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GOA MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Malathy Sundaram
Music Director : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Vocals : Karthik Raja, Venkat Prabhu, Bavatharini, Premgi Amaren, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Dr.Ilayaraja, S.P.Charan, Yugendran, Vasudevan Nair, Krish, Ranjith, Tanvi, Suchitra, Ajeesh, Andrea, Dr.S.P.Balasubramaniam, Chitra, Benny Dayal, Mamta Mohandas
Lyrics :  Gangai Amaren, Vaali
Produced by Soundarya Rajinikanth and directed by Venkat Prabhu, this film is supposedly based on a real life incident that happened in Goa- the murder of a British teenager. The star cast includes Jai, Vaibhav Reddy, Arvind Akash, Piaa Bajpai, Premgi Amaran, Sneha, Marie Melanie Jobstreibitzer( an Australian) Sampath Raj and others. The film is supposed to be a romantic comedy with the unique touch of Venkat Prabhu and has been shot in Goa, Theni and Langkawi. Yuvan Shankar Raja composes music for this movie and also appears in a song sequence. There are nine songs in the album though not all are likely to find a place on screen.

Yelelu Thalamuraikkum
...
Vocals: Karthik Raja, Venkat Prabhu, Bavatharini, Premgi Amaren, Yuvan Shankar Raja.

Lyrics: Gangai Amaren

A cosy little ‘family’ number, what say? A song expressing
  Goa
 
traditional reverence to the Supreme One. A wee bit of family history included! Very neat usage of tabla, native percussions and soft music makes it delightful in spite of the familiar pattern.

Ooru Nalla Ooru...

Vocals:
Dr.Ilayaraja
Lyrics: Vaali

This song agonises over the divisive elements that create sorrow in the life of a group of youngsters. Very pert lyrics from Vaali and sung with feeling by Ilayaraja. Seems to touch upon Chakravaham raga. Again the rhythm arrangement is very good.


Adidaa Naiyandiyae...
Vocals:
S.P.Charan, Yugendran, Vasudevan Nair.
Lyrics: Vaali

A spirited celebration of the Temple Car festival, or so it appears. Breezy lyrics, especially the lines’kizhisa ilaiyil kaathu nikkadhu’ and ‘ramaraasan nenappilae’! A folksy use what appears to be Useni raga. But oddly, the fine nagaswaram bits don’t blend smoothly with the song all that well. Pretty usual stuff.


Goa...
Vocals:
Krish, Ranjith, Tanvi, Suchitra .Rapping: Chynk Showtyme( what a name!) Pav Bundy.
Lyrics: Vaali


Fun lyrics again, from Vaali, especially the ‘go’ ‘vaa’ part. The song, obviously the title number, talks of the heady cosmopolitan feel that the place exudes and also cheekily anticipates the success of this movie (hattrick adi). The rhythms have a certain ‘goanese’ feel to them.

Idhu Varai...
Vocals: Ajeesh, Andrea
Lyrics: Gangai Amaren

A soft romantic number with very pleasant music bits that again have a distinct ‘goanese’ touch to them. Though this song gives you a ‘heard before’ feel, it has been stylishly put together and is likely to hit the charts soon for its unhurried sweetness.

Vaaliba Vaa Vaa...
Vocals: Dr.Ilayaraja, Dr.S.P.Balasubramaniam, Chitra
Lyrics: Gangai Amaren

Until Chitra begins her Reetigowla raga humming, you are left wondering if the raga used is Suddha Danyasi. Such is the clever accent on the swaras’sa pa ma ga sa’ without the ‘dha’. Very jauntily strung together, especially the catchy rhythms. The mridangam adds an ethnic touch along with the lovely flute notes at the end. A song of revelry, some lines make you arch your eyebrows- let us wait for the context in which they are sung.

Kaadhal Enral...
Vocals:
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Lyrics: Gangai Amaren

Obviously the cry of a jilted lover. A sweet bit in Kiravani with neat string and guitar notes.


Idai Vazhi...
Vocals:
Benny Dayal, Mamta Mohandas
Lyrics: Vaali

Vaali still has plenty of youthful stuff in him! The passion in the lyrics is well matched by the sheer urgency in the percussions and the song shifts gear in the second half. We have some delectable sitar bits here. Benny and Mamta( remember her ‘Villu’ number?) bring a lot of zest to this song. Could hit the charts for its rhythms


Goa (Club Mix). Remixed by Yuvan Shankar Raja...

A neat remix of song no.4. Does it play in the very end?


Verdict:

A neat and slick album that mixes the predictable and the pleasantly novel. Yuvan scores again in the rhythm department. One truly wishes the film is equally lively and fulfils Venkat Prabhu’s ‘hattrick’ aspiration.
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