Music Review: Puli (Tamil)

Composer(s): Devi Sri Prasad
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

Yaendi Yaendi, for all intents and purposes, is Kandaangi 2.0 and works quite well thanks to an almost Ilaiyaraaja'esque orchestration and a good singing by Vijay and Shruti Haasan. Javed Ali impresses in Jingiliya, an elseways outdated tribal fusion composed DSP style, even harking back to Vidyasagar's Matha Matha (Varnajalam) to some extent. With a gem of a lyric like Kannaalae garbam seiyyadhae, Shankar Mahadevan's energetic vocals go for a toss in the pedestrian kuthu Sottavaala (reminded me of his own Vaadi Vaadi from Sachein), while Mannavanae and Manidha are painfully mediocre and tiresome to warrant a one-time listen even. The title song is no exception, barely going beyond the typical DSP template despite featuring the ever lively Mano. Jaded and weary, Devi Sri Prasad churns out an alarmingly bland soundtrack with Puli.