A comical star and an ambitious project, Sonnaa Puriyadhu arrives with popularity than one might expect. It has a newcomer musician who seeks to impress and a handful of popular singers. Madhan Karky, Na Muthukumar and Yatish himself have penned the lyrics and we might see a dark horse pop out of this album when people are barely taking notice.
1. Kaelu Magane Kaelu - Jagadheesh
Lyrics: Madhan Karky
A breezy opener sets off the album in unconventional fashion in 'Kaelu Magane Kaelu. In what begins as a pretty foreign song, the music director Yatish incorporates guitar chords everywhere and also a few folky percussion into the mix. The vocals are soft, and do a narration of a comical and ironic tale. By the end, the song becomes more folky and borders close to 'kuthu' numbers of the 90s.
Apart from a few occasions, you will barely the presence of Karky's hands on this song. The lines are in no way simple but you miss the kind of catchiness that's seen in the rest of his popular hits. Shiva appears during the interludes and points out ironic statements in the words. Overall, the song paints the story of how life changes for a man after his wedding.
2. Kaalayil Saalayil - S.P.B. Charan, Chinmayi
Kaalayil Saalayil makes for a enjoyable duet filled with orchestrations. In fact, it appears similar to "Vaanam Mella" every now and then, especially when the violin orchestrations feature themselves. The beats that plays on the background are however, a bit modern and they have matching chords to show significance. However, most of the interludes feature the violin, of which the composer seems to be pretty fond of.
S.P.B. Charan and Chinmayi make up for a good team and you wonder why they don't come together more often for similar tracks. Their vocals scale pitches and notes accompanied by the violin through the song. Karky's poetry is sounder on this one, and he paints a better picture. You should mark this one to be listened to later for it comes out as one of the best in the album.
3. Devadhaiye Ratchasiye - Ranjith
Lyrics: Na Muthukumar
A folk number right in the middle of the album, Yatish once again shows his preference to simple percussion and guitar chords instead of heavy beat drumming. The overall mood of the song is comical and entertaining for most it parts. While it may not provoke you to come over listening again, it certainly makes room for some interest.
Ranjith has a lot more to do than just singing here, and he does well to portray the lyrics with his vocals. As the name suggests, the song describes the story of a woman, who for some reason deserves to be highlighted for all her skewed aspects instead of her beauty. Na Muthukumar's adjectives and phrases are unique and might make sense for people who are looking to describe life. The start of this song is sure to leave a lot of people smiling. A bar song with a few surprises, we should say.
4. Un Tholil Sainthu - Manasi Scott
Lyrics: Na Muthukumar
A relatively small song under 3 minutes, Un Tholil Sainthu almost sounds like it's unplugged. It is adorned by a range of strings in harmony to the lead and the piano, which stays and supports. But it appears to be more of a short background score than an actual song and the lyrics represent a form of lamenting which the male singer takes up. It has nothing much to note.
5. Sonnaa Puriyadhu Theme - Instrumental
The theme of Sonna Puriyadhu is likely to be the most interesting number in the album. While its originality is under question, it starts off as a retro number and soon makes of other classes of music including rock, some conventional violin instrumentals. Overall, like many other themes, it appears to be a stitched-together version of other numbers in the albums. But somehow, the orchestrations make the packing more engaging and offer promise for how things might shape up on screen.
6. Ayayo Poche - M.K.Balaji, Yatish Mahadev
Lyrics: Yatish Mahadev
Ayayo Poche is a pathos song concealed into a club-like number and some melodious vocals. The song makes use of a few special effects and also makes use of some southern percussion in-between. But sadly, the occasional veena and thavil appearance are the height of the song and there's just too much going on to take note quickly.
Yatish's attempt to pen the lyrics is fine, but the lack of professional touch is noted immediately. But he does a better job as a singer, joined by M.K.Balaji manage to keep things on track. You will soon stop noticing the intricacies though, and once again you have a very uneventful number.
Overall, Sonnaa Puriyadhu looks to be a soft launch of sorts for Yatish, and he would have hoped for better. There are interesting aspects here and they're especially with Kaalayil Saalayil, Devadhaiye Ratchasiye and the theme. You would be willing to give another chance to the composer for none of the tracks are close to bad. But in times like this, even commercialized music needs a sense of uniqueness to impress, and impress they need to right away to be remembered.. A random listen every now and then might remind you of tracks from the film.
Rating - 3/5 - a few highlights, but nothing more.
Verdict - ambitious, but needs more grip to turn heads