November 13, 2009 Anjali
Overall Rating - ***1/2
2 Of A Kind
Aarya 2 with the same combination is here. Read on.
Mr. Perfect This is a situational song, a fun and foot-tapping number rendered by now a favorite in Telugu, Baba Sehgal. The song written by Kedar has a guy trying to prove the deceit behind this Mr. Perfect, and a rap written and rendered by Devi Sri Prasad. An energetic and catchy start to the album. ***
Uppenantha After the Kind of Classic 'Feel My Love', KK-DSP-Sukumar-Allu Arjun combi has 'Uppenantha..(I Love You)' in their second venture together. That DSP worked on the tune, fine-tuned the lyric and merged it with the instrumental so that the entire song is a pleasant experience is evident. Don't compare it immediately to Feel My Love, because it has grown on us and it's been a while. Give 'I Love You' time. It's likeable and hummable with the romantic lyric by Balaji. ***1/2
Baby He Loves You Chandrabose's lyric stands out courtesy DSP who keeps the tune simple and plays down the instrumental. The latter sings the song, composed in a typical style you recognize as his now but sings it slightly differently. Again a situational number, with hundreds of Chandrabose's similes quantifying love. The earlier song and this one have some similarities, could be deliberate to form a thread. It's a cute number, this one. ***
Ringa Ringa The Item Song. Where were we before this term came up and every movie had to have one? Priya Himesh renders this with DSP chipping in and impish lines by Chandrabose. The song grows on you and the spontaneous Q&A between Priya and DSP is peppy.***
Karige Loga With a melancholy touch, Kunal Ganjawala renders this song with Megha, with lines by Vanamaali. It's intense and Kunal does a great job with the vocals. The beats are not new, but very easily remembered and reproduced. The part where it goes soft only to pick up pace again is where this song scores. Pick along with Uppenantha. ***1/2
My Love is Gone Techno and club dominate in this song with lyrics by Chandrabose and Ranjith singing the blues but with a bitter touch, as the title explains it all. ***
Karige Loga Unplugged With just strings as the instrumental, Sagar renders this with maybe a little less intensity but with more softness. Both the versions are clear winners. ***1/2
Mr. Perfect Here's the composer having fun with his vocal version of Mr. Perfect. It's just a slight tweaking of the original with his vocals replacing Baba Sehgal's and a lot of 'Here's DSP..' sort of concert-y music video lines. ***
Last Word Aarya had time to be one of the best albums of DSP and Aarya 2 might fare the same way, given time and commercially, depending also on the movie's fate. Overall, a good album this season, with 4 out of the given 8 numbers sure to top charts, two being repeats and two average numbers including the item song. An asset for the movie, Aarya 2's music sure enough reaches expectations.