A prequel to a film is something Kollywood is new to. With Billa-2, the seedshave now been sown. It is always tricky to score music for a second film in afranchise - the music shouldn't lose the essence it created in the first edition. Onthe other hand, repetition is not an option as well. A right balance of carrying thejuice from the previous edition and refreshingly new tunes is what would strikegold. Let's see if Yuvan has struck gold with the album of Billa-2.
1. Edho Oru Mayakkam
This song is all set to boom through discotheques and pubs in Chennai in the nearfuture with its catchy lyrics, techno music in which Yuvan seems to be reveling inthe last 2-3 years. The inclusion of the nadhaswaram portion is genial stuff. Livelyrenditions from Yuvan, Suvi & Tanvi support amply.
2. Unakkulle Mirugama
song that talks of the hero's re-invention is something that Kollywood is not newto. This one fits into that category. Yuvan has gone completely Rock and Metalwith this one. Ranjith's work is impressive; the lyrics too make immense sense.The juxtaposition of the famous Billa tone makes this the 'Naan meendumnaanaga vendum' version of Billa-2.
This one's my pick of the album. Again, Yuvan gets into the techno mode and aplethora of synthetic music rings in your ears to create a nice buzz. The lyricselevate David Billa's heroic status to higher pedestals. When Yuvan sings the Billatune and croons 'David Billa, Billa is the monster', the song gets narcissistic butthat's how David Billa is and that's why it fits perfectly!
This one's a surprise melody among songs high on beats. Here again, the lyrics areworth mentioning. A calm loop in the background, interludes of veenai, flute andtabla doing their rounds and a sweet and spotless rendition by Shweta combine tomake this song the surprise package of the album.
5. Madurai Ponnu
An uncanny music to begin with catches attention, the regular kuthu beats thatfollow provides contrast and Andrea singing the 'bad-girl' lines makes this aroutine Yuvan song. However, the re-jig of the music used in 'Ajith-Premgi'Mankatha sequence in the form of Nadaswaram shows Yuvan's mischievoussmartness! This one's for the theatres.
ThemeBilla-1's theme stands among the best of themes in Kollywood. There was alwaysa doubt if Yuvan could come up with something comparably good in Billa-2.However, he seems to have come up with something that's even a tad better! Theinitial portions of the theme are in no way inferior to the Zack Hemsey touch ofthe Inception theme and the latter portions with the Billa whistle thematicallyrepresent the mean ruthless & calm villainy of the don that Billa is! This music issure to set the screen on fire when it gets played.
Overall, the album has variety, the songs bear energy and the music appears to behighly relevant to what a Billa story can offer. To answer the very first question onwhether Yuvan has struck gold, it is safe to say 'Yes, he surely has!'