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Pizza is an upcoming Tamil movie starring Vijay Sethupathi and Ramya Nambeesan in the lead. The movie has been directed by Karthik Subburaj and the music has been composed by Santhosh Narayanan. The movie’s trailer generated a buzz on youtube. Let us see how the songs have fared.

Song Rating
Mogathirai ★★★★☆
Rathiri (Decent Version) ★★★☆☆
Engo Odugindrai ★★★☆☆
Pizza Theme ★★★★½
Rathiri (Arath Version) ★★★½☆
Dhinakkudha ★★★☆☆
Rathiri (Rap Version) ★★★☆☆

Artist(s): Pradeep

The album starts off with a fresh and a beautiful melody. With this, there is raising the expectations from the rest of the album too. It has been composed very nicely and really stands out to be a touching song. The intricate improvisations in between are too good. Great composition.

Rathiri (Decent Version)
Artist(s): Haricharan

This one is a fast paced song with a retro touch. When I first saw that the singer was Haricharan, I thought it was going to be a melody. However, it is an interesting to see Haricharan singing a fully fast paced song. And he delivers the right amount of energy throughout the song. The song itself has various sounds and a different arrangement making it a unique composition. Though being a good experiment, this song doesn’t seem to be the best one for this genre. It is just an average song to listen.

Engo Odugindrai
Artist(s): Alphons Joseph, Darshana

Look who’s the singer! Its none other than Alphons Joseph who sang the very famous Aaromale from VTV. But this time, it isn’t a soulful song from him. It is rather a song with a lot of bass instrumental and of course a lot of screeches and screams, something one expects from Alphons. This one is a kind of heavy rock genre, showing that the composer is open to versatility. After a few listens, it may turn out to be nice. An interesting song overall.

Pizza Theme
Artist(s): Brinda

This theme song is a WOW! It starts off as a simple piano musical and slowly transcends into a spooky genre. The interludes where the humming starts is a sure winner. Of recent, the theme songs of various movies didn’t seem to quite hit the right chord, but this one stands above all, at least for now. A brilliant theme song with right mix of instrumentals to make it sound awesome!

Rathiri (Arath Version)
Artist(s): Haricharan

This version of the previous song adds much more spice to the previous one. It is surprising to see how Haricharan has shown a variety in both the versions of the song. He sounds much different in this one. The insertion of Rajni dialogue in between sure does look interesting. This version has much more techno music fused into the same song along with funny humming portions that come along with the song throughout. This one seems to be better than the previous version of the song, though they both sound almost similar overall.

Mogathirai Prelude
Artist(s): Phil Hartl, Quartet

This instrumental which is a violin prelude to the first song of the album is again a soul stirring one with international quality music. The synchronous sounds of many violins that suddenly change track altogether is an interesting note. A good listen.

Artist(s): Gaana Bala

Another experimentation. How would a song with kind of gaana lyrics sound when sung very slowly with a host of stage instrumentals? The answer is this song. You get to listen to this interesting song with an even more interesting singing. It is a slow and a rather funny song that might be much for effective when watched with visuals, if done properly. Sadly as a gaana singer, Gaana Bala does struggle a little singing this song. However, it is effective and a decent attempt.

Rathiri (Rap Version)
Artist(s): Haricharan, Arun Raja, Santhosh Narayanan, Vineeth

The final song, the third version of the same song in this album. This one goes even more western with a majority of it filled with rap portions which again sound quite well. But one really wonders what the makers found in this song to have 3 versions. In fact, this one is a very short version of it(2 minutes). Though it does seem to be a likeable song, it isn’t a great one.

Album ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Verdict: This album is a great attempt at experimentation. The makers have made sure that each song stands out on its own and sounds different. The theme song in particular is brilliant! In all, this is a really good album with a mix of fast paced, peppy and melodious songs. This album also stands out as a good prologue to the movie.

On a different note, I see quite a lot of Tamil albums having different versions of same song in their album. This trend has been on in Bollywood for quite sometime and it is slowly coming to Kollywood now. But somehow the makers don’t seem to get the point. Different versions of the same song might sound good if the song is extraordinary. Something like ‘Yen Uyire’ of ‘Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakkathile’. Otherwise it seems to be unnecessary. Even in ‘Neerparavai’, the song ‘Para para’, a brilliant composition had 3 versions. However, the third one wasn’t necessary. It just got repetitive and monotonous. So it isn’t necessary to have different version of the same song to make the album stand out unless all the versions are fresh in their own genre. I am not a big critic or musical genius but this is something composers can keep in mind.