How is it to be unemployed? Director Velraj is bringing an all new concept to silver screens with Dhanush and Amala Paul in the lead, and Anirudh has taken up the challenge of composing for a path breaking story. Dhanush has penned down the lyrics for all the songs in 'Vellai Illa Pattathari', and here's a look at how the album has come up.
1. Po Indru Neeyaga Listen here
Gentle keys joining in orchestra invites you to the album in a lilting melody. The first thing about the track that strikes you is that the lilting rhythm jingles so soothingly that you get addicted to the song immediately. Next thing you're quick to notice is the cute lyrics in this melancholic solo. Dhanush's voice breezes past in a soothing tone against the tingles that stand out impressively against the harmonious orchestra of strings in symphony. Signature after the first stanza is a beautiful piece of violins and keys, with the typical rich touch of Anirudh style. The song is supposedly a sad number, symbolic of separation but ironically enjoyable in the original feel and mood of the track, in an impressive four-minute track.
2. Velaiyilla Pattathari Listen here
This one is a powerful rock number! In sharp contrast to the melody that invites you to the album, this track is a totally new outlook to being unemployed. Power packed with heavy guitars and thumping drums, the song is completely uplifting both musically as well as poetically. Anirudh's unique tone, pitch, accent and mood accentuates the emotion of the song, adding power and mass value. It begins on an enlivening note and gathers momentum, gradually making it bigger and better than the best. For the ones dejected and sober over not being employed, this can become an inspiring anthem. Completely energetic all through, the song lets go of the heavy beats, just before conclusion, and when it syncs back with the drums, it is all the more rejuvenating. In all, this is a complete mass number served with a rich icing of confidence.
3. Sunrise theme Listen here
Most themes either stick to keyboard or violins. But this one is predominantly mouth organ and high pitched strums. As the track proceeds, it is only supported by violins playing in the background. And when you listen to the track lost in its musical beauty, it comes to an end before you realize, making you wanting more.
4. What a karvad Listen here
Voices: Anirudh, Dhanush
Bottle opens, liquor pours out and what follows is a song of dejection. But not any other song over whisky, this one is complete club mix of kuthu song! The truncated half notes in the signature are a clear indication to the gala that follows. Initially, the song is about the protagonists dejection, but hold on for riotously funny yet factual gyan on life. The song goes in a singular flow and thoroughly enjoyable throughout, especially with the intermediate conversation and the jazz signature after the first stanza. Chorus in the second stanza and the singular words in the background at the end of the stanza make the song all the more appealing and enjoyable. And the song finally wraps up on a quirky note.
5. Amma amma Listen here
Voices: S Janaki, Dhanush
After four lighthearted tracks, this one is a heavy soulful number on separation. Though Dhanush's voice opens the song, there is a feminine embrace to the song, making it uniquely and aptly in the mood - loss of beloved mother. The song is carefully and thoughtfully worded, befitting the mood in every note. It uses violins predominantly; but the signature after second stanza is a beautiful flute number, supported in the end by violins. Third stanza is sung in the magical voice of Janaki, the mother in the song. The track climaxes as a typical duet, on an uplifting and consoling note.
6. Ey inga paru Listen here
This one is a lighthearted and comic two minute number. The track is a quick three stanza number, with lines that state all that which can never happen. The song opens with Anirudh's voice and has beats added up to it from the fifth line. It gets a jazz touch after the first stanza, drops the beats after second, gathers up half way through the third stanza and wraps up repeating lines from all stanzas in one go, and ends with trumpets.
7. Smiling with pain Listen here
What we have here is yet another theme music. And as the title goes, this one is typical of smiling right in the middle of dire difficulty. It is the same tune that plays all through the song, but each time with a difference. It begins with a lone violin, and then keys add in, followed by more violins and then the whole of a small orchestra, reiterating pain and the pressure to smile despite it all.
8. Udhungada Sangu Listen here
The track starts with sweet musical notes and melodious lilt in flutes. But going further, it gathers up to a song sung in frustration and is an adorable comeback. After the initial melody, the track transcends effortlessly to a totally different tempo; the transition is smooth and flawless. Anirudh's voice perfectly compliments the mood of the song and the lyrics are befitting just as consistently as in the rest of the album. The second stanza is back to melody, followed by signature in beats. The three and half minute song wraps up with rolling beats and the emotion hanging all over.
After three blockbuster hit albums, Anirudh is back again with yet another sure hit. This time, it's bigger, better and massive! Dhanush has taken his credits as a lyricist to a while new level. Never knew being unemployed was so cool! In all, the album is soulful, lively and truly Anirudh
Rating: 4/5 - Anirudh is back with a bang!