Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Dec 04,2012
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Production: T. Ramesh
Cast: Trisha Krishnan, Vishal Krishna
Direction: Thiru
Screenplay: Thiru
Story: Thiru
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Background score: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Richard M. Nathan
Editing: Antony L Ruben
Singers: K.G. Ranjith, Naveen Madhav, Rita, Shweta Mohan, Suchitra, Udit Narayan, Yuvan Shankar Raja
Lyrics : Na. Muthukumar
PRO: Nikhil Murugan

Samar sees director Thiru teaming up with hero Vishal and music director Yuvanshankar Raja for the second time after Theeradha Vilayattu Pillai. The film has Vishal, Trisha, Sunaina and Manoj Bajpai all playing important roles.

Poikkaal Kuthirai
Singers: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

The processed vocals in the beginning give the sense of delusion. The song is dark and gritty with menacing beats and synth effects. There is some relief half way through the song when we hear the more familiar voice of Yuvan. The song’s lyrics and mood describe someone suffering from mental claustrophobia and the sounding of the alarm towards the end may suggest that the person is set for a rude awakening.

Oru Kannil Vaegam
Singers: K.G. Ranjith, Naveen Madhav, Suchitra
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

The tune is pretty generic in terms of sound and approach. The opening chords are a bit reminiscent of ‘Poga poga’ from Pattiyal. The lyrics are typical of a hero introduction song, with the words praising his speed, strength and fearlessness. Ranjith and Naveen Madhav are good choices for a youthful male voice while Suchitra chips in with the common English fillers.

Vellai Maiyil
Singers: Shweta Mohan, Udit Narayan
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

The song features the unmistakable voice of Udit Narayan, but there are times where it does get a touch nasal. It’s a soft romantic number in the backdrop of a drum n bass groove. Yuvan does make room for some live instruments like the flute and veena, the latter especially has a nice solo. Both singers seem to feed off each other quite nicely, Shwetha Mohan particularly impresses with her emoting.

Rajaavin Thoattathil
Singers: K.G. Ranjith, Rita
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

A bouncy tune that’s pretty simple and straightforward. The melody and hooks are connatural and mostly of the widely accepted kind. Rita’s voice goes through a few overdubs and is processed in places to give it a dark yet sensuous tone. Ranjith is made to sound mysterious and chant out English lines that are far from being original or profound.

Azhagho Azhaghu
Singers: Naresh Iyer
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

This would have to be the most radio-friendly tune of the entire bunch in the album. Again, the groove carries a strong resemblance to Yuvan’s earlier work, this time ‘En Kadhal Solla’ from Paiyaa. But the melodies are pleasant, especially the “ayayyo” chorus segments, and the presentation is neat despite being almost customary for Yuvan’s own standards.

Verdict: The album on the whole is a collection of new sounds, that are dark and sometimes jarring, and generic tunes that lack the spark that Yuvan showed with his earlier releases this year!



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