Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyrics: Vignesh Shivan, Thamarai
Singers: Neeti Mohan, Anirudh Ravichander, Benny Dayal , Sid Sriram, Sean Roldan, Vignesh Shivan
The music of Anirudh Ravichander has seldom failed to pique the interest of music lovers. The man with the envious success record, Anirudh has had a great year so far with the songs of Dhanush's Maari turning out to be chartbusters. And now he is here with the music of Vijay Sethupathi-Nayanthara starrer Naanum Rowdy Dhaan. After releasing each song in the album as a single throughout this month, I am here to review the entire album of Anirudh's Naanum Rowdy Dhaan. So lets get started!
The song starts with impressive strumming of guitar paving way to Anirudh’s edgy voice. And as soulful lyrics of director Vignesh Shivan starts to flow, you think you are in for a typical peppy romantic number. But all your pre-conceived notions are put to rest as soon the song picks up its tempo and some local, youthful lyrics come into play giving a whole new flavour to the song. Anirudh’s vocals are apt for the song as the raw quality of his voice lends to the energy of the song. But the USP of the song has to be the fusion of classical and western instruments as Anirudh skillfully plays with haunting violin piece and then overlaps it with high octane rock elements. Even the lyrics of the song range from poetic to colloquial, making the number a treat for music lovers. Love struck or not, this song will be loved by one and all. No wonder it has already turned out to be a huge hit. Two thumbs up for Thangamey.
Next song in the album is an awesome melodious love song that will transport you to the state of pure bliss. Sung by Neeti Mohan and Anirudh, the song is a soft melody that conveys the feeling of love with its simplistic approach of musical arrangements. Neeti Mohan, who is famous for her western numbers, surprises us with her prowess for classical singing, sounding extremely sweet throughout the song. Anirudh's vocals in the interludes add a slight folksy flavour to the song. Anirudh seems to be in a mood to kill us softly with his music as his use of violin and piano in the song will leave you spell bound. This song will silence the critics who claimed that Anirudh can't deliver a pure melodious number. Overall, Neeyum Naanum is a great romantic number and its soulful music will stay with you long after the song is over.
Naanum Rowdy Dhaan - title track
It is time to bring on the party shoes as Anirudh has come up with a peppy number that will get you swaying in delight. This time around he has the super talented Benny Dayal at his disposal. A unique mix of trumpets, mild techno beats and catchy chorus makes the title track super fun affair. Benny and Anirudh duo weave magic and come up with such a fun filled number, high on casual energy. However, USP of the song has to be its cheeky and funny lyrics by director Vignesh Shivan. The more I hear to the songs of NRD, the more I feel like the film is going to be rip roaring comedy flick. Again, Anirudh has struck gold with this song. The talented music composer seems to be on a roll here.
Yennai Maatrum Kadhale
We have had a peppy romantic song, a soulful love ballad and a fun number till now. So, now it is time for the song that conveys the angst of being in love. And who better to sing such a number other than Sid Sriram, who made his name through songs like Adiye and Ennodu Nee Irunthaal. Yennai Maatrum Kadhale is a song which maintains perfect harmony between Anirudh's complex orchestration and Sid Sriram's mesmerising vocals. While Sid leaves us mighty impressed with his quality of voice, especially during high pitch singing, Anirudh implies march past drum beats and western orchestration to elevate the impact of the song. This number has high repeat value as you would find yourself unconsciously playing this song over and over again on loop. Definitely another gem from Anirudh!
When someone tries to experiment with too many sounds in one song, more often than not the number fails to connect with the listener. But surprisingly, Anirudh has come up with yet another winner by creating a unique mix of folk, alternative rock and pop. Vocals of Sean Roldan fit perfectly in the song as his earnest and simplistic rendition creates magic in the words. The song starts with slow intro from Sean Roldan and you get a feeling that Kannaana Kanne might be a folk number after all. But soon the song takes semi rock route as electric guitar and bass drums slowly ups the tempo of the song. Special mention to director turned lyricist Vignesh Shivan, who has done an incredible job in penning the lyrics of this feeling number. By the time you are done listening the number, you will be taken over by the urge to hear to it all over again.
This fantastic album ends with high octane rap number that will overpower you with the sense of thrill. Sung by the duo of Anirudh and Vignesh, the song has some amazing lyrics and gripping music to keep you engrossed. The song keeps oscillating from angry rap to mild rock to jazz blues, making sure that you are thoroughly entertained throughout the song. The random words uttered in sheer anger in the middle of the song fuels the aggressive nature of the song. Overall, Varavaa Varavaa has all the elements to feature in a racy action film and will surely mesmerise the audience when it is played along with the visuals on big screen.
Verdict: Naanum Rowdy Dhaan is a complete album, which stands out as one of the best of 2015. Anirudh has displayed his versatility as a composer as he nicely balances between melodious songs and fun feel good numbers. If you thought Maari was Anirudh's best this year, then give Naanum Rowdy Dhaan music a try. I bet you will change your mind.
Our Pick: Thangamey, Neeyum Naanum, Yennai Maatrum Kadhale, Kannaana Kanne
4 out of 5
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