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O Radha... Iddaru Krishnula Pelli... Sohan Music... Rs. 38

CHAKRI'S MUSIC has, of late, been improving — with each successive album, his style of composing is moving towards perfection as far as rhythm and beat are concerned. Of course, a word of praise has to be reserved for the lyricists and singers too - who together strive to make every music album a pleasurable listening experience to all.

But if you just look at the flap of this album and think that the first song, Sriramachandra might be similar to the old melody Sriramachandra narayana enni kashtaalu vachchayira naayana, you will be proved wrong, as the soft music here makes a mark of its own independent of its namesake.

Lavvu doma kuttesi champe gundello hungama in Sukhvinder Singh's voice is the pick of the album for its foot-tapping tune. The other songs include Chilaka chilaka, Aaku vakka, Naa gunde kalame (a romantic number) and Garam garam (a true hot song) for its beat.

This album devotes quite a bit of space for new lyricists like Bhaskarabhatla Ravikumar, Paidipally Srinivas and Kandikonda who managed to pen some hummable lyrics.

Ishtapadi... Supreme... Rs. 38

THERE IS one thing common between composers R.P. Patnaik and Srilekha. No, it is not resorting to folk tunes — the latter hardly uses folk tunes in her compositions. It is the fact that both are singers too... And, whenever they get the chance, they exhibit their talent in singing. This album serves as one such platform for Srilekha, the singer-composer.

Starting with Tholipremaku artham nuvve and Kallalona nuvve gundellona neeve vundipovamma - both romantic songs - the album sets in a pleasant mood for other melodies to follow. Kalakala laade rounds off Side A. On the flip side, Evarivi lalana and Rayabharamenduke give some space for the repeat version of Tholipremaku (which can, by all means, be the pick of the album).

Dr. K. Ramakrishna and Venegalla Rambabu also shared the space with Bhuvanachandra to pen the lyrics.

Unnikrishnan, Sujatha and new entrant Sriramprabhu plus Srilekha render the songs - pretty pleasingly.


Zameen... T-Series... Rs. 50

CONSIDERING THIS film has something to do with patriotism and territory judging from the title, the music is not in sync with the title. Himesh Reshammiya has tuned a few good songs but the patriotic fervour is missing in the songs. They border more on romance and melody.

The album opens with a foot-tapping Tere Sang ek simple si coffee which has rather inane lyrics but a catchy tune. KK renders the Hindi lyrics with a slight anglicised accent. Hema Sardesai is heard after quite some time. She adds the necessary pep to the song. Mere Naal, more or less, sounds like Tere Sang slightly in tune though there is a Punjabi element added to give it the slightly different touch.

The songs on Side B are better than the ones on Side A. Bas ek Baar has a nice melody about it. Alka Yagnik and Babul Supriyo sing it well though it looks as if Supriyo wants to sound like Kumar Sanu.

The title song has some good lyrics which get drowned in the music. It sounds good but lacks the required fiery patriotic effect. It is no doubt an effort to make it sound unusual from the usual songs in that genre but it lacks the fiery punch. The lyrics are better than in the other numbers. KK and Shaan put in their best. It has the famous lines Janani Janamabhoomishcha... woven into it. An instrumental version of the title song features in side A. KK sings Dilli ki Sardi with a `charged' effect while Shwetha Shetty tries to impart a `raunchy' effect in the remix version in Side A.

Metal Mayhem... Various... Virgin... Rs. 135

A HARD metal mediocre-compile, Metal Mayhem may be a mix of speed metal, hard rock and glam rock from the classic era, but what sense does metal leaving out Led Zepp, make? Anyhow, the track kicks off well with Bastille Day by Rush that is followed up by the reckless leads of Doctor Doctor by UFO of the seventies. Among other old and famous notable tracks, Easy Livin' by Uriah Heep, Blackout by Scorpions, Judas Priest's Nightcrawler and Bloody Sabbath by Black Sabbath, are worth mentioning. Motorhead and Megadeth fail to sustain the pace in the sordid combo aimed at a segment, who has just been introduced to metal music.

Strays... Jane's Addiction... Virgin... Rs. 135

IF YOU are into the head-banging cult, this is your pick. The metal quartet Jane's Addiction, Perry Farrell (lyrics), Dave Navaro (guitar), Stephen Perkins (percussion) and Chris Chaney (bass), is back with the trademark and overwhelming amalgam of punk, metal and folk. The album kick starts with a heady True Nature, followed by the title track and Just Because, all the three numbers are must hears. More energy? Lend a ear to a rocking Suffer Some, balanced by a slower tempo of the preceding Everybody's Friends, variation enough to prove why the group went platinum and ruled Billboard 200 for months. Music with a worldview is what the album is all about.

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