Mumbai Express Audio
After a few listens, the Mumbai Express soundtrack sounds like what I like to call a 'situational' album i.e an album that doesn't stand too well on its own but starts sounding better after seeing the way the songs have been picturized in the movie. Kamal has had situational albums in the past too but they have usually been for his 'serious' movies like Aalavandhaan and Hey Ram. Soundtracks for his lighter ventures have usually stood on their own, even if they haven't exactly delivered any real chartbusters recently. Mumbai Express seems to be an exception to this. Here are the songs in this album...
Kurangu Kaiyil - There are two versions of this song though both carry the same lyrics and tune. Only the music differs between the two. The lyrics are fun but the tune is rather pedestrian. One of the versions has a jazzy feel but both feature some nice music.
Poo Poothadhu - A very melodious duet that is currently my favorite song on the album. The two paragraphs are a bit too slow but overall a very nice number.
Vandhe Maadharam - A deliberately off-key and badly-coordinated version of the famous National song that sounds like it is sung by a group of kids. Quite possible that the picturization of this song was the one objected to by the censors for being deragatory to our National Flag.
Yele Nee Othi Po - Another group song and quite a long one too. This one has a catchy tune and contains a small speech in the middle with some funny observations about life in Mumbai and a few other things.
Theme Music - Nice orchestration but without any recurring bits, it hasn't gotten me humming it yet.
Final verdict? I'm already skipping over a couple of the songs to get to the Chandramukhi songs :)