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Vallinam Music Review

Nakul is making an entry into the big screen after a considerable hiatus, and so is the lauded director Arivazhagan, of 'Eeram' fame. The plot of the film is on basketball. When Thaman was posed with the challenge of interspersing varied emotions in the game, this is what he has accomplished. The Tamil language stands incomplete, if not for vallinam; and for music lovers, your compilation is incomplete without 'Vallinam' in it.

Maaman Machan(Silambarasan TR, SS Thaman, Mukesh)

An appealing opening to an album, the first song is an anthem for friendship. Sung in the youthful voices, the song is a candid composition, with no particular message to carry, other than sing in praise of friendship. Simbu's voice has a different edge in the song. The song has been creatively penned down along the lines that 'friendship is the ship that never sinks'.

Uyiril Uyiril(Haricharan)

One very important feature of this song is rapport, which is in its possible highest best among the composer, lyricist and singer, in sync with the story line. The song begins with deep beats and continues high on strumming which is not claustrophobic, and is in fact very pleasant and burgeoning. This male solo, describing rapture is certainly one of the best that the industry has listened to so far.

Nakula(Andrea Jeremiah, Nakul)

Now that we've had a male version of rapture worship, here is the female version. But it doesn't end just there. This duet is by far the best package offered by Thaman. The song rhythmically uses strings and taps that are in perfect sync with the butterflies-in-stomach feeling of a woman, for her hero. What takes the icing is the sheer lovely usage of language. Penned down entirely in Tamil, Parvathy stands a class apart, though this is only her debut.

Uyiril Uyiril (Reprise)(Thaman)

As if celebrating love was stifling, the album takes a sudden turn towards break-up. The pathos and heaviness is conveyed in the composer's voice, with extensive use of keys, strings and beats, all predominantly in bass. It is surprising how a little working around the same tune has transformed the mood altogether from madly in love to mad because of the anticlimax.

Vallinam(Palakkad Sreeram, Rahul Nambiar, Naveen Madhav, KG Ranjith)

Like a hard slap on the face, to wake one from the dreamy sequences that the album earlier may have carried us to, this racy number brings us back to the main theme of the film - basketball. But the change is highly inspiring. The song sets off on humble beats which sound like a bouncing ball ready to hit a goal in a basket. Penned down by none other than the stalwart himself, Vaali has offered a beautiful package of highly motivating lines.

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