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Billa
 
Billa - Music Review By Venkat
“I am back”, signs off Ajith in the trailer. He sure is back, and back in style, with all the hype and hoopla that he is getting from the media. Now to the bigger question, will Yuvan help him in his endeavor with some good music? Let’s find out.

Sei Ethavathu - Neha Bhasin, Preethi Balla
Lyrics: Pa. Vijay

The song starts off through some techno beats with Arabic overtones.
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Highlight remains Neha and Preethi’s voices, guess Yuvan’s gotten hooked on to her voice after the success of Pesugiren from Sathum Podathey, their previous collaboration. Seems like the song which Helen performed in the Hindi original, Yeh Mera Dil, not in tune but in situation. The best part is the bass guitar and lead guitar interludes. Layering on tunes gives more depth to Pa.Vijay’s lyrics.

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Naan Meendum - Deepika
Lyrics:
Pa. Vijay

A dampener of sorts, it has pretty familiar rhythm to it and the loops seem a mish mash of sorts with the theme tune brought in midway. The subtle percussions in the interludes, bongos supposedly, make it interesting. The song has some great high scale violin work but the accompaniments camouflage the underlying raw beats. A bit too eclectic, Pa.Vijay’s lyrics don’t do much to elevate the song either.

Vethalaiya Pottendi - Shankar Mahadevan
Lyrics:
Kannadasan

Yuvan’s attempt at remixing a classic, starts of with a DJ style scratch mixing of the tunes and slowly transforms into a kuthu number with Shankar Mahadevan easily at his recent best trying to replicate the magic of the original rendered by Malaysia Vasudevan. With some great foot tapping beats, the song has everything for the masses. If the team can back it up with some solid onscreen performance, rest assured of Ajith’s fans gate crashing the theatres for this number. Kannadasan’s lyrics lend credibility and instill nostalgia in the listener.


Saeval Kodi – Vijay Yesudas, chorus
Lyrics: Pa. Vijay

A Fast paced number banking heavily on the folk flavor and Pa. Vijay’s peppy lyrics. Impressive use of local beats; most probably the intro song for the Rajappa character. Vijay Yesudas’s voice adds some zeal to this song that is full of energy. Another number all set to rock Ajith’s fans.




My name is billa – Kay Kay, Naveen
Lyrics: Kannadasan

The most expected song of the album leaves a lot to be desired. The coarseness and the thump in the original are missing. This is one song which will depend directly on some onscreen magic.

The song also seems to have subtle instrumentation which might be lost on ordinary audio systems. Kay Kay and Naveen have tried hard to do a SPB, not a bad attempt on their part. You seldom hear M.S.Viswnathan’s voice that is credited in the album for this song. Yuvan has ended up softening the song too much. Parts where the song sticks to the original tune without any mixing makes you realize the appeal the original would have had or still continues to have.

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Theme – Yuvan Shankar Raja

The soul of the film!

Stands out as the highlight of the album, giving that eerie feel required of a film about a don. Interesting composition with arrangements that spell international quality from mixing to the mood it creates. Watch out for the fabulous guitar.

Verdict:

Yuvan has tried his best to match up to the expectation, but perhaps the asking is of very high order. If you are looking for another peppy and groovy album from the young music director, you have it, but for those looking for variety music it might tad disappoint. With songs which seem to be more situational, it will depend a lot on the visuals, director Vishnu will have to offer.

Overall rating :
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