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Review by : C. Karthik
Music Director : Harris Jayaraj
Vocals : Aalaap Raju, Naresh Iyer, Mahathi, Gopal Rao. Richard, Karthik, Prashanthini, Emcee Jesz, Kash n’ Krissy, Raninia Reddy, Harish Raghavendra, Chinmayi.
Lyrics : Thamarai, Vaali, Emcee Jesz, Kash, Madhan Karky, Na. Muthukumar.
Engeyum Kadhal, earlier titled 'Ich', has been in the news for quite a while. With Prabhu Deva calling the shots, Jayam Ravi and Hansika Motwani have acted in lead roles. Produced by AGS entertainment, Harris Jayaraj returns to the
  Engeyum Kadhal
marquee after a hiatus in Tamil in Engeyum Kadhal. The audio of the movie is out and let us see what this album has in store.

Engeyum Kadhal…

Vocals: Aalaap Raju

Lyrics: Thamarai

Is there a romantic movie without melodies? The album starts well with Aalaap Raju's lovely rendition of Engeyum Kadhal. Thamarai's lyrics add charm to this brilliant number. Close your eyes and imagine a frosty afternoon in Paris and you would not want to open your eyes till the song ends. The western influence in the middle is very typical of Harris' earlier albums. Simple arrangements comparing Harris' standards but it surely works. Do you want to press the rewind button?

Thee Illai…

Vocals: Naresh Iyer, Mahathi, Gopal Rao
Lyrics: Vaali

This one is for the broken hearted. If you think this will be moody and blue, Harris surprises us with something different. Vaali is at his best with verses like "Thee illai Pugai illai ... oru Velvi seigirai vizhiyile", "Nool Illai thari illai... oru Kaadhal neigirai manadhile" and "Ennai unnidam izhakiren...irunthum illaiyai irukiren....". Harris strives to be different but the interluding music and the chorus does not substitute well. Naresh and Mahathi give life to the song and though it does not appeal instantaneously, it will catch you like fire.


Vocals: Richard
Lyrics: Vaali

Richard screams out 'Valliye Chakkaravalliye' at the start of this song. Just when you think we are going to listen to something different, Harris turns to Michael Jackson for inspiration. Heavily loaded and typically western, Nangaai defies the meaning of the word with the kind of arrangements used. The song falls flat in the middle where there is a brief desi (read kuthu) influence. With lots of energy, this song will be liked by a section of people. This one may spring a surprise!

Karthik, Prashanthini
Lyrics: Thamarai

Karthik begins well in this song but it is hard not to think of Harris' earlier compositions. With synthesised voices, the lyrics seem to drown under the music a bit. There is nothing special about this romantic number other than Thamarai's catchy lyrics. Steel drums and sounds of saxophone add value towards the end but the song is only an addition to the album. A regular Harris' number!

Bathing at Cannes…
Vocals: Emcee Jesz, Kash n’ Krissy, Raninia Reddy
Lyrics: Emcee Jesz, Kash

Kash n' Krissy return to Engeyum Kadhal after breaking Endhiran's heart. Bathing at Cannes reminds of many English pop songs. A short song with overwhelming English lyrics, it is hard to categorize this one. It leaves a feeling that it is a slow-mo version of a latest hit song. Does not appeal as much!

Nenjil Nenjil…
Vocals: Harish Raghavendra, Chinmayi
Lyrics: Madan Karky

Has the Harris-Harish team ever disappointed us? Here, Harish has the brilliant Chinmayi for company too! With 'mirudangam' and chimes in the background, this song is a definite entry into the charts. Madan Karky's lyrics add a different dimension to the existing romance. Nenjil Nenjil is mesmerizing and is a must-listen!

Dhimu Dhimu…
Vocals: Karthik
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

Fantastic guitar strums invite you to Dhimu Dhimu. Karthik's voice and the path the song travels later follows a routine but is listen-worthy, Harris takes his time in getting you involved in this song. Though it subdues in certain points, Karthik picks up the pace and does keep us engaged. A good end to a romantic album!


Overall, Engeyum Kadhal is a breezy, romantic album with a few different sounds and percussions. A few songs bear the typical Harris Jayaraj stamp and the rest are ready to stay in the Top 10 list for a while. We feel that Harris wanted to play it safe, devoid of any experiments, though Bathing in Cannes could appeal as a new genre in Tamil music. The album will definitely appeal to the masses and once the videos go on air, it is certain to make more people inquisitive!
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