Yennai Arindhaal (Music review), Tamil – Harris Jayaraj

Sunitha Sarathy and Kharesma Ravichandran’s highly fangled Tamil jars in Yaen ennai, but Harris’ catchy tune has enough oomph, while the alluring sounds in Mazhai vara is highly reminiscent of Harris’ work for the late director Jeeva. Unakkenna venum depends on Benny’s vocals and the simple guitar background that Harris lovingly puts together, besides the wonderfully pleasant tune. Chinmayi, in the song’s sober version, Idhayathai yedho, does well too, with Thamarai’s lyrics too coming to the fore! Devan handles the title song admirably well, but Harris’ funky backgrounds contribute more to the song’s appeal. Adhaaru adhaaru is a crowd-pleasing kuthu that gets everything right – Vijay Prakash and Gana Bala are on top of the raucous track. The soundtrack’s surprise is Maya bazaar, an interesting melange that mixes dubstep’py goodness delivered by Krishna Iyer, with a fabulously retro melody led by Aalaap Raju and Priya Subramanian, and then a techno-folk mix handled superbly by Velmurugan that also holds a nadaswaram-based Kalyana samayal saadham prelude, to go with the Gadothkajan opening… only to end in a waltz’y note repeating the retro tune in a new perspective! Yennai Arindhaal is Harris’ best in a long time, thanks largely to director Gautam Menon!

Keywords: Yennai Arindhaal, Harris Jayaraj, Gautam Vasudev Menon, 200, #200