Chords & Notes
Tagore... Aditya Music... Rs. 40
OF LATE, Chiranjeevi has been careful in choosing the music - that includes lyrics and tunes - for his movies. So, his comeback films - from Hitler and Master to the more recent Indra, the megastar's movies had some good music which also gives him scope for some good choreography - his mantra for success. And, if Chiru is looking at something similar for his forthcoming release Tagore, unfortunately, this is not a good enough platform for him barring a couple of songs perhaps. Kodithe kottalira six kottali rendered by Shankar Mahadevan and Manmadha manmadha by Mallikarjunarao and Mahalakshmi have hummable tunes. Vaanochenante by Udit Narayan and Sreya Goshal are along the lines of other popular rain songs like Vana vana vandanam and Vana vana velluvaye from his earlier hits. Nenu saitham prapanchagniki... said Sri Sri which is reiterated by Suddala Ashok Teja in the song sung vociferously by S.P. Balu. The other songs include Gappu chippu by Mano and Chitra, and Chinnaga chinnaga by Hariharan and Chitra.
Neetho Vastha... Surya Music... Rs. 35
FORGET ABOUT the lyrics and just enjoy the music - that is the recipe if you want to listen to this album. Tunes-wise, Neetho Vastha is an attractive teaser. Composers Madhavapeddi Suresh and Srilekha share the space equally. But, it is surprising to note that veteran Madhavapeddi senior's son, Suresh, is also borrowing tunes from elsewhere. His composition, Muddulandinchave sweety tuty-fruitygaa is a take-off on Kaliyon ka chaman. Both the songs that follow on Side A - Mallepovvanti soke and Abba nee naajooku give you this `I-have-heard-this-before-somewhere' kind of familiar feel. On the flip side are songs like Kalisina tolakari andam, Manase talupu theriche and One two three four vayasuke. If something can serve as an asset to this album and lift it up, it is Udit Narayan's rendering of two songs on Side A. Otherwise, it is just about okay.
Market...Altaf Raja...Venus...Rs. 42
ALTAF RAJA turns composer for this film. He scores music for a few songs. His attempt cannot be termed outstanding although one or two songs are rather pleasant to hear.
The first song Hum Pyar Jo Tera Payenge, with a slight lilting beat, is the pick of the album rendered by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik in their characteristic style. The solo version of this song by Kumar Sanu on Side B is more or less the same. Alka Yagnik tries to pep up her voice in Aaj to Madhur Milan Hoga. Altaf Raja's Meri Gali Mein Tera Aana is an average number. But Sunidhi Chauhan sings the same version on side B with some zip.
Nothing noteworthy about this album.
Joggers' Park...Tabun Sutradhar...Virgin...Rs. 55
THE MUSIC proves to be what is written on the jacket - a film soundtrack with fusion music. Tabun Sutradhar has made some attempt at effective blending of tunes. And this album is a melange of tunes. As one hears a slightly different kind of music one wonders whether all this has been composed for a Hindi film. Subhash Ghai (the producer) turns lyricist in this album.
Adnan Sami opens the album with Ishq hota nahin sabke liye with his usual gusto. The lyrics also seem relevant. At times Adnan seems to emulate Kishore Kumar (consciously or unconsciously) in some of his songs. It's after quite some time that one hears Usha Uthup in Hindi films. The diva is in her elements when she renders Kabhi Pa Liya Kabhi kho diya, Oh my heart (English) and Joggers' Park. She makes you groove along with her robust voice.
Jagjit Singh's Badi nazuk hai yeh manzil, a melodious number, is somewhere between a ghazal and song. The instrumental theme piece is a short and sweet composition. Jenny's Theme is a slightly fast-paced and includes the tunes from the song Joggers' Park.
This album has a certain newness of tune about it. These days it is hard to find something refreshing and Joggers' Park definitely fits the bill. It may not be top-notch but for a change it compels you to take notice after a few minutes of listening.
Radiohead... Hail to the thief... Virgin... Rs. 135
RADIOHEAD SOUNDS different at this. A drenched-with-depression album, the best time to listen `Hail to the thief' is when you are asleep; when awake, the numbness of the numbers may induce sleep. Side A begins with 2+2=5, a number as incoherent as it sounds. The psychedelic sound of Go to sleep is indeed soporific. The only tracks with some rhythm in-built, are the blasphemous We suck young blood, and The Gloaming. The flip side is dimly dynamic. Two numbers, Punchup at a Wedding and Scatterbrain sound hopelessly depressing, though. Well, it is certainly safe to avoid the album, while in a car!
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