Evocative of a mood akin to Harrisâ€™ own Nenjukkul Peydhidum from Vaaranam Aayiram (and also seeming to reveal a Pachelbel’s Canon-esque undercurrent on repeated listens), Engeyum Kaadhal works beautifully, with its serene orchestration and some excellent singing by Aalap Raju, Devan and Ranina Reddy. The composer follows it up with another haunting track Thee Illai which will have you hooked right from the brilliant violin bit that opens the song. Sung by Naresh Iyer, Mukesh, Gopal Rao and Mahathi, the song is replete with signature Harris Jayaraj elements, but the dÃ©jÃ vu feel does not in any manner affect the enjoyability of the track. With a beat template borrowed from MJâ€™s The Way You Make Me Feel, Nangaai brings down the level of the soundtrack a bit. Harris does introduce some interesting elements in the arrangement, especially in the second interlude, and the singers Richard, Rahul Nambiar and Naveen Madhav do an exuberant job, but those donâ€™t prove enough.
Things once again return to the regular Harris mode with Lolita, a track that features some excellent Spanish guitar and a beautiful sax interlude, both in a heard-before way. Karthik and Prashanthini are fabulous on the vocals. Bathing At Cannes sees engaging hip-hop by Emcee Jesz and Kash & Krissy interspersed with violin bits which seem out of some East European classical piece. And in the semi-classical Nenjil Nenjil Harris presents the song of the soundtrack. The arrangement of the song is mindblowing, Harris cleverly introducing the classical elements at the right places to magnificent effect. Harish Raghavendra and Chinmayi do total justice to his arrangement, delivering the vocals to a tee (raga Charukeshi I believe). Â Another Harris Jayaraj trademark acoustic guitar-laden melody called Dhimu Dhimu sung by Karthik closes the soundtrack in style.
A year past his last score Aadhavan, Harris Jayaraj returns to Tamil in top form with a soundtrack that has everything that one identifies the composer with, and beautifully so.
Music Aloud Rating â€“ 8.25/10
Recommended Tracks â€“ Nenjil Nenjil, Engeyum Kaadhal, Thee Illai
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