Music Review: Vivegam (Tamil)

Composer(s): Anirudh Ravichander
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

Vivegam is all about motivation, at least lyrically, stuffed with songs like Surviva, Thalai Viduthalai, Never Give Up and Veriyera, all of which are quite impactful and steadfast to the theme of standing tall against all odds. Never Give Up, featuring vocals from Claremont-based Indian American rapper Raja Kumari, deserves a mention in particular, thanks to its ambient hip-hop beats and spiffy arrangements. Ready to Rage's gripping instrumental is a punchy listen, while Kadhalaada, in both versions, turns out to be the soundtrack's stunning highlight, working well as a breezy classical melody that's as much a showcase of Shashaa Tirupati and Pradeep Kumar's flawless vocals as it's of Ananthakrrishnan's masterful use of violin (he also does the konnakol in the outro). Anirudh, in an interview last month, talked about how "I took a year off, when I made new music and updated my existing tune bank." The results are decidedly mixed, but in Kadhalaada, he has a winner.