Audio Review by Raju Alluri
First of all, I should admit that I am a Keeravani fan. Not of the
person, but of the style. I should also admit that Manisharma comes
very close at times, despite being more commercial oriented.
Now, to the album. How many times do you see a frontline Telugu
commercial movie featuring just one (yes, you got it right!) duet? And
just one more female solo for the romantic
Well, the duet (Avvayi Tuvvayi)
is the least notable of the songs. The female solo (Poola Ghuma Ghuma) should have
stood very next to it, but the great lyrics and the voice of Sreya
Ghoshal and more notably, the lyrics of Sirivennela gave it a shot in
the arm. Hence this song ends up to be a mesmarizer sort of.
At this time, you might be wondering if you really need to read
further. My take is you should. Because I saved my best comments till
In addition to the duet and the female solo, the album has 4 devotional
and/or semi devotional songs. There is a well rendered sloka too. These
are the best of the lot, in my opinion.
I always felt that S.P. Balu is the contemporary best when singing
emotional and devotional songs. Well, he has some compiteition, at
least with one song (Rama Rama Raghu
Rama) in the name of Mallikharjuna Rao. But Balu still steals
the show with songs Tikamaka
Makatika and Ae Yogamanukonu.
Now lets get to the key ingrediant of all the songs. Sirivennela penned
five of the six songs. Except for the duet, all of them should get him
A+ grade from critics. After a long time, I am listening to some
greatly penned lyrics (including the sixth song penned by Veturi) in a
Telugu movie. The use of rhyming words is put to the best in these
Music by Manisharma is very simple, mesmarizing and soft. The music
goes hand in glove with the lyrics and the voice, rendering feelings
like romance/passion (Poola Ghuma
Ghuma), confusion (Tikamaka
Makatika), devotion (Rama Rama
Raghurama) and pain/resignation (Ae Yogamanukonu.) Manisharma gets
closer to Keeravani in not
overshadowing the lyrics and singer, yet providing great tunes.
So, the Krishnavamsi/Manisharma/Sirivennela combo did it again. They
made a great album for listners.
Overall, I rate this Album as A+. IMHO, this album is like Annamayya meets Murari.