It's a different Yuvan in Paruthi Veeran. Taking a break from his routine hip-hop and urban stuff, Yuvan takes the listeners to remote village through Paruthi Veeran.
After Ilayaraja and Bharathiraja, who teamed to bring repute for village folk numbers, Yuvan Shankar and Ameer now set out to recreate a magic that onetime altered essential idiom of film music in Tamil Nadu.
No loud instruments, no remix and no rap songs. Paruthi Veeran is an audio that is as much for your ears as it is for your heart.
Yuvan choice of singers and instruments deserves a special mention. An impressive attempt by Yuvan, which deserves appreciation.
Ariyadha Vayasu (Ilayaraja)
Scoring music for a movie based on rural theme, Yuvan Shankar goes the Ilayaraja (his father) way. The song is a touchy melody about adolescent love and has Ilayaraja's voice dominating the music. The use of flute and dholaks add life to the number. Yuvan Shankar begins the album with a bang.
Danka Dunka (Pandi, Lakshmi, Raja, Saroja, Kala)
It is an earthy folk song heard in remote villages. They are normally sung in temple festivals. On his part, Yuvan has rendered pace to the song. Has not missed to retain the nativity. What more, Pandi, Lakshmi, Roja, Kala and Saroja, who are regular singers in various folk concerts in Madurai districts have been selected to sing the number. Obviously they live up to expectations as it is bread and butter stuff for them.
Iyyai Iyyao (Manickam Vinayakam, Krishnaraj, Shreya Ghosal, Yuvan Shankar Raja)
A fusion between the folk and classical music, the song oozes with energy all through with a brisk musical score and Snehan's lyrics taking us to the villages.
Yuvan's instrumentation is a major highlight. He knows that earthy folk music doesn't happen just because you change the instruments. It happens by a paradigm shift, by a giant leap of faith. Yuvan has that knack. This song, with Manickam Vinayagam, Shreya Ghosal, Krishnaraj and Yuvan himself, is a good example of that.
Uroram Puliyamaram (Pandi, Lakshmi, Saroja, Kala)
It could have been Ilayaraja himself as Yuvan does his father proud as he captures the fervor and flavor of the land. With Snehan's catchy lyrics describing life in a village, the song is suffused with rural metaphors.
Yuvan deserves a pat for using percussion instruments in a way that they produce a different sound.
Sari Gama Patahani (Madhumitha, Saroja)
The odd man out in the album. Different from other folk-based numbers, this song has Yuvan's touch with a blend of contemporary and folk music. Though gives the listeners a different feel when heard along with other numbers in the album, the song does create a positive effect on the listeners. Madhumita and Saroja whip out the cream of the moment.
Ameer has goaded Yuvan to push the envelope and Yuvan has taken up the challenge. The album works on two counts. The first one is obvious: It is different from your everyday rhythm and techno music. The second is this is really music of the land. So it is much more organic and spontaneous.