After a relatively long hiatus, the ace director's next flick is on its way to the big screens. With four peerless lyricists penning down their soulful best and a handful of young and powerful voices, in sync with the tunes by the arresting music maker G.V. Prakash Kumar, the album 'Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum' delves into the unique earthen flavour that the Tamil Woods hasn't seen in a while now. However, not only does the anthology alliterate, so is it but a futile bid not to reminisce from the old chamber.
1. Aavarangaatukulla Listen here
Voices: Sathya Prakash, Chinmayi
The album opens on a sensational note that surpasses the next four-and-a-half minutes with pitches of love and romance. The signature in Sathya Prakash's voice is truly transcending, and as Chinmayi (with her voice as unique yet coordinated) adds in after the first few lines, the magic reaches its musical best. Sadly, it also ends right there, for from then on, there is almost no variety. Well fitting lyrics furnished by Vairamuthu is thoroughly entertaining, but only till the second stanza. Somehow, all the enchantment seems to die out in the second half of the song. The flautist has done a commendable job, and the burgeoning notes are sure to get you hooked up with them. There could have been higher octave notes in more places, but the absence of which ends up making the song, despite the beautiful voices, quite rhetoric, until the conclusion is the same signature that the song begins with. All said and done, this is bound to be the favorite pick of an entire lot.
2. Pothi Vecha Listen here
Voices: G.V. Prakash Kumar, Prashanthini
Although the beginning reminds you of the yesteryear melodies, there are no particular complaints. The true boom factor of this melody is the poetry - adulation of rapture has been worded to its best. Evolution of the song in the lyrics befitting love is mesmerizing so much so that it seems to end too fast, leaving you wanting for more. Choice of voices for the emotion conveyed are nothing less than perfect and blend neatly all through the length of five-and-a-half minutes.
3. Nariga Uranga Listen here
Voices: S.P.B. Charan, Manasi M.M.
The track opens with the dauntless voice of Manasi, booming in, and Charan's voice well compliments hers, as they set the song flowing in harmony. Howbeit, you would have lost it even before the song ends, for the lyrics are highly repetitive all through the length. Usage of strings at high pitch is a welcome change and is in sync with the emotion of the song. The flute after the second stanza is a beautiful mutation, as opposed to, yet in accord with, the rest of the song that is comparatively heavy. Lyrics are rather raunchy in this number. This is, albeit, yet another duet in the album.
4. Poraale Listen here
Voices: Santhosh, Pooja, Harini Sudhakar
Poesy: Gangai Amaran
There is an expeditious yet a welcome change in bass down in the fourth track. Despite the parent notes being numb and falling flat, the pathos carried by the singers, peerless, adds life to the song. Although melancholy has almost always been associated with violins in Tamil music, the use of strings in this number is mesmerizing and noteworthy. The variety in lyrics is burgeoning and aberrant to the customary verses. Usage of voices and instruments, not forgoing one another, is perfectly justified in the time frame. In all, this song is bound to make a lasting impression upon the listeners.
5. Annamae Listen here
Voices: G.V. Prakash Kumar, Pooja
Something that one would notice at once is the BGM - predominant keys and viol with feeble beats to their support, is a song in itself, that compliments the mainstream melancholy. Voices befit the emotion and rustic verses. The flow of the song, to an accordant conclusion, seems effortless. However, the track is no sensation. Lyrics are rather traditional. Well, another duet, but doleful.
6. Kola Vaala Edungada Listen here
Voices: Sriram, A.R. Reihana, Maya
The last track in the album brings a dramatic change in emotion. This one is outrageous and has a lot of gore and angrily bloody elements in the lyrics. The voices, like in all the tracks, have been chosen with care and justify the song and also the perturbation. However, there is no reprieve from repetition in lyrics; and the chorus is, simply put, bad. If at all this aims to deliver any message, then it is with regard to caste bias. There ends it.
Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum is all about love - there is passionately in love, happily in love, stealthily in love, painfully in love, and anger of rejection. And the album painfully follows the principle that a coin has two sides - the lack of a solo is tangible. On the whole, it seems to bring us back to square one. It is varied, yet not.
Rating: 3.9/5 - not an apprizing repertoire
Verdict: Different yet customary