This is one album most would be expecting for so many reasons like Harris’s first after Ko and for the ARM-Harris-Suriya combo.
Expectations are sky-high. Lets see whats delivered.
1. Oh Ringa Ringa!
This one’s a typical HJ hip-hop number ranging from the likes of Pudhu Pudhu from Dhaam Dhoom
and Damakku Damakku from Aadhavan (incidentally a Suriya-HJ intro number). The lyrical side takes
a setback for the composer to experiment with the audiography, great mixing. Will reach better with
visuals, shot in bustling Chennai Localities, a first for a biggie.
2. Mun Andhi
Very melifluous. Pleasing. Karthik elevates an otherwise familiar Harris melody to a new quantum.
Visuals by DOP Ravi K Chandran will take it even further for sure. Sureshot hit.
3. Yellae Lama
Intensely energetic! Great singing from the ensemble vocals. Sruthi Hassan impresses again after
Adiye Kolluthe from VA. This would be the ‘Oru Maalai’ for 7am Arivu. Addictive too.
4. Yamma Yamma
One song, Harris decides to tone down things and bask in the glory of SPB! Its out and out the legend’s
piece of the gone-out-of-love boy’s melancholy. Wake-up call for Kollywood to give good numbers that really
bring the best out of him. The toned down BG helps a lot in conveying the song’s sense. Swetha is apt.
One of the best in the album.
5. Innum Yenna Thozha
One of the few lyrically brilliant songs that come once in a blue-moon in here. Pa.Vijay’s the best when
it comes to writing inspirational numbers, this one’s dedicated to the Srilankan Tamils supposedly.
‘Panimootam vandhu padindhenna, kadum pagalavan maraiyuma?
Pagaimootam vandhu paniyamal engal iru vizhi uranguma? ‘
Music-wise, blaring techno could have avoided, the composer could have resorted to softer notes.
Balram makes a great comeback after his extremely appraised Kaatrin Mozhi . A low point in the
album, yet a great listen. How’s that? 🙂
6. The Rise of Damo
Last number’s the crest of the album, the icing on the cake.
Extremely authentic Oriental music with great singing by Hao Wang and lyrics by Madhan Karki,
that conveys a sense of mystery. Music sounds like a rhyme (A.B.C.D….EFG 😛 ) first and then proceeds to
amazing orchestration with apt choice of instruments, and the Mridangam interludes add a new dimension to
this number. Defines a new genre to Indian film music, easily the pick of the album.
Upside: Orchestration; Apt choice of singers, instruments ; Experimentation
Downside: Lyrics in few cases; Familiarity
7am Arivu is totally a great album, definitely worth buying.
I go with a 3.5 on 5 for this..A 10 pointer rating will be given after polling soon.
P.S: Have a look at the Chinese-Tamil lyrics at http://madhankarky.blogspot.com/2011/09/song-zhe-yindu-nanzi.html .