Thursday October 8, 2015

Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (Music review), Tamil – Anirudh

Posted by Karthik

Starting with just guitar, Anirudh builds on Thangamey‘s sound progressively well, particularly a really well-placed violin solo by Ananthakrishnan. The tune is phenomenally engaging, including an anupallavi that goes interestingly off tangent. Neeyum naanum‘s melody is gobsmackingly beautiful, and as if not content with that, Anirudh loads it with so much more, including Neeti Mohan’s fantastic vocals, a catchy chorus by himself that layers wonderfully over Neeti’s lines, a superb mix of piano (by Anirudh and Leon James) and Manonmani’s sarangi, and even a brilliant kanjira phrase, by Selvaganesh. Benny Dayal’s throughly enjoyable swagger rocks the title song, thanks also to Anirudh’s flashy tune and Martin’s sax and baritone. Sid Sriram gets further stereotyped in his soul/gospel style singing in Yennai maatrum kadhale, but it works quite well given the tune’s inherent beauty. The Coldplay’ish interlude is a brilliant touch by Anirudh, as is the way he ends it with a mash-up of the title song’s hook. Kannaana kanne, while being sung by Sean Roldan, amazingly sounds like a typical Sean Roldan tune too, complete with celtic-style strings by Chennai Strings Orchestra and accordion! After a series of so-so soundtracks, Anirudh comes back with a bang in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan!

PS: The 6th song of the soundtrack, Varavaa Varvaa was released much after the first 5 songs. This is also the weakest song of the album that, barring the catchy, repetitive Varavaa hook, is adequately background’ish.

Keywords: Anirudh, Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, 200, #200

Listen to the songs on Saavn. (all 6 songs)



  • gmbv5m5

    awesome lyrics enhances the album….

  • Say Something

    Thangamey: Good.
    Neeyum naanum: A melody that gets nowhere. Nice try!
    Kannaana kanne: Typical Sean Roldan.
    Other two songs are just there.
    Album is 5000 words — oh, that’s 1000 words per song, if anyone bothers to count them.

  • Jagan Kumaravelu

    Great album! After a mediocre Maari, Anirudh hits the perfect notes. But somehow, I didn’t enjoy Kannaana Kanne as much due to the voice of Sean Roldan. Even now I hear it, feel like saying “dude please clear your throat before singing”. Also the “Rasathi” (Thiruda Thiruda) feel is quite evident in this song.

  • Rathnavelu

    Musically, it’s a high note for Anirudh. Still don’t understand half the garble he sings over his towering BGM in his songs. Maybe that’s the trend these days? Better than his last couple of albums, absolutely!

  • Sathyajit Krishnan

    Significant difference in quality in music from Anirudh from his Previous “Mass” kind of movies! Kannane Kanne sounds fab but reminds me a lot of Aagayam from Madras & Naan Yein Pirandhen from Rahman’s Coke Studios. Great spot on that Colplayish interlude on Yennai Matrum Kadhale! More of the same from Anirudh Please!!

  • Matter Boy

    Thangamey is a copy of chikku bukku raiyile and podu aattam podu (vallavaan). Turning a blind eye?

  • Pericles

    Well noted Matter boy! Anirudh gobbles HJ when it comes to rehash and mashup making us forget to give the credit to the original composer. Thangamae is a copy of the tune from 20 seconds onwards to 40 seconds of the opening tune of Chikku Bukku Railae composed by A.R. Rahman. However, should be also ashamed to say that this song is enjoyable as much as Donnu Donnu from Maari rehashed from Athadi Ammadi of the movie Idhayathai Thirudathe composed by Ilayaraja.

  • Uday Kiran

    Karthik, Telugu version of this album has been released give it a listen, MM Keeravani, Chinmayi etc.are the singers.

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