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Thalaiva music review

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The soundtrack features five songs and two theme music tracks. The soundtrack is composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar and the lyrics are by Na. Muthukumar, both teaming with A. L. Vijay for the fifth time. This was also G. V. Prakash’s first collaboration with actor Vijay. As of November 21, 2012, he had composed two songs for the film. One song had been sung by Vijay being his 26th song alongside with Santhanam. A third song was completed on February 11, 2013. The audio launch took place on June 21, 2013 in Hotel Connemara. The audio rights of Thalaivaa was bought by Sony Music. Finally,they decided to release on 14th august,2013

Review and Rating by behindwoods

Thalaivaa is one of the year’s most anticipated films starring Vijay and Amala Paul and directed by director Vijay. The film has G.V.Prakash continuing his partnership with director Vijay yet again and the album has 6 songs all written by Na. Muthukumar.
Tamil Pasanga
Singers: Benny Dayal, Psycho Unit, Sheezay
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

Psycho Unit’s intro Tamil rap sets the tone of the song and is guaranteed to raise the hairs of Vijay fans. The track features inventive processed beats that builds a groove which allows room for Vijay to show off his dance moves. Pyshco Unit’s second appearance is as impressive as his first, followed by a nice synth hook by GV. The vocal melody is easy to follow and makes a quick impression. Benny Dayal’s vocals are processed to an extent to suit the song’s theme and he does deliver an energetic performance. The lyrics are sure to strike a chord with the fans.
Yaar Indha Saalaioram
Singers: G.V. Prakash Kumar, Saindhavi
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

G.V comes up with yet another ‘family duet’ that is as well crafted as the couple’s earlier partnerships in the past, if not better. Maybe G.V is saving the best for himself and Saindhavi, and they don’t disappoint as they do possess a magical chemistry. The orchestration is simply grand especially with the string section being effectively used. A soft song but thoroughly enjoyable because of the sparkling melodic hooks and engaging orchestration.
Vaanganna Vanakkanganna
Singers: Santhanam, Vijay
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

The highly celebrated 25th ‘bhang-song’ sung by Vijay himself makes for the single most high point of this album. Santhanam too features in this song offering his classic ad-libs but its Vijay who singlehandedly propels this tune to delightfully dizzying heights. Vijay plays both actor and singer at the same time as he emotively slurs his way through hilarious lyrics, more drunken philosophies about love, without missing a note. G.V backs up the singer with infectious percussions and middle-eastern strings but all the roads eventually lead to the singer. Vijay – well done bro!
Sol Sol
Singers: Abhay Jodhpurkar, Megha, Vijay Prakash
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

A racy electronic dance number right at the midpoint of the soundtrack to ensure that the built up momentum is sustained. The tune has just about enough to scrape through into this high profile album. The treatment given by G.V helps the song escape being an overly generic western tune, despite the objective being the very same. He throws in some catchy synth hooks just when the track seems to be plateau-ing out. The male singers Vijay Prakash, Abhay Jodhpurkar deliver spirited performances as the track rides mostly on them.
The Ecstacy of Dance
Singers: Chennai Symphony, Instrumental, Kiran
Lyrics:

An instrumental with the flute taking the centre stage initially as the Violins dance in the background setting the groove. The brief tune builds up nicely featuring the melody of ‘Yaar indha Salai’ and knows exactly when to end.
Thalaivaa Thalaivaa
Singers: Haricharan, Pooja, Zia Ul Haq
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

A bit of Ilaiayaraja’s resonance is evident in the opening notes of the song and during the mid-section. Otherwise the track’s direction and focus remains on setting up a pulsating theme that’s clearly played to the gallery. The male chorus may seem rather simple but it does pack a punch nevertheless. The violins add the necessary drama. The echoing vocals are a clever production touch and ensure that ‘Thalapathy Thalapathy’ is ringing in your ears long after the song is over.
Verdict: A true Thalivaa for the fans, high on energy and drama!

