En Frienda Pola seems like a friendship extolment song + hero song rolled into one, but its rock-based anthemic sound works quite well, with Krish and Suchith Suresan doing a neat rendition. Harris Jayaraj does an impressive job of adapting the Aal Izz Well motif into Tamil, in Heartiley Battery. There is an obvious nod to Moitra’s AIW, but there is also originality in the arrangement. Hemachandran and Mukesh do the honors on vocals, quite impressively. The orchestration and the Kaapi raga base (at least partly) of Askku Laska make it sound more Vidyasagar than Harris Jayaraj! Lovely listen though, despite some seemingly random lyrics, thanks a great deal to Vijay Prakash and Chinmayi. Suvi does a rap-based cameo in the interlude.
Aalap Raju’s Endhan Kan Munney is where the composer’s reusal habits start surfacing, but the acoustic guitar factor helps mitigate that element. Irukkaanna quite blatantly borrows from HJ’s own Manjal Veyil (Vettaiyaadu Vilayaadu), and an annoying arrangement for the remaining part (there is gargling sound and all!) doesn’t help matters at all. Vijay Prakash, Javed Ali and Sunidhi Chauhan wasted. The soundtrack ends on a high note though with Nalla Nanban (presumably the analogue for Jaane Nahin Denge), a song where the composer beautifully incorporates semiclassical elements in an otherwise western-tinged orchestration. Ramakrishna Murthy’s singing isn’t perfect, but there is an allure in his rendition, which goes very nicely with this song.
Second time that director Shankar chooses Harris Jayaraj instead of his usual man A R Rahman to score for him. And the second time too HJ pulls off a commendable job.
Music Aloud Rating: 7.5/10
Top Recos: Nalla Nanban, Askku Laska, En Frienda Pola