Yuvan Shankar Raja has emerged as a name to reckon with in Tamil film industry. Be it hip-hop, groovy or melody, Yuvan is at it, composing catchy tunes with ease.
Emerging from the shadows of his father and legendary music composer Ilayaraja, Yuvan Shankar has carved a niche quite distinct from his father's style.
Yuvan Shankar and director Venkat Prabhu share a good rapport. The two came together in 'Chennai 600028' and managed to render a catchy album with a cocktail of peppy and soft numbers.
The two come together to recreate the same magic with 'Saroja'. Hats off to the young music director who has done no harm to his reputation by belting out catchy numbers.
Good orchestration, catchy rhythms and apt vocals make 'Saroja' an entertaining and enthralling album. Yuvan Shankar Raja has proved his mastery over Tamil film music yet again.
A perfect one for the youth, 'Saroja' is sure to go down as one of the best in the annals of the history of Tamil film industry.
Aaja Meri Soniye (Vijay Yesudas, Premji Gangai Amaren, S P B Charan)
It is a perfect beginning to the album. An engagement song which features all prominent artistes of the small screen, the song begins on a pacy note. Yuvan manages to sustain the momentum all through. Accompoanied by Hindi lyrics at some places, the song is complimented well by the open-throated voice of S P B Charan and Premji. Yuvan's orchestration is a delight.
Cheeky Cheeky (Yuvan Shankar Raja, Mathilda, Nridhaya)
A chic and a trendy number. Hats off to Yuvan for the peppy beats in the song. Mathilda, who featured in the Singapore Idol talent show has crooned for the song which has a mix of English and Tamil lyrics. At places, music overtakes the song. Nonetheless, it is a catchy number. Yuvan Shankar reportedly appears in the number which is loaded with brisk music and catchy rhythm.
Dosth Bada Dosth (Haricharan, Rahul Nambiar, Naveen)
The pick of the album. It's long since a song on friendship had come in Tamil cinema. Musthafa Musthafa by Rahman in Kadhal Desam was perhaps the last that created magic on screen. Yuvan joins the league of Rahman with this song. It is certain that this song which cherishes friendship gets lapped up by students. Valee's lyrics is the other major highlight. The trio of Haricharan, Rahul Nambiar and Naveen does a good show.
Kodana Kodi (Mohammed Aslam, Ranina, Kavi)
A perfect number for everyone to shake their legs. Yuvan, who came up with numbers like Jals Pannunga Da, Saroja Saman Nikalo, Theepidika adds one more to his kitty. A perfect kuthu number made a lot crisp with the catchy voice of Aslam, who continues from where he left off in Pon Magal Vanthal.
My Life (Tanvi)
Yuvan Shankar is a master when it comes to Western stuff. All his songs have traces of his knowledge on Western music. All credit should go to Yuvanshankar Raja for his bold attempt in weaving a magic with Tanvi's loud voice. The orchestrations are in par with English pop numbers. Tanvi has used all her energy to get the song right. It provides one with the feeling of listening to a rock concert. Bubbly and energetic Tanvi hogs all the limelight.
Nimirnthu Nil (Shankar Mahadevan)
Yuvanshankar Raja knows the knack of using Shankar Mahadevan. A bundle of energy, Shankar Mahadevan begins on a slow note. As the song progresses, it gathers all the momentum with it. The brisk interludes give the song a new dimension.
All credit has to go to Yuvanshankar Raja because Saroja is sure to go places. This is an album with all the essential ingredients for topping the charts. The album is sure to make it big among youngsters.