Nag is King and the music of this much-awaited Devi Sri composition is okay but lacks zing. Nag needs a hit, could this be it? The music is not like this little rhyming sequence, but it is not ear-catching stuff either. Pretty forgettable unless the movie is a blockbuster. The songs are not blockbuster-ish material though. Read on.
King The title track has an unusual choice for a Telugu lead singer-Leslie Lewis (of the erstwhile Colonial Cousins fame). 'K-i-n-g vasthunnadu King writes Ramajogaiah Sastry and it's the usual title track lyrics of a big star-record breaking and fist fighting and all the other exalted qualities of our Hero. Mamta Mohandas chips in her praises on k-i-n-g. It's not great, but catchy enough for now and a decent start to the album. ***
A to Z For some reason, this sounds like Mani Sharma at his dhin-chak best when he composes one of his sidey numbers. Naveen Madhav and Priya Hemesh render this number, with Naveen's deep throaty vocals giving the song character. The quirky lyrics by Ramajogaiah Sastry and the main instrument, drums, complement each other. It's a Nag number-fun, casual and full of his cool factor. ***
O Manmadhuda Either people can't get enough of Nagarjuna's Manmadhudu act, or makers and musicians can't or he himself thinks of himself as one. One of those reasons is the responsible for the title of the number. The song itself is romantic, on the softer side with Sagar and Divya doing a good job with the vocals. The instrumental could have been a little more toned down but it still sounds nice as the song progresses. ***1/2
Yenthapani Chesthiviro Hmm. Vaddepalli Srinivas renders this song which belonged to some other movie. But, it's an awesome touch to an otherwise run-of-the-mill album till this number. Even if you are not a Telangana funky number fan (why though?), this is sure to bring a smile to your face. And bang in the middle of the album too. Priya Hemesh was not really needed and Suresh could have carried the song off on his own. Foot-tapping after-hours number which adds a different dimension to what risked being called a drab album. ***1/2
Ghanana Ghanana Ujjayinee sings this sweet girly in-love song with a slight semi-classical/light touch. It's short and nice. ***
Nenu Nee Raja Rahul Nambiar and Andrea sing this we've-heard-500-times-in-last-two-months number. DSP keeps a stock of these numbers. One he used in Shankar Dada, one in Zindabad, one here, one there and one in King. For such a talented composer who dishes out the freshest music starting from Anandam (which people still love and listen to and some songs still sound fresh as rain), he regularly gives this standard, not bad-not good stuff. Usually when he is angry with the producer. Yeah, no other explanation for it. **.75
Ghanana (Funny) A take-off of the extremely famous 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' song from Ek Duje Ke Liye with Kamal Hassan and Sarika stuck in a lift and mouthing all the movie titles as the lyrics of a song..Mamta Mohandas-Devi Sri's version is not bad.
Nuvvu Ready Shankar Mahadevan and Gopika Poornima render this peppy song where the title says all. The vocals are good, but the song in itself is again lackluster and you get the Been there-Heard that feeling. **.75
King (The DSP Mix) A more energetic version of the title with more instruments playing around and a little techno and mixing and Devi Sri adding his two cents.
Last Word Not DSP's best yet. Overall, the album is still a decent hear but not the pick of the month. Forget who's starring in it or who's making it, the music by itself is just good enough and that's the best you can say about it. Two of the songs stand out, including the title and O Manmadhuda. Yenthapani Chesthiviro is not different in itself, but in the middle of all the other songs it sounds cool and the vocals are starkly raw. Ghanana and A to Z are not bad, as is the DSP Mix of the title. This is a big album, with a lot of songs and remixes and versions. Nice..okay..not bad. But not great.