When Thalaivar and ThalaivAR come together for a soundtrack, expectations rise to the zenith. This year, Lingaa is here. Here is what I think about the five songs from the film.
Oh Nanba: Singers – SP. Balasubramaniam, Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Lyrics – Vairamuthu (PICK)
AR Rahman starts the album with this track which has a Spanish/Salsa base to it. With the EDM beat at the background, Rahman picks the frontrunner for Thalaivar’s intro songs to croon this one. Though I would have loved more of ADK in the mix, SPB’s superb rendition takes this through. Watch out for the Arabic and string bits which are effortlessly fused into the composition.
En Mannava: Singers – Aditi Paul, Srinivas, Lyrics – Vairamuthu (PICK)
Being the love duet set in the historical portion, Rahman ropes in a Hindi flavour to this track. With the lovable vocals of Aditi Paul which come with Srinivas’ able support, this song ends up being a beauty. Vairamuthu’s lyrics add a wonderful essence to the song, which has the classical interludes as the icing on the cake.
Indiane Vaa: Singer – AR Rahman, Lyrics – Vairamuthu
Though ‘Indiane Vaa’ brings back memories of the composer’s tunes in Kochadaiyaan, Rahman and his flawless rendition are more than enough to keep this song in the ring. Vairamuthu’s inspirational lyrics which stress on the importance of water and the feeling of togetherness do convey the intentions well. Towards the end, the song does get a tad too lengthy and crawls towards its finish.
Mona Gasolina: Singers – Mano, Neeti Mohan, Tanvi Shah, Lyrics – Madhan Karky (PICK)
If you were waiting for the point where AR Rahman gets unpredictable and goes crazy, it is right here. Mona Gasolina is an out-of-the-box track which is rocketed up with Mano’s vocals, the ante rising with the passing second. His voice modulation along with Neeti’s and Tanvi’s stylish rendition take this peppy track to an enormously entertaining level. Smart work from Madhan Karky too!
Unmai Oru Naal Vellum: Singer – Haricharan, Lyrics – Vairamuthu
The only track in the album with no recall value. Even though Haricharan tries to keep this going, the song gets monotonous and goes stale. To be frank, this doesn’t even sound like an ARR composition.
Lingaa is a sparkling soundtrack, with its own share of innovation and enjoyable moments. Albeit being far from AR Rahman’s best, the composer has come up with a fitting soundtrack for a commercial movie. The songs will surely get onto you with repeated hearings, and sound even better with the visuals. Lingaa isn’t among the golden club of AR Rahman, but at the same time, it is by no means a bad album.
The mozart churns out another entertaining album for the Superstar!
3.5 / 5