7am Arivu Music Review

Banner:Red Giant Movies
Cast:Surya, Sruti Hassan, Avinash, Abhinaya and others
Direction:A R Murugadoss
Production:Udhayanidhi Stalin
Music:Harris Jayaraj

Review: 7aum Arivu music invokes a sense of deja vu

Director A R Murugadoss's 7aum Arivu (The Seventh Sense), produced by Red Giant Movies and starring Suriya, is possibly among the most anticipated Tamil movies of the year. With music composed by his favourite, Harris Jeyaraj, here's a listen at what this hit-duo has to offer:

In typical Harris fashion, Oh Ringa Ringa begins with a strong voice humming with tribal overtones, before switching over to rap. The song sounds overwhelmingly like the A R Rahman hit Taxi Taxi. The tribal feel carries on throughout with its steady beat as Roshan and Jerry John pitch in while Benny Dayal and Suchithra provide additional voices. Pa Vijay's lyrics are strictly functional. Other than the thumping beats, nothing seems to be going for this song.

Mun Andhi kicks off with a melodious whistle and a female voice humming. Karthik takes up the song with his usual fluidity to Na Muthukumar's romantic lyrics and Megha's accompaniment. A mildly pleasant number that reminds one of A R Rahman's early romantic compositions.

Vijay Prakash, Karthik, Shruthi Haasan (her western-music tinted voice intact) and Shalini join together in Yellae Lama, enthusiastically yelling at full-pitch at times with a brief flute interlude. This does grab your attention in the beginning, but then descends into mediocrity.

Yemma Yemma starts off on a sober note; this time, it's veteran SPB who picks up the vocals. Shades of Anjala from Vaaranam Aayiram peek through occasionally. The simplicity of the song, Kabilan's lyrics, and its pace are very appealing. Swetha Mohan hums through the interlude, and the soothing melody continues. A very appealing number.

Innum Enna Thozha appears to be the rousing "let's-win-the-world" song, rendered by Balram, while Naresh Iyer pitches in as well. Pa Vijay's lyrics are certainly inspiring enough but only towards the end does the emotion get through.

The Rise of Damo (Mandarin), sung by Hao Wang and penned by Karky, is so simple that it sounds almost like a nursery rhyme, and therein lies its appeal.

It looks like Harris Jeyaraj has run out of steam. While Yemma Yemma and The Rise of Damo are appealing, the rest sound like he remixed some of his own older numbers, or chose to be inspired by other classics. Perhaps the picturisation will add more appeal to the songs.

7aum Arivu's music does have its moments, but these are few and far between.

Detailed Review

Song: Oh Ringa Ringa
Singer(s): Roshan, Jerry John, Benny Dayal, Suchitra
Lyrics: Pa. Vijay
The moment you play the song, you might be surprised that it sounds similar to AR Rahman's famous song 'Taxi taxi...' from Sakkarakatti. The beats and the singing style are similar to the earlier number. However, the latest track is good. Suchitra starts it by voicing 'Lava lava lamma..' The drum beats and the Western style tune make it as a worthy soundtrack to hear. Mind you, it will a different appeal, when we see it with visuals.

Song: Mun Andhi
Singer(s): Karthik, Megha
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar
One would not have expected a feel-good song to arrive soon after a heavy beats song. Well, Karthik, who is one of the bests crooner in romantic songs in Tamil, has done the magic again. With his soft vocal and Na. Muthukumar's wonderful lines, the song takes you for a romantic ride.

Song: Yellae Lama
Singer(s): Vijay Prakash, Karthik, Shalini and Shruti Hassan
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar
The song, comprising some of the big names, is a fast track. The song is rich in instruments and keeps the same momentum till the end. It is more of a beats than voice. This track also belongs to the list of songs, which could have a different look when seen on-screen.

Song: Yamma Yamma
Singers: SP Balasubramaniam & Swetha Mohan
Lyrics: Kabilan
SP Balasubramaniam comes behind the bike for the pathos song of the album. 'Yamma yamma..' lyrics penned by Kabilan will be hit among the guys, who have lost their love. The legendary singer has beautifully crooned in the slow track. The instruments, especially ghatam, used in the song makes you to give thumbs up for the song instantly.

Song: Innum Enna Thozha
Singers: Balram, Naresh Iyer, Suchith Suresan
Lyrics: Pa. Vijay
An unexpected inspirational song arrives to change your mood. Pa. Vijay has proved his brilliancy with his words again. Balram's voice has perfectly fitted to the soundtrack and the chorus adds more energy to the track.

Song: The Rise of Damo (Chinese Song)
Singers: Hao Wang
Lyrics: Madhan Karky
Here comes the song, which you have been eagerly waiting to listen - the Chinese number. Even though we cannot understand the lyrics, yet it impresses with the tune in its traditional Mandarin style of singing.

Harris Jayaraj compositional 7aam Arivu has variety of songs. The soundtracks will have larger appeal when it is watched. The Rise of Damo, Yamma Yamma and Mun Andhi are best songs of the film.

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