Chords & Notes
Dhum... Supreme... Rs. 38
ONE HEARING is enough to write the album off as average fare. There is no need for a second hearing, as it cannot boast of either good music or good lyrics to attract listeners' attention. To pinpoint the songs, one can start at the very beginning - Chala gaaliki cheppalani vundi mana katha ee vela about which frankly, not much can be said except that it is one of those romantic numbers. Ayyo Rama neetho is quite a contrast and is a steamy one. Nellore nerajana is certainly not like its namesake predecessor from Arjun's sensational film Oke Okkadu. Marumaru mallellu is Rajesh's attempt to do a Balasubrahmaniam or a Hariharan with the `breathless' number. Addira banna has folk and contemporary aspects going hand-in-hand. Ramana Gogula's music, unfortunately, does nothing to uplift the album. Just about okay.
Shambu... Supreme... Rs. 38
IN THESE days of mix-n-match, which permeates every sphere of life even music is handed down to us as an assorted piece. Generally, the trend today is to have different songs in the same film written by different lyricists - either for want of freshness or for variety. Whatever be the reason, director-producer Suresh Varma does not stick to this trend and, surprisingly, this turns out to be an advantage for Kulasekhar. The lyrics make the album worth offering your ear for a second hearing. Sample this for instance: Marconi kanipettava vanda ella teenage, Newtonji nilabettava kallamundu balyaanni which catches the teenage college-goers' spirit in the right sense. However, it is disappointing to note that veteran composers like Ilayaraja have to compromise on their style succumbing to the pressures of competition and tastes of today's generation. Kalalo Choosinadi ninnena is a lyrical tribute to love, an emotion which is made to sound entirely different in the song Dosedu mallelu - and is almost treated like a bother to the girl who experiences it (as in Naa dumpa tenchutondira idemi premaraa naa kompa munchutondira idemi premara. The songs on the flip side, especially Lovely Leela, are good to hear.
Tere Naam... Saregama... Rs. 55
THE CATCHLINE of this film is "Unfortunately a true love story". This has resulted in the movie being in the news as there are reports of similarities with Salman Khan's life (and he is also essaying the main role). The music by Himesh Reshammiya is not top notch. There are two compositions by Sajid-Wajid, the second (Lagan lagi) has a distinct `Sufi' feel (though the music is contemporary) and rendered that way by Sukhvindra Singh.
Himesh Reshammiya in fact uses quite a bit of old tunes in his compositions. Out of the 12 songs three are different versions of the title song. Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik sing practically all the numbers. The album begins with the first version of the title song - Tere naam (where one finds a part of the tune having familiar overtones of a song from yesteryear). The title song is perhaps the `best' song of the movie barring Man Basia, a bhajan, which is soothing to hear. Tumse Milna is okay to listen to. Jaana is a peppy number. On the whole, the musical effort is average.
Almas del Silencio... Ricky Martin... Sony Music... Rs. 135
MUSIC SANS boundaries is what Ricky Martin's new offering is about. Akin to the Spanish flamenco, the music from this part of the world is a pleasant experience. The album brings a harmonious rendition of violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, timbales, tambourine and flute for the compositions, some in a slower tempo and others on a faster beat such as Tal vez and Si ya no estas aqui. Apart from a Spanish line up, Juramento, Raza de mil colores and Asignatura Pendiente the album features a Spanglish (Spanish-English) track Jaleo. The numbers in sweet Spanish and featuring the chocolate hero Ricky Martin can be enough motivation for you to buy the album.
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