3/5 stars

Review and rating by Indiaglitz

Vijay acting as a dancer and as a mass leader, partly based in Mumbai and Australia, GV Prakash dancing with Vijay, Santhanam singing, Vijay’s 25th song as a singer – there is a lot of expectations and surprises in the Vijay-Vijay project. Satiating a portion of eagerness, here is an album that is weaved just for the perfect hero. Crafted by GV Prakash and penned to perfection by Na Muthukumar, ‘Thalaivaa’ is one of classiest albums that the ears have tuned into.

1. Tamil Pasanga

Voices: Benny Dayal, Sheezay, Psycho Unit

Buckle up your shoes and jump on to the dance floor. Rich in energy, enthusiasm and love for motherland, the album gets a real jump start with this song which is undoubtedly the Tamil anthem. Being a Tamillian is pride in itself and Na Muthukumar has chosen the right words to drive the song down your soul, and make you get up and dance. Given that Vijay plays a dancer in the movie, this track completely justifies his role. Racy, lively, sprightly and exhilarating, the song is a complete entertainer. You can just not keep put and not dance to this number.

2. Yaar Indha Saalai Oram

Voices: GV Prakash Kumar, Saindhavi

Just after all the energy in the first track, we have a lilting melodious duet. Though diametrically opposite from the previous track, this one clairvoyantly sets your mood to float in thin air. There may have been songs after songs on love, but nothing will practically match up to this one. And when rendered in the lovely voices of GV Prakash and Saindhavi, it is purely magical. Minimal instruments accompanied by timely beats adds depth to the song. Meanwhile, we believe that the secret behind Vijay’s tap dance is seeking to leak out. If one word has to describe the song, then it is beautiful!

3. Vaanganna Vanakkanganna

Voices: Vijay, Santhanam

Releasing prior to the actual release of the album, this song is a surprise package for, not only has Santhanam lent his voice to music for the first time, but also because this is Ilayathalapathy’s 25th song! Starting off casually and going on to become peppy, GV Prakash has ensured to make ‘soup’ song as foot tapping as possible. Yet another highlight of the song is that the composer himself is tapping his feet to this song, along with the graceful dancer, Vijay himself. The catchy song has elements of Arabian music and also typical ‘Kuthu’ feeling at times, and Vijay has crooned so convincingly inebriated. In all, ‘Vaanganna Vanakkanganna’ has a good hook about it.

4. The Ecstasy of Dance

Tunes: Kiran, Chennai Symphony

Every time there is an instrumental track from GV Prakash, it is goes on to become the chart topper. This one, we believe, is no exception. Aptly titled, this song is ecstatic, and transcends the listeners into a different world of bliss. The track predominantly uses wind and string instruments in an intelligent composition. This track will certainly prove to be the translation of the enchantment of dancing. At the end of two minutes, you’d wish the song is never ending.

5. Sol Sol

Voices: Vijay Prakash, Abhay Jodhpurkar, Megha

We have yet another racy number in the album; ‘Sol Sol’ is fresh and feels like a track tailored for dance. Creative usage of hip-hop elements and the right choice of voices tips the overall energy that the song offers. Choice of words is highly complementary to the mood set by music. Despite all the beats and energy packed into the song, the track still offers to be breezy and charming. With this, there is an incomparable contribution to dance floor, from GV Prakash.

6. Thalaivaa Thalaivaa

Voices: Haricharan, Pooja, Zia Ulhaq

Opening majestically, the track is a true tribute to a leader. After many years, we have a song that is purely in salutation of a forerunner. Inspirational and coercive in every note, the song has an imposing aura about it. A song that is all praise for a chieftain coincidentally sounds crafted for our dear Ilayathalapathy. Moving, dynamic, awakening and arousing, ‘Thalaivaa Thalaivaa’ is a humble and prestigious bow to the luminary.

Thalaivaa is all about energy and jive. Ranging from foot tapping to soul lifting, the album is elevating in all respects. For a crowd puller like Vijay, this album is aptly scored to be cheery and soulful. In all, GV Prakash has redefined music crafted for dance.

Rating: 3.75 / 5 – Energy packed

Verdict: Get up and dance

 

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