The life of a king and queen is everything majestic to the public's eye. But their personal lives may be on a different page. Directed by Atlee Kumar, starring Arya, Nayanthara, Jai and Nazriya, 'Raja Rani' has created ample speculation and curiosity, through its teaser and updates. GV Prakash promised an album full of melodies, like never before, for the film. How much has he kept his word?
1. Hey Baby
Voices: GV Prakash Kumar, Gaana Bala, Aishwarya
Lyrics: Na Muthukumar, Gaana Bala
Starting off on a soothing melody, the album welcomes us with a quirky song of hatred. Mirroring the emotions of a man dissatisfied with the presence of a particular woman in his life, the song changes genres from melody to folk, where GV Prakash's voice is finds a counterpart in Gaana Bala's rendition. Aishwarya's voice is a refreshing pitch relief in the intermediates. If you came across the speculative first teaser of the film, this track would sound familiar.
Voices: Shakthisri Gopalan
Lyrics: Pa Vijay
Female solo in Shakthisri Gopalan's voice should be enough explanation for magical. In the smart lyrics of Pa Vijay and the soulful rhythm, Shakthisri's voice renders a beautiful song of a girl in love. Light hearted and jingling, the song has a unique yet familiar light feeling. Coming around as one of the most intelligent compositions to describe the feminine blush of freshly falling in love, the song is here to stay with most girls when they find their respective Mr Perfect.
Voices: Clinton Cerejo, Alphonse, Alka
Lyrics: Na Muthukumar
In the voices of three peerless Malayali singers, what we have here is the male counterpart of the soulful Angnyaade in the beginning, that going further, unearths Alka's voice in its own beauty. Set in contemporary tunes, the track is racy, melodious, soothing and reverberating - all at the same time. In yet another rendition of ecstasy of love, the track is penned down by Na Muthukumar, to suit the emotions of young couples, just right.
Voices: Vandhana Srinivasan
Lyrics :Na Muthukumar
Taking sorrow of separation diplomatically, 'Unnale' is a quick song on longing for her man's company, with little tears but a lot of emotions and depth. The track is high on air instruments and the rhythmic beats make it racy while sounding melancholic too. Vandhana's voice is refreshing and has a beautiful appeal.
5. Oday Oday
Voices: Vijay Prakash, Sasha, Shalmali Kholgade
Lyrics: Pa Vijay
This is a combination of different genres, on the lyrics of Pa Vijay, probably proving that the emotion of love is also equally mixed. Rhythmic and racy, the song is set in the lively voices of Vijay Prakash, Sasha and Shalmali, with a tint humorous appeal describing the man's love. Beginning on a foot tapping note, the song has Carnatic and jazz nuances thrown generously here and there, with the main track remaining melodious to the ears. In all, the song is a jukebox of different genres.
6. Imaye Imaye
Voices: GV Prakash Kumar, Shakthisri Gopalan
Lyrics: Pa Vijay
What is a love album without a cherished melodious duet? GV Prakash does justice to this tradition, offering a melody, that has the familiar tingles of every love duet, in his voice and Shakthisri's. Slow and steady in pace, the song is mainly supported only by various strings from bass to pitch, with no beats, that gives the song a free flow. A bit of longing, a little pain, some light moments here and there and a lot of love - the song is a melody to stay in everybody's play list.
7. A Love For Life
Voices: GV Prakash Kumar, Navin Iyer, Cheenai Symphony
Trademark of GV, the album ends with an instrumental track, that is slow, moving and touching three minutes full of melodious keys and strings, accompanied by shooting hum. To a very melodious album, this is a fitting end. Seven tracks in all - lilting, light and completely subtle. As promised, GV Prakash has offered an out and out melodious album, with no element that's even remotely rigid or thumping. Fitting an out-of-the-box story perfectly, the songs will be liked far and wide, with this album becoming a bed time favourite for everyone.
Rating: 2.5/5 - GV Prakash keeps his promise