Music Review: 2.0 (Tamil)

Composer(s): A. R. Rahman
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

Rahman deploys futuristic sounds in 2.0 (read: Two Point O), a much-awaited sequel to Enthiran, but the results are decidedly mixed. Perhaps robotic is more like it. Sung by Sid Sriram and Shashaa Tirupati, Endhira Logathu Sundariye, is almost an Irumbile Oru Irudhaiyam, replete with kanini references (Kanini Rajini nee, goes the lyric at one point), only this time it's a duet between robots. Raajali (not to be confused with Rasaali from the film Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada, although both refer to the same species of bird that's called Bonelli's Eagle), on the other hand, is a significantly spruced up Arima Arima, all the while exuding grandeur and extolling the virtues of Isaac Asimov's peran (grandson) in a catchy electronic rap package. That Rahman still makes us interested in what he has to offer after all these years is not something to be shrugged off easily, but when it comes to answering the question "are the songs really good?," it is not an easy yes.

Update on Nov. 8, 2018: It took more than a year, but the third song is finally out. Titled Pullinangal, it is a relatively solemn affair set against a mix of bird sounds, yet ambient and serene, and backed beautifully by Simtaangaran-singer Bamba Bakya, A. R. Ameen and Suzanne D'Mello.