Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Jun 21,2013
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Production: Chandra Prakash Jain, CP Dinesh, CP Sunil
Cast: Abhimanyu Singh, Amala Paul, Rajiv Pillai, Santhanam, Sathyaraj, Vijay
Direction: AL Vijay
Screenplay: AL Vijay
Story: AL Vijay
Music: GV Prakash Kumar
Background score: GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Dialogues: AL Vijay
Editing: Anthony
Stunt choreography: Silva
Dance choreography: Chinni Prakash
Singers: Abhay Jodhpurkar, Benny Dayal, G.V. Prakash Kumar, Haricharan, Megha, Pooja, Psycho Unit, Saindhavi, Santhanam, Sheezay, Vijay, Vijay Prakash, Zia Ul Haq
Lyrics : Na. Muthukumar
PRO: Nikhil Murugan
Distribution: Vendhar Movies

Thalaivaa is one of the year’s most anticipated films starring Vijay and Amala Paul and directed by director Vijay. The film has G.V.Prakash continuing his partnership with director Vijay yet again and the album has 6 songs all written by Na. Muthukumar.

Tamil Pasanga
Singers: Benny Dayal, Psycho Unit, Sheezay
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

Psycho Unit’s intro Tamil rap sets the tone of the song and is guaranteed to raise the hairs of Vijay fans. The track features inventive processed beats that builds a groove which allows room for Vijay to show off his dance moves. Pyshco Unit’s second appearance is as impressive as his first, followed by a nice synth hook by GV. The vocal melody is easy to follow and makes a quick impression. Benny Dayal’s vocals are processed to an extent to suit the song’s theme and he does deliver an energetic performance. The lyrics are sure to strike a chord with the fans.

Yaar Indha Saalaioram
Singers: G.V. Prakash Kumar, Saindhavi
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

G.V comes up with yet another ‘family duet’ that is as well crafted as the couple’s earlier partnerships in the past, if not better. Maybe G.V is saving the best for himself and Saindhavi, and they don’t disappoint as they do possess a magical chemistry. The orchestration is simply grand especially with the string section being effectively used. A soft song but thoroughly enjoyable because of the sparkling melodic hooks and engaging orchestration.

Vaanganna Vanakkanganna
Singers: Santhanam, Vijay
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

The highly celebrated 25th ‘bhang-song’ sung by Vijay himself makes for the single most high point of this album. Santhanam too features in this song offering his classic ad-libs but its Vijay who singlehandedly propels this tune to delightfully dizzying heights. Vijay plays both actor and singer at the same time as he emotively slurs his way through hilarious lyrics, more drunken philosophies about love, without missing a note. G.V backs up the singer with infectious percussions and middle-eastern strings but all the roads eventually lead to the singer. Vijay – well done bro!

Sol Sol
Singers: Abhay Jodhpurkar, Megha, Vijay Prakash
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

A racy electronic dance number right at the midpoint of the soundtrack to ensure that the built up momentum is sustained. The tune has just about enough to scrape through into this high profile album. The treatment given by G.V helps the song escape being an overly generic western tune, despite the objective being the very same. He throws in some catchy synth hooks just when the track seems to be plateau-ing out. The male singers Vijay Prakash, Abhay Jodhpurkar deliver spirited performances as the track rides mostly on them.

The Ecstacy of Dance
Singers: Chennai Symphony, Instrumental, Kiran

An instrumental with the flute taking the centre stage initially as the Violins dance in the background setting the groove. The brief tune builds up nicely featuring the melody of ‘Yaar indha Salai’ and knows exactly when to end.

Thalaivaa Thalaivaa
Singers: Haricharan, Pooja, Zia Ul Haq
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

A bit of Ilaiayaraja’s resonance is evident in the opening notes of the song and during the mid-section. Otherwise the track’s direction and focus remains on setting up a pulsating theme that’s clearly played to the gallery. The male chorus may seem rather simple but it does pack a punch nevertheless. The violins add the necessary drama. The echoing vocals are a clever production touch and ensure that ‘Thalapathy Thalapathy’ is ringing in your ears long after the song is over.

Verdict: A true Thalivaa for the fans, high on energy and drama!



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