The partnership of Gautham and Harris is one of the best in the k-town so far as they have delivered nothing but Chartbusters in the past. They are back after 7 long years and the expectation for this one can’t be measured on any scale. Apart from the Gautham’s tag, the movie carries another one, which is Thala Ajith and Harris is weaving his magic for the first time to the Kollywood’s most stylish actor. Scroll down to read what HJ presented to his fans and to the fans of Ajith for New Year.
Yen Ennai – Sunitha Sarathy, Kareshma Ravichandran
The album opens up in a typical HJ note with loads of western instruments in the first 70 seconds. This track is a diluted version of ‘Thoodhu Varuma’ from ‘Kaakha Kaakha’. Albeit the similarities, the song does carry its interesting moments in the second interlude via saxophones, and that is the only solace in this rather uninteresting tune.
Mazhai Vara Pogudhe – Karthik, Emcee Jazz
Harris Jayaraj had called his favorite singer to croon for one of his stock tunes. Karthik had given his best once again for HJ, but the Deja-Vu feel marred the song big time. The song gets a bit interesting in the second stanza and somehow touches the finish line without much impact.
Unakenna Venum Sollu – Benny Dayal, Mahathi
It is so refreshing to hear Benny Dayal in a melody and his association with Mahathi is destined to give you an ethereal feeling. This track might not work right away, but it will occupy your playlist for some time. The chorus part and the glorious, ‘Oru Velli Kolusu Pola.., Intha Boomi Sinungum Keezha.., Aniyaatha Vairam Pola.., Antha Vaanam Minungum Meala..’ are too beautiful.
Ennai Arindhaal – Devan Ekambaram, Mark Thomas, Abhishek
The composer makes use of the BGM served for the teaser as a prelude for this title track and that assures a winner right away. The lyrics are bit preachy and Devan Ekambaram has delivered them with a unique flavor. This track could well become the best opening song for Ajith. The tempo of the song is cleverly maintained with electronic beats. On the flip side, one could feel that the length of the song could have been reduced to 3.30-4 mins than prolonging the final 2 mins with the same BGM. It almost gives an impression that Harris wanted to extract too much of juice from a sugar cane.
Adhaaru Adhaaru – Vijay Prakash, Gana Bala
The much expected and promoted song of the album, which was already released as a single track. The song doesn’t carry the usual Gautham – Harris combo fizz. Vijay Prakash has tried his best to inject more energy to this already tried and tested tune and Gaana Bala joins him in the regular intervals to up the ante. The chorus part in the first 45 seconds and the interludes sounds a little different, but even that fails to spark the festive mood.
Maya Bazaar – Aalap Raju, Priya Subramanian, Velmurugan, Krishna Iyer
Harris has hired the services of 4 singers to evoke 4 different moods, and this experiment has paid off to some extent. The track carries 4 patterns and all the singers have delivered a neat performance. The famous, ‘Kalayana Samayal Saadham’ song gets reworked with drums and Nadaswaram in the second half of the song. The track is a near perfect ‘Jugalbandhi’.
Idhayathai Yedho Ondru – Chinmayi
Chimayi rounds off the album with a serene melody. The track is wonderfully backed by piano and flutes. The magic happens in the last minute where Harris brings in guitars and pauses for a while before letting the flute dominate once again.
Pick(s) – Unakenna Venum Sollu, Yennai Arindhaal, Idhayathai Yedho Ondru
Verdict: Gautham extracted the best of Harris, but it even that hasn’t matched the expectations because of their past track record.