August 10, 2009 APK
Rating - ***.25
Young and Breezy
It has a mind-boggling 9 tracks, a rarity if anything these days. Sure, three of them are 'Bit Songs'. Sandeep Chowta comes out with a heavily-inspired album with his own Telugu-Hindi fusion touch