Ethir Neechal


Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Dec 14,2012
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Production: Dhanush
Cast: Nandita, Priya Anand, Sivakarthikeyan
Direction: Senthil
Screenplay: Senthil
Story: Senthil
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography: Velraj
Editing: Noor Azwan
Singers: Adhi, Anirudh Ravichander, Dhanush, Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Goshal, Velmurugan, Vivek Siva, YOYO Honey Singh
Lyrics : Dhanush, R.S. Durai Senthil Kumar, Vaali

Ethir Neechal is directed by Senthil, a former associate of Vettrimaran, and features Sivakarthikeyan, Priya Anand and Nandita in the lead. The film will see Anirudh attempting to follow his successful debut in ‘3’.

Nijamellam Maranthu Pochu
Singers: Anirudh Ravichander, Dhanush
Lyrics: Dhanush

The album’s opener is a down-tempo  electronica track with a beautiful flute intro. Dhanush as the lyricist takes care to indulge in some self-censorship with the English words. Both him and Anirudh lend their voices that goes through its share of filters. The song has several layers packaged into it and does give the impression of being slightly over-produced.

Boomi Enna Suthudhe
Singers: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyrics: Dhanush

The song begins with a soft organ & guitar driven melody but just as you’re bracing yourself for it to explode into a some sort of bouncy bubble gum pop track, you’re pleasantly surprised with the restrained treatment of the song. Anirudh’s singing seems pretty laid back which goes with the mood of the song. Dhanush as the lyricist keeps things simple as usual. The song has its share of hooks and melodies to find a place in the charts.

Ethir Neechal
Singers: Adhi, Anirudh Ravichander, YOYO Honey Singh
Lyrics: Vaali

The song’s presentation is unique as Vaali’s hope inspiring lyrics are set to party music. The song is filled with several gimmicks that play to the youth. The beats are designed to get you bouncing in your seat and Anirudh lends his own voice over it. YOYO Honey and Hip Hop Tamizha Adhi exchange introductions to their respective rap portions, the former’s in Hindi and the latter’s in Tamil, and despite being a fairly short opportunity, they both shine.

Velicha Poove Va
Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal
Lyrics: Vaali

This track is yet another soft romantic tune that brims with overpowering orchestration. Flute and strings being the main players throughout the song. The progression of the chorus melody makes it the high point of the song. Both Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal deliver professional performances. Mohit’s pronunciation of Tamil words has the same charm that Udit Narayan once brought to the industry with his voice.

Un paarvayil
Singers: Anirudh Ravichander, Vivek Siva
Lyrics: R.S. Durai Senthilkumar

Clocking it at just over a minute and half there is very little to take away from the tune except for reminding ourselves of Anirudh’s preferred instruments like the folk percussions, strings and flute.

Local Boys
Singers: Dhanush, Velmurugan
Lyrics: R.S. Durai Senthilkumar

Loud and fast, just how people like their kuthu songs! The track’s personality has a sort of a heavy metal relentlessness to it. The change over provides some relief before getting into the break neck speed once again. Dhanush & Velmurugan steam through their fiery performance.

Verdict: The album does well to consolidate Anirudh’s sensational debut.