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Cast : Shiva, Priya Anand, Santhanam, Urvashi, Rahul Ravindran

Music : Anirudh Ravichander

Story : Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi

Editing : Noor Azwan

Cinematography : Richard M. Nathan

Lyrics : Na. Muthukumar, Madhan Karky, Vignesh Shivan

Screenplay : Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi

Direction : Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi

Track Name Singers Rating
Hey! Papon, Maria Roe Vincent ★★★★☆
Oh Penne Vishal Dadlani, Anirudh Ravichander, Arjun ★★★★☆
Oh Penne (International) Arjun, Anirudh Ravichander ★★★★☆
Chennai City Gangsta Anirudh Ravichander, Hard Kaur, Hiphop Thamizha, Country Chicken ★★½☆☆
Engadi Porandha Anirudh Ravichander, Andrea Jeremiah ★★★☆☆
Ailasa Ailasa Anirudh Ravichander, Suchitra ★★★★☆
Osaka Osaka Anirudh Ravichander, Pragathi Guruprasad ★★★★☆

Hey !

Singers : Papon, Maria Roe Vincent

Lyrics : Na. Muthukumar

A breezy start ! “Hey” is a peppy, uplifting number much in the mould of “Boomi Enna Suthudhe”. The song starts off with the mild guitar strumming & the vocals kick-in later. The lyrics by Na. Muthukumar stand out & the song is very hummable right from the first listen. Papon does a neat job with the vocals & the mild banjo-sax arrangement is strikingly fresh too. I particularly liked the first interlude followed by ‘ippothu gadikaram illai’ segment.

Engadi Porandha

Singers : Anirudh Ravichander, Andrea Jeremiah

Lyrics : Vignesh Shivan

A contemporary song with inane lyrics. The song starts a little offbeat but picks up after the first interlude. The vocals by Andera & Anirudh save this song & the funny exchanges add to the fun quotient. Several Rajinikanth lines from Baasha also feature throughout this number. Might improve with visuals.

Osaka Osaka

Singers : Anirudh Ravichander, Pragathi Guruprasad

Lyrics : Madhan Karky

This is Madhan Karky’s show all the way ! Highly infectious tune with fantastic usage of folksy elements. The lead vocals by Anirudh is the centerpiece of this song & the dialect in which he sings the song works wonders. Pragathi is also not far behind & does an impressive job too. The flute & violin bits throughout the song are noteworthy.

Chennai City Gangsta

Singers : Anirudh Ravichander, Hard Kaur, Hiphop Thamizha, Country Chicken

Lyrics : Hiphop Thamizha

Chennai City Gangsta is a hybrid version of the composer’s previous hit number ‘Edhirneechaladi’. The whole idea of ‘North vs South’ does nothing but create a sense of communal difference. This song also features several references to Rajinikanth & one wonders why people are trying to ride on the fame of the superstar. The tune is catchy & Aadhi has had a field day along with Hard Kaur. There is also a mild resemblance to Gangam style in this song. Expect this track to be played in the next IPL. The song is catchy but the idea behind the song is not that cool.

Ailasa Ailasa

Singers : Anirudh Ravichander, Suchitra

Lyrics : Madhan Karky

Ailasa Ailasa is the subdued version

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of Osaka Osaka yet this number stands out due to several factors – Suchitra’s vocals being the key. The grand piano arrangements accompanying the whole song is such a delight to hear. I particularly loved the way Shenai has been employed in this song. This track gets better with every repeated hearing. A classy number !

Oh Penne

Singers : Vishal Dadlani, Anirudh Ravichander, Arjun

Lyrics : Na. Muthukumar

The instant chartbuster of the album ! ‘Oh Penne’ is a delightful romantic number with a tinge of pathos feel much like the composer’s previous hit ‘Po Nee Po’. Vishal Dadlani, a mighty composer in his own right lends his vocals & gets the Tamil diction perfect. This song is an instant poison where the listener can develop a liking from the first instance itself. The ‘piano-chime’ segment used at the beginning as well as at the end is very hypnotic & the lyrics steal the show as well. Radio stations & youngsters – watch out !

Oh Penne (International)

Singers : Arjun, Anirudh Ravichander

Lyrics : Arjun

Arjun, known for his hit version of Kolaveri joins hands with Anirudh in the English version of ‘Oh Penne’ number. This one even betters the previous version with the English lyrics & rendition taking the centre stage. The usage of synthesizers also raise the coolness quotient especially the one used at the end of the album. Completely rocking !

Picks of the album : Oh Penne (International), Oh Penne, Osaka, Ailasa, Hey

Album Verdict : It was predicted to be a rocking album & it is one !

Musicperk Rating : ★★★★★★★★☆☆