Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyrics: Madhan Karky, Viveka, G Rokesh
Singers: Anirudh Ravichander, Vishal Dadlani, Shruti Haasan, Shaktisree Gopalan, Badshah, Ravi Shankar
It was Dhanush who walked away with all the fame after Kolaveri Di became a massive hit across the globe, but music director Anirudh was the man behind the epic song.
Ever since his debut as composer in 3, Anirudh has shown immense promise and has come a long way in Tamil film industry. Touted to be the next big thing in Tamil music, Anirudh has been in rocking form this year after delivering back to back musical hits with Maari and Naanum Rowdy Dhaan. Now all eyes are on the young composer as he has just unveiled the music of Ajith's big ticket Diwali release Vedalam. Will Anirudh continue his victory run with Vedalam? Is music of Vedalam as good as Vijay's Kaththi? Lets find out.
The albums starts with a semi rock devotional number high on energetic drum beats. As the title suggests, this song has been sung by Anirudh and Vishal Dadlani in praise of Lord Ganesha. The song kicks off with fast folk drum beats paving way for western instruments like electric guitar and dubstep. Though the song has been sung energetically by both Anirudh and Dadlani, this devotional track lacks the punch which usually make Anirudh's songs special. Veera Vinayaka finishes off in style when the song picks up the tempo. This track will be a hit during Ganpati festival next year. Overall, the song is alright but not the kind of start you expect from an Anirudh album.
Don't You Mess With Me
When a music album starts off at a lukewarm note, there is always a tremendous pressure on the next track to be stand out. After an okayish Veera Vinayaka, Shruti Haasan and Shaktisree Gopalan come up with a highly westernised number which unfortunately falls flat. The lyrics by Madhan Karky may be different but different is not always good. Anirudh uses heavy influences of dubstep, techno beat and synthesiser elements to come up with a western pop kinda song. But alas, the song lacks the repeat values and whatever little impact it has will fade away as soon as the song is over. The interlude of the song is melodious and Shruti-Shaktisree duo has done a commendable job with their voice modulations. In the end, this number fails to leave the desired effect and sounds like a wannabe cool song.
Finally we have a song that matches with Anirudh's high standards. Sung by Anirudh himself, this terrific kuthu number is a genuine crowd pleaser and will definitely loved by one and all. While Rokesh's lyrics loaded with slum slang will get you tripping, Anirudh's mesmerising vocals and the ease with which he pulls off the song is the USP factor. High on fun factor, Aaluma Doluma is an amazing fusion of folk beats and western elements with dubstep and techno beats coming into play. No wonder fans are going gaga over it as it is by far the best song of Vedalam music album.
Uyir Nadhi Kalangudhae
Next in the album is a soft melancholic number sung by Ravishankar. The song composed by Anirudh has a classical touch to it with mild rock elements aiding in the background. The song has a nice emotional connect with the listener and is one of the better numbers from the Vedalam album. Ravishankar's melodious voice conveys the feeling of angst and sadness aptly. The song ends on a high note as it picks up the tempo with introduction of heavy rock instruments like electric guitar and bass drums. Overall, its a song that would pick up after the release of the film.
The Theri Theme
Finally we arrive at the theme music which featured even in the teaser of Vedalam. Anirudh puts on the DJ cap and comes up with the theme music which sounds more like a remixed club number. The young composer uses dubstep, alien sounds and techno beats heavily and his edgy vocals in between add to the massy factor of the theme music. However, The Theri Theme falls short in comparison to Anirudh's Kaththi theme music for Vijay.
Verdict: After delivering two smashing musical hits, Anirudh fails when it matters the most and comes up with an okayish album for Thala Ajith's Vedalam. It's a rare miss from the musical sensation called Anirudh, who seems to have buckled under the mountain of expectations.
Our Pick: Aaluma Doluma, Uyir Nadhi Kalangudhae
2.5 out of 5
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