Cast: Dhanush, Keerthy Suresh, Radharavi, Karunakaran, Thambhi Ramaiya
Direction: Prabhu Solomon
Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Maria Roe
‘Oorellam Kekudhe’ is Imman’s version of ‘Chinna Chinna Aasai’. Shreya Ghoshal has had a field day with this song as this song demands her to sing in multiple languages. The arrangements sound fresh bolstered by the ‘kathakali’ like interludes. Maria Roe rounds off the song with a paragraph of English rendition of the pallavi. (Check out her cover for Thalli Pogadhey in Youtube. Rendered perfectly)
Pona Usuru Vanthiruchu
Singers: Haricharan, Shreya Ghoshal
‘Pona Usuru’ sees Haricharan & Shreya Ghoshal in fine form in a typical hummable Imman melody. Yugabharathi’s lyrics play out nicely along with the tune. The usual string sections, extended flute segments that are present in most tracks of the composer make an appearance here as well. The pitching of the rendition is done with élan and with a pellucid diction.
Love in Wheels
Singers: Chinnaponnu, Nathan, Woodwinds
A terrific moving piece that starts with Chinnaponnu’s lullaby in a haunting tone. The flute establishes a sense of melancholy and sets the mood for the piece. Once the beats kick in, the tone of the number changes but is still very engaging. A great addition to the album!
Singers: Haricharan, Vandana Srinivasan
‘Adada Ithuenna’ has probably the loveliest tune in the entire album. Much along the lines of ‘Ovvondrai Thirudugirai’ from ‘Jeeva’, this track delivers a soothing after-effect. The singers run the show here & Imman continues to use Vandana’s vocals to the best of her abilities. The trademark string sections in the interludes and the accompanying chimes, scale shifts enrich this likable number.
Singers: Gana Bala
‘Manusanum Manusanum’ is the odd one out in the album! Although it is a quintessential Gana Bala number, the arrangements are very much different from what we are used to. The piano keys play second fiddle to the vocals. The lyrics are funny as you would expect in a Gana Bala number. Though not impressive on the first listen, the song does grow on us.
On the whole, Imman delivers a scintillating album in ‘Thodari’ much along the lines of ‘Kumki’ & ‘Kayal’. The album is loaded with fantastic melodies like Adada Ithuenna, Oorellam Kekudhe & Pona Usuru. The only aspect that might bring down the experience is the associated familiarity with Imman’s melodies that we already have. Nevertheless, this album is a winner!
Picks from the album: Love in Wheels, Oorellam Kekudhe, Adada Ithuenna
Album Verdict: Imman reserves his best for Prabhu Solomon indeed!
Album Rating: 3.5/5