All of us know AR Rahman's songs will not be liked within first few listening. OK Kanmani is not an exception. If his songs are liked in the first listen, the chances are very less for the album to be a great hit. Because if the song is liked in the first listen, it means that tune is heard sometime before. If we do not like the song in a first listen, then it should be a fresh tune which we haven't come across. Mostly ar rahman comes out with very rare and unheard tunes and the songs will not register in our mind for the first few listening. Only after few listen, the songs will register to our mind and we go crazy over his songs. The same happened even for I songs. None of the songs registered in my mind initially. But now i go crazy over all the songs from I. Alright let me speak about Ok Kadhal Kanmani Songs now. After 2 and a 1/2 years, AR Rahman and Manirathnam combination album OK Kanmani released on April 4, 2015. As usual none of the songs registered in my mind except mental manadhil (male version), because it was released as a single earlier itself. I was really disappointed after listening to the album. But slowly after multiple listen i started to like all the songs very much. Mental Manadhil female version is really a killer version. Wow! what a technical brilliance? This song is really a youth anthem. The female version with male voice as a punch and the classical rendition by jonita gandhi is simply awesome.
Alright i agree that all songs are simply superb and ar rahman's magic is proved once again. But still i feel something is missing in this album. Normally ARR's album will have at least one intense feel good soft song. That kind of intense feel good soft song is missing in this OK Kanmani album. Though Sinamika is a melody, it is not intense as these numbers (Ennodu Nee Irundhaal from I, Pookalae from I, Ragasiya Snegithanae from Alaipayuthey, Usurae poguthey from ravanan, Nenjikulle from Kadal, etc.,). I believe OK Kanmani is a romantic movie. For such movie, a feel good duet or romantic number will add more mileage. In that way i am disappointed. All ARR and Mani albums have one such song for sure except OK Kanmani. But anyway after the film release only we can say if these songs are justified. Though i am not a professional reviewer or critic, i have given my view about each songs below:Kaara Attakkaara Singers: Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Darshana, Shashaa Tirupati Lyrics: Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, AR Rahman, Mani Ratnam
It was very surprising to listen these kind of songs from AR Rahman. Normally these kind of rap are used only Harris, Yuvan and other composers. ARR has never done such stuff before. But still the song is unique in AR Rahman's style. The music arrangements are really good. It is more of a quirky number. I am happy that arr has composed this kind of song. Now the only genre left for the genius is typical thara local kuthu number. So far ARR hasn't done a thara local kuthu song. If that is done, there is no genre left in this world which arr cannot compose. Aye Sinamika Singers: Karthik Lyrics: Vairamuthu
This is a very breezy number. Nice to listen on car during night times. A feel good romantic number.Paranthu Sella Vaa Singers: Karthik, Shashaa Tirupati Lyrics: Vairamuthu
This is one of my favorites in the album. Only arr can compose these kind of song. The song doesn't have much of music. But still its very nice. ARR said in an interview that the music for this song was composed using an app from ipad. Since the song was shot inside four walls, he doesn't want to add more music. But still the song is very unique and stylish. Mental Manadhil (Male) Singers: AR Rahman, Jonita Gandhi Lyrics: AR Rahman, Mani Ratnam
This is gonna be a youth anthem of this year. But to be very honest this is a very simple song which can be composed by any composer. But still the music arrangement is very nice which again proves ar rahman's calibre. ARR's voice and music arrangement makes the song special Naane Varugiren Singers: Sathya Prakash, Shashaa Tirupati Lyrics: Vairamuthu
A beautiful carnatic number fused very well with mridangam strokes and electronic beats.
Theera Ulaa Singers: AR Rahman, Darshana, Nikita Gandhi Lyrics: Vairamuthu
ARR's voice in this song reminds me of If i rise from 127 hours. It is a trance and techno based song which will go well along with the visualization. These kind of experimental songs are possible only by ARR. Its simply superb.Mental Manadhil (Female) Singers: Jonita Gandhi Lyrics: AR Rahman, Mani Ratnam
This song is rendered by Jonita gandhi in a classical sytle which adds more beauty to the song. Male vocals add more mileage to the song. It is surely a killer version.Malargal Kaettaen Singers: AR Rahman, Chithra Lyrics: Vairamuthu
After a very long time, we got a chance to hear chitra's voice in arr's composition. A very good classical number supported with very limited music. It is really a soothing feel good number. AR Rahman's voice at the end of the song makes it more special.
Maula Wa Sallim Singers: AR Ameen Lyrics: Traditional
A traditional Islamic composition rendered by AR Rahman's son AR Ameen. It is an arabic song in the praise of Allah. AR Rahman said in an interview, this song was done for his personal use and Maniratnam requested this song for OK Kanmani after listening to it. I am not sure if this song will be present in the film. However its a very nice song. I keep listening to it in loop mode. AR Ameen has a good scope in future.Rating: I am not a critic to give any rating for the genius composition. However my personal rating is 9 for this album. If one feel good romantic number had been included, i would have given 10/10.