Mayilu is a tamil movie whose music has been composed by none other than the Maestro Ilayaraja. When Maestro composes for a movie, there are bound to be huge expectations. Lets see how the music has turned out.
1. Aadhisokka: Reeta
This is a typical Ilayaraja number. It has a folksy tune, along with interesting beats and is layered with synth. The flute-violin interlude turns the clock back by a few years and takes us back to the glory days of Raja. A sweet composition bu somehow lacking the punch.
2. Enna Kutham: Ilayaraja, Darshini
Sung by the Maestro himself, this is a beautiful composition. Sung with a lot of feel, Ilayaraja carries the song on his shoulders and delivers a commendable vocal performance that complements the melancholic tune of this number. Darshini’s humming is apt.
3. Kalyanaman Kalyanam: Reeta, Chinna Ponnu, Tippu, Thiruvudaiya
Ilayaraja is a master of weaving songs with a rustic flavour. He’s created several noteworthy folk songs in his prime that are famous even today. While the song possesses a somewhat interesting tune and has its amusing moments. The end result is not something remarkable. Something doesn’t add up. However, its passable.
4. Nammaloda Paatu: Karthik, Tippu
This is a joyous, feel good number that is quite enjoyable to listen. Karthik and Tippu do a neat job. The song is admirably orchestrated and the male, female chorus along with the accompanying folk beat make this song even more fun to listen to. Good one.
5. Thookamenna Thuyaramenna: Sriram Parthasarathy, Reeta
The song is a typical Ilayaraja melody. A mellifluous, hummable tune along with intricately orchestrated interludes and soothing vocals. Both the singers do justice to the song. But i was a bit dissatisfied with the beats. They seem too simple and a bit outdated. Portions of the song, however, remind us of the old Raja.
6. Yathea: Sriram Parthasarathy, Bhavatharini
Finally, everything falls in place in this song. A very fresh composition with some brilliant use of synth by the Maestro, accompanied by lovely vocals, especially by Bhavatharini. This song will have people hooked to it the very first time. This is surely the pick of this album. Good stuff.
Verdict: ‘Mayilu’ is a decent album from Ilayaraja. Its definitely not one of those albums that will stand the test of time. But it surely has quite a few hummable tunes and has its share of ‘Raja’ moments.