Rahman and given multiple hit albums.
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Music: AR Rahman; Music Label: Sony Music
1. Mersalaayiten – Singers: Anirudh Ravichander, Neeti Mohan; Lyrics: Kabilan
Rahman begins the soundtrack with a catchy techno tuned song that pleasantly engages you but soon you come to know that it’s actually partially hollow from inside as he doesn’t seem to have worked much with the composition. Neeti has an amusing cameo though Anirudh unfortunately hardly leaves any impact with his singing, more because of the vocal processing. The Violin piece in the second interlude is worth appreciating and the arrangements have been taken care of charmingly by the composer. That techno tune is what makes you return again and again for this song.
2. Ennodu Nee Irundhaal / Ennodu Nee Irundhaal (Reprise) – Sunitha Sarathy, Sid Sriram / Chinmayi, Sid Sriram; Lyrics: Kabilan
Sid Sriram has actually nailed this one. There’s not a single moment when you don’t praise his singing, except the ones where Sunitha has played her short but lovely role, balancing the soothe with her classically woven textural voice. Along with Sid, there’s Flute, Guitar and typical Rahman-ish vibrant Piano pieces that provide you the much needed comfort zone in this technically complex track but that comfort zone dies out when the perturbed sounding arrangements in the Electric Guitar piece take over, although thanks to Sid for presenting his knack for flexible singing. The same lines crooned by Chinmayi in the Reprise version, sounds even better and more profound as the sweetness of her vocals goes deep and gets intense. This version is less complex in arrangements and hence has the ability to get more listeners in comparison. Chinmayi in Reprise, Sid Sriram in original have spelled their magic beautifully!
3. Ladio – Singer: Nikita Gandhi; Lyrics: Madhan Karky
Ladio is all about playing with techno sounds and Rahman has quite creatively played with that resulting it in sounding catchy, attractive and most importantly international. At one point, you forget that you are actually listening to a Tamil song. Nobody seems to be aware about the word “Ladio” but sounds like a mixture of Lady and Radio. Nikita Gandhi is pretty good with her singing, promisingly justified the genre of the track which is highly enjoyable and has an awesome international feel.
4. Pookkalae Sattru Oyivedungal – Singers: Haricharan, Shreya Ghoshal; Lyrics: Madhan Karky
That Guitar-led sound is somewhat very fascinating and catchy too, making the listeners draw by its melodic charm. Shreya and Haricharan are icings on the cake. They have taken this already charming composition to a completely different level, justifying each note of it. Rahman hasn’t used much instruments here as the Guitar is more than enough to fascinate you. It’s melodious to its core! A Must Listen track! #WelcomeSong
5. Aila Aila – Singers: Aditya Rao, Natalie Di Luccio; Lyrics: Madhan Karky
Inspite of Natalie having done complete justice to what she is provided with, the song lacks goodness in the tune. Rahman has tried making it a “different” kind of track which upto certain extent, has worked in the form of excellent arrangements and setting up of the chorus, but lets the listeners down when you look out for a tune to croon. Aditya sounds pretty decent and Natalie’s operatic singing adds to the uniqueness of the track. Though “different” in many aspects, still gets boring after a certain point.
This soundtrack is all about showing Rahman’s quality of being a techno-savvy. Pookkale Satru Oyivedungal is a winner among all the tracks.
The Final Verdict: POSSIBLE
The Verdict Order: DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE