Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, MM Manasi, Vijay, Shruti Haasan, Sooraj Santhosh, M.L.R. Karthikeyan, Chinmayi, Anitha, Javed Ali, Pooja AV, Mano, Priyadarshini, Tipu
Illayathalapathy Vijay is all set to take the box office by storm with his upcoming film Puli releasing next month. Directed by Chimbu Devan, Puli stars Vijay, Sridevi, Shruti Haasan, Sudeep and Hansika Motwani in lead roles. The trailer of the film has been ruling the internet with fans going gaga over it. Puli's music has been scored by Devi Sri Prasad, who is on a high after Srimanthudu's musical success. Can DSP hit the bulls eye yet again with Puli's music? Lets check it out!
The first song of the album. Sottavaala, sung by Shankar Mahadevan and MM Manasi, is a slow rustic number which is high on desi beats. Devi Sri Prasad uses the Indian folk instruments like Gadham and Nadaswaram to good use but the song loses its steam and enters into a weird mode at the interludes, creating an impression that something is off with the song. Both Shankar Mahadevan and MM Manasi impress with their vocals, but are let down by DSP's incoherent composition.
Soothing guitar piece eases you into this feel good romantic track sung by Vijay and Shruti Haasan. This breezy number benefits largely by the awesome chemistry which the two singers share. Vijay's melodious vocals are perfectly complemented by Shruti Haasan's husky renditon. Through out the song guitar riffs and flute interludes play perfect aide to the singers. Vairamuthu's words are like honey to the ears. Overall, this love song is one of the best renditions by DSP in recent times and is surely gonna be a huge hit.
The song starts off at a majestic note as trumpets, drums and impressive orchestration are interlaced with catchy chorus. Chinmayi's vocals sound refreshingly different and the accordion interlude in the middle of the song gives a middle eastern feel to it. The song is a treat for drums lovers and the fast pace of the song makes it for an interesting listen. Vairamuthu's lyrics give a sense of authority. MLR Karthikeyan and Sooraj Santosh's voice add edgy feel to the proceedings. Overall, the song is a complex composition and would take time to grow on a listener.
Next is a tribal dance number filled with unintelligible chorus and trippy drum beats, that would put you on the mood to groove. Sung by Javed Ali and Pooja, Jingiliya Jingiliya is a typical massy number that would be popular with the front row audience. Singer Javed Ali leaves a mark with his gruffy voice. Drums and techno beats are interspersed together to give the most of fun song of the album till now.
Now it is time for title track to be unveiled. The song kicks off with majestic arrangement of trumpets and thoughtful orchestration by DSP paving way for Mano’s commanding vocals to take control of the number. Just like the previous numbers in the album, there is excessive use of drums. Though the song is not bad to listen, there is nothing new that DSP has to offer in this number.
The album concludes with a motivational number sung wonderfully by Tipu. Lyrics by Vairamuthu are powerful and DSP’s musical arrangement is apt for the song. The grand orchestration comes into play again and drums play perfect aide to Tipu’s edgy vocals. The veena interlude in the middle is note worthy. Inspite of drum beats trying to overpower the song, Tipu manages to impress.
Verdict: Vijay’s Puli has one or two outstanding numbers that will top the charts. But other than that, Devi Sri Prasad’s composition disappoint. The songs end up sounding repetitive and fail to make a collective impact as an album.
Our Pick: Yaendi Yaendi, Jingiliya Jingiliya
2 out of 5
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