Engae Pogutho Vaanam
Summary : Overall, Kochadaiiyaan is a glorious album which has imperial soundtracks from AR Rahman!! Our picks are Engae Pogutho Vaanam, Manappenin, Idhayam & Medhuvaagathan.
Kochadaiiyaan Music Review
Kochadaiiyaan is ARR’s sixth straight album for Rajinikanth. The combo has delivered phenomenal hits time and again and kept every music lover up on their toes before the album release. That’s the hype and gravity Kochadaiiyaan album is surrounded with. Add to this, the grandest audio launch planned with SRK as the Chief Guest and bigwigs in the industry joining the team.
The film has 9 soundtracks and lyrics by Vairamuthu and Vaali. Vairamuthu has written 8 songs of the album. It is worth mentioning that it is for Muthu, the triumvirate ARR, Rajinikanth and Vairamuthu joined hands for the first time.
Whenever ARR scores music for Rajinikanth, probably the most anticipated track of the album would be the one sung by SPB. And, EngaePogudhoVaanam justifies that cultism. Reverberating strings, rich percussions and a commanding voice of SPB – WIN! One of the best soundtracks ARR has ever produced for Rajini – SPB (Or THE best?). This is the kind of soundtrack that would give fans adrenaline rush in theatres. A sealed success!
A beautiful rendition by LathaRajinikanth. Total earworm material this one. Latha’s voice sounds as divine as it was in her popularKadavul Ullame in AnbullaRajnikanth. The song’s arrangements took me back to an old Rajinikanth song composed by Ilayaraja for Maniratnam. Remember the chorus section “Kuniththa Puruvamum Kovvaich Chevvaayil Kumizh Sirippum” in Rakkamma Kaiya Thattusong in Thalapathi? Manappenin Sathiyam is quite reminiscent of that track.
ARR’s love for Haricharan continues. Manamaganin Sathiyamis yet another feather in the cap for Haricharan’s solo renditions. Lovely singing!
Rana’s Dream (Instrumental)
Rana’s Dream is the reflective instrumental version of Engae Pogutho Vaanamby London Sessions Orchestra. If there’s one soundtrack that stridentlyresembles the authenticity of the film’s genre, this is it.
Engal Kochadaiiyaan sung by the Kochadaiiyaan Ensemble is perhaps the passable track in the album. Resonating orchestrations and occasional hymns in the background should serve well the visuals I believe.
Etherealvoice of Rahman and a soulful prelude to the song by AR Raihanah makes for a wonderful start to the song. The everlasting vocals sound repetitive for the album. Nevertheless, as all ARR songs do, this one might just take its time to grow on you.
Maattram Ondrudhaan Maaraadhadhu
This song is yet another substantiation that Vairamuthu is one of the most powerful writers in Tamil cinema. This is Rajinikanth’s punch-line rendition equivalent to Kamal Haasan’s poetic Kavithai song in ManmadhamAmbu. Haricharan manages well in the occasional vocals to complement Rajinikanth.
A lovely melody sung by the evergreen duo SPB-SadhanaSargam and the song is written by the maverick late Vaali. Last time, he penned for Rajinikanth in Sivaji for the Athiradee song, a quintessential classic. Finally, SPB has made a flawless comeback after a lull. Sadhana sounds beautiful as always. The song is a reminiscence of Rahman in the 90s.
How do you make a pathos a killer? Make Chinmayee deliver it. Such an effortless singing this. One of our recommended tracks of the album. After a long time, Srinivas makes a comeback in an ARR album, a forgettable comeback.