After being shelved for painfully long, 'Vaalu' is all ready to be let loose and here is the first glimpse of the movie in its peppy happening album. Set to tune by Thaman in his hit combination with STR after 'Osthe', the vibrant young league brings home yet another success album.
1. Engathaan Porantha Listen here
There have been countless number of tunes that wonder aloud on finding the perfect partner. 'Engathaan Porantha', as is clearly a give away from its very title, is one more to the list of songs that are both thankful to have found the one from dreams and also curious as to how they could have missed the one for so long. But there is a glad exception to this one, with practical lyrics set on refreshing tune. The song is a soothing melody, alright, but it is also backed by solid beats set high in treble that makes it more of a foot tapping number. There's minimal usage of instruments until the end of second stanza - it is only the clapping beats and coordinating key notes and pronounced strumming of guitars with a slight hint of electric feeling, and occasional site instruments. After the second stanza, the song takes a turn to follow a different pace, sounding close to rap, which is just preceded by a lot many variations in keyboard to create an energising surrounding. The song is carefully worded as if made not just for the movie's protagonist, but also seemingly custom penned keeping in mind that it is STR singing it; this combination is symbiotic and enlivens the mood. The melody ends with trailing lyrics and hum.
2. Hey Vasamoakka Listen here
Voices: Anirudh Ravichander, Andrea Jeremiah
After one enlivening number comes another number that is rich on electronic notes. But this one takes the signature a little too long before introducing the hit combination of voices. It is no science to gauge that Anirudh-Andrea is one of the most happening duet voices and Thaman has landed the right choice for this promising duet. Starting off to resemble a romantic duet, this one is nowhere near mushy lovey-dovey feelings, but is quirkily worded to make for a song of promise of togetherness, yet not making it serious and boring. Bass has improe in this track from the previous and the beats keep tapping all through the song. Modulations given to both the voices is an interesting twist to the overall feeling in the song. After the signature at the beginning of the song, there is none through it. At three stanzas and a humming-cum-rap in between, 'Hey Vasamoakka' is an enjoyable number.
3. Inky Pinky Inky Ponky Listen here
Voice: S Thaman
The third track in the album is a soulful dance number and savours every taste with variety and seamless transition between two diametrically opposite genres, yet blending the two in an interesting combination. Thaman has mixed western with our very own gaana in a compelling dance number. The protagonist sells himself in every creative manner to impress his lady love, and the song couldn't have been any better than this one full of cinema in every line. The signature after the first stanza is club mix of desi and South Indian music. Thaman's rendition is typical of an innocent man doing everything in his powers and sheer cuteness to make his girl turn around and stay forever. The hum after second stanza begins like every other melodic block in a dance number, but takes a refreshing twist with the male voice joining in. The line that repeats all through the song calls the heroine his darling and it pops out with a unique opening to the lines. The song ends in all the different beats thumping in unison.
4. Love Endravan Nee Yaaruda Listen here
Dejected by love? Among all the soup songs ever written, this one fares the most uplifting by far. The song begins with pumping trumpets and involves a lot of it throughout. The track is backed by singular beats and has a predictable flow of tune. The song personifies love to be the most wanted person that almost everyone is dying to get done with. Given that it is Silambarasan himself singing it, the lyrics are written rascally straightforward as is the personality that the actor best prefers to carry off. The song is inoffensive but also strongly worded. But it is not only for soup boys, as for probably for the first time, equal importance is given to a woman's perspective of the emotion too. While the first half of the song is the man's feeling, the second is that of the woman's, but sung in a man's understanding, separated by violins for signature. The song comes to an end in a dissatisfied grumble towards love.
5. Vaathiyaaru Listen here
Voices: Vijay T Rajendar, Priyadharshini
Every little note from the very beginning of this song is a clear giveaway that this one is a big time happening song. And as fans would just love it, this is TR singing about all the leading stars of all times. All of the lyrics for this five minute unique song is picked and modified from the lyrics of famous hit songs of all the stars praised and celebrated in every paragraph, one each. Beginning with singing in praise of Puratshi Thalaivar MGR, the song goes on to praise Superstar Rajinikanth and Thala Ajith, in a stanza each, in the same order. The last stanza is for our very own Little Superstar Simbu! Before each stanza, signature music specific to the actor's most popular hit is played with modifications to suit the flow of the song. A striking point of attraction in this song is T Rajendar's voice which sounds refreshingly young. Given that it is TR who's singing the song, it is fast paced to suit his josh. Adding to the josh is Priyadharshini in her peppy voice, making for yet another dance number.
When it is Thaman, it is all about solid energy, which he has proved yet again with this album. All the songs are penned on a lighthearted note and the album on the whole carries an optimistic approach to every emotion sung.
Verdict : Get up and dance