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TELUGU

Sriramachandrulu... Supreme... Rs. 38

SOME ALBUMS start off on a pleasant note but as they progress, the inclusion of certain unpleasant elements makes the whole experience of listening to it a bitter one. Like the song Pellam maata vinte nee chapter close, courtesy lyricist Sahiti, in this case, for instance. It reveals the attitude of today's film fraternity towards women. Though meant to be a teaser, the song portrays women in bad taste — as scheming, with all and sundry, and indulging in extra-marital affairs.

Earlier, songs like Bhadram be careful brother bhartaga maaraku bachelor (Money) had dismissed women as being unworthy of marriage. And now, this! Wish they carried the melody of the first song - Jaabili lekapothe nenu vaste chaalu - forward. And, if you are sensitive, once you reach this point you wouldn't want to flip the cassette on to the other side. But, Dhi dhi dikki by K.K. and Sunitha is a foot-tapping number. Music-wise, the album does not contribute much to the creative side of filmmaking. Pellamante kaadoyi vankaya pulusu, again by Sahiti and a counter-attack on the part of women, is also not a memorable number. The pick of the album is Paalavellilaa... by Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam. Unfortunately, you have to wait till the end to get the best.

Khakee... Ram Sampat... T-Series... Rs. 55

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THIS MOVIE was in the news for Ash's accident on the sets. Ram Sampat has set tunes to Sameer's lyrics. Music wise there is nothing refreshing about it. The only worthwhile song is Wada raha which has three different versions, the first one by Arnab Chakravorty and Shreya Ghoshal, the second by Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghoshal and the third by Sonu Nigam. All the more versions sound more or less the same. Youn Hi tum mujhse gives one a sense of d�j� vu. Shreya and Sonu put in their best in the renditions in the slow songs and the remix number Dil dooba.

On the flip side Mere Maula has a `Sufi' touch in a fairly familiar tune. Aisa Jadoo has a slightly peppy beat with Sunidhi Chauhan's crooning matching it.

SUFI

Tera Ishq... Hans Raj Hans/Uttam Singh... Music Today... Rs. 65

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SUFI MUSIC is very much in these days. The Sufi touch is evident in all genres - be it pop or qawwali. Hans Raj Hans is a famous name in Punjabi folk music and Sufiyana kalam. He teams up with music director Uttam Singh (of Dil to pagal hai, Gadar, Pinjar fame) for this album.

The kalams are written by well-known names like Bulleh Shah, Waris Shah, Shah Hussain and Miyan Mohammed Hussain. The lyrics are meaningful in content, though many may not be able to understand it. Those who do can savour its lyrical beauty. The music varies from composition to composition. Uttam Singh has worked on it - imparting the classical and folk touch. About seven songs (the first Nit Khair Manga is repeated twice - one is the video version and the second is the unedited one on the flip side). The famous Heer of Waris Shah figures in this compilation. Hans Raj Hans' rendition is soulful and draws the listener. That he is an expert in this genre enhances the singing. These kind of well-thought of and researched thematic albums of Music Today keeps us in touch with our musical heritage in the age when the winds of westernisation are blowing in full force.

ENGLISH

Escape the Roar... Skinny Alley... Rs. 75... Virgin

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IF YOU are bored listening to the boy bands, popular singles and the rest of mainstream pop, here is an album that you can lend a ear to— Escape the Roar from Skinny Alley. This very Indian multi-genre act has come full circle with their debut, predominantly rock, album that has a slice of funk, blues, jazz and country as well.

The central theme of the album, as the title reads, is escaping the urban woes and finding a place for oneself within, reflected in the numbers Pleasures of Suburbia, Fence, Debris and Universal Plan.

The USP of the album is the crystal lyrics sung by vocalist Jayashree Singh, which take centre stage alongside a matching music score by Gyan Singh (bass and vocals), Jeffrey Menezez (keyboards), Amit Datta (guitar) and Jeffery Rikh (drums and vocals).

Music wise the songs display some excellent strumming. And after a rather metal and bluesy journey, the album ends on an instrumental note, Escape the Roar.

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