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NAAN AVAN ILLAI 2 MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Malathy Sundaram

Music Director : D. Imman
Vocals : Shail Hada, Nityashree, Ben.G, Neha Bhasin, Javed Ali, Shreya Ghosal, Imman, Jyotsna, Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan, Suvi.
Lyrics : Pa.Vijay, Vivega, Vaali, Yugabarathy.

Produced by Hitesh Jhabak, written and directed by Selva, this film is a sequel to the movie ‘Naan Avanillai’ made in 2007. Jeevan plays the hero with Sangeetha, Lakshmi Rai, Rakshana Maurya, Sweta Menon, Sruti Prakash and others supporting him. D. Imman scores music for this album - he is supposed to have replaced Vijay Antony. There are six songs in this album along with a small percussive bit.

Manmada Leelaiyai...
Vocals: Shail Hada, Nityashree, Ben.G
Lyrics: Pa.Vijay


A truly creative piece where hip-hop meets desi beats! The start makes you wonder if this song is composed in Charukesi raga, but Imman deftly steers it away to Shanmukapriya with slight alterations to the ‘ga’ and ‘ma’ swaras. The title song, of course, that speaks about an unabashed skirt-chaser. Fine support from the clarinet and nagaswaram. Listen to it for the way everything has been put together.

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Thooyavaney...
Vocals: Neha Bhasin
Lyrics: Vivega


Everything about this song is seductive - be it the lyrics, the twinkling guitars, the airy sax notes that go ’sa ri ga ga ga ma ga ri sa saa’ at the start or the lovely beats. Neha carries off the nuances of Kiravani raga effortlessly especially when she soars up and glides down in the second charanam. Could be liked for its polish.


Southern Aroma: Instrumental

Yet another testimony to Imman’s creativity. A cool blending of Indian percussive rhythms and lead guitars.


Naangu Kangal...
Vocals:
Javed Ali, Shreya Ghosal
Lyrics: Pa.Vijay


There is something about Kiravani raga that brings out the best in Javed Ali (remember his delightful ‘Yaedho Seygirai’ from ‘Vaamanan?’) and Shreya Ghosal is so effortless here. The strong violins convey passion and the woodwind instruments add tender touches of their own. Well planned rhythms which are soothing. This could be a hit too.


O Maria...
Vocals:
Imman, Jyotsna
Lyrics: Vaali


Oh, this young man simply rocks! The songs itself is strung together with lines from Vaali’s yesteryear hits, but see how Imman has packed them into a simple Kiravani scale and has a blast singing it along with Jyotsna. The start is so cute! Would be fun to see how many like this number.


Sollamalae...
Vocals:
Sadhana Sargam
Lyrics:
Yugabarathy

A pensive number that descends like dew into our ears because of its easy wavelike pattern and the soft string (veena?) accompaniment. Sadhana is delightful, as only Sadhana can be. An interesting use of Sindubairavi scale, especially the ‘ni’ swara.


Baaga Unnara...
Vocals:
Udit Narayan, Suvi
Lyrics: Vivega


A very banal number, but what redeems it is the excellent quality of the drum work. Must be a high voltage dance number, going by the suggestive lyrics.


Verdict:

It must be said to Imman’s credit - he has been able to bring out two back-to-back albums with no dip in quality. It is nice to see that he can churn out softer melodies too. We heartily wish him many more interesting albums.

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