Coming from the world famous director Bharat Bala, 'Mariyaan' is making its way amidst a whirlpool of expectations. Taking the first sneak peek into the movie, the single track released two weeks back, 'Nenje Ezhu' has been a consistent chart buster. And here happens the rest of the magic. The album would leave you speechless. Do no more, connect your headphones, turn up the volume and lose yourself in the magic of ARR.
I Love My Africa
Voices: AR Rahman, Blaaze, Madras Youth Choir
Lyrics: Blaaze, Brian Kabwe
The first track in the album is one of the easiest way to land in Africa without actually having to travel the distance. The beats and vigour typical of the luscious continent flows open throttle all through the song. Opening on a majestic note, the song is full of patriotism, celebrating the spirit of being an African. When our dear musical genius utters 'I love my Africa, Welcome to Africa' in his magical voice, it is almost similar to the josh and vigour that we all felt in his 'Vande Maataram'. But only those two lines, barring a few more, are in English, while all the other lines are not quite understandable, being in Afrikaans, but each and every note is thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. A happy song in all is what welcomes us to the album.
Innum Konjam Neram
Voices: Vijay Prakash, Swetha Mohan
Lyrics:Kabilan, AR. Rahman
This melody is almost similar to the flow of 'Nenjukulla' from 'Kadal', but is a light, lilting and sweet duet, delving deep into rapture. The voices are breezy, setting the mood perfectly, with fitting lyrics that takes shape as a lovey-dovey conversation between lovers. The attraction beyond resistance in love is portrayed like never before in this track, both musically as well as lyrically. The usage of strings in the signature music and trailing humming are purely magical.
Kadal Raasa Naan
Voice : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Lyrics : Dhanush
Next comes the song that has been making news for a long time. And looks like the wait was after all worth all the hype and attraction it garnered. For the first time, composer Yuvan Shankar Raja has sung for ARR, to the lines of Dhanush and 'Kadal Raasa Naan' is a dance-worthy self descriptive song, presumably when the hero is stuck and is lonely in the foreign land. Three of the most important emotions of the movie, namely pain,struggle and anger, are highlighted in this song, beautifully delivered by musical stalwarts.
Naetru Aval Irundhal
Voices : Vijay Prakash, Chinmayee
To listen to a different Vijay Prakash, tune into this song. Those who watched the trailer already can instantly relate to the gentle and breezy female calls to this song. This track portrays, clearly, yet another emotion from the movie - separation. Penned down beautifully to suit the mood, the song has been excellently rendered in brilliant voices, that miss not a single note of the underlying emotions of longing to meet and the pain of separation. The use of strings and flute is very intelligent and adds to the emotion, striking the right notes. This is one of those few songs that you can relate to real life, and be moved, for there has been no better description and portrayal of longing, than this track.
Voice: AR Rahman
Lyrics: Kutti Revathi
Unlike the previous experience with 'Nenjukulla', this track is no different from what was released a fortnight back. And no doubting the fact that the song continues to mesmerize, swoon and clinch the chart topper position without a hitch. This is a song that comprises all emotions - love, separation, pain, confidence and rise - that make up the movie. Beginning on a hopeful note and ending with a victorious emotion, the song is magical, and truly inspiring. The distant chimes in the signature tune reassures with a beam of hope, making the struggle seem like an enchanting experience. The slow and steady rise in the strings from the background adds more colour to the race towards an alluring destination. It is the third stanza that brims with hope and is highly inspiring. The song blends with the heart, soul and mind of every individual, and is a song is beyond the definition of beautiful.
Voices: Javed Ali, Haricharan, Nakash Aziz
Lyrics:Vaali, Sofia, Ashraf
Diametrically changing from the mood so far, 'Sonapareeya' is a light hearted song with a lot of beats and foot tapping elements. This song can be related to the likes of 'Elay Keechan', but only that this song is very much Indian with a lot of strings and classical elements. A chorus song, tantalizing and taunting, the track makes for a happy listening experience. And it is this song that has lent its earthen yet unique beats to the teaser of the film. In many portions, the song reminds one of Bollywood, but is purely southern with the intelligent combination of wind elements and beats. The track is full of the youth vigour also being a crowd favourite across ages at the same time. Usage of violins garners a lot of attraction in this song. The female relief, amidst the male dominant song, between the second and third stanzas takes one back to the ARR of 'Slumdog Millionaire' days.
Enga Pona Raasa
Voice: Shakthisree Gopalan
Lyrics: Kutti Revathi, AR. Rahman
We have warning for the listeners here. When you listen to this track, please sit down with tissues, for this song is bound to move you to tears. Pain of separation has been described like never before in this song. Though a short song with not many instruments, but gentle breezy guitar and keys sparingly, the song is packed with emotions, and is a beautiful package, that will remain close to every heart. We get to hear a different Shakthisree Gopalan in this song, from her previous hit 'Nenjukulla'. Starting on a note of search and ending in longing, we have yet another song from the same album, that can be related to one's own life. The song trails off with hope of finding the lost one, and also the yearning of longing.
Start to finish, the album is purely magical and would make for one of the most cherished repertoires. Coming from none less than the genius, the album sparks further curiosity and interest in the movie. In all, anyone would fall in love with 'Mariyaan'.
Rating - 4.2/5
Verdict: Don't miss it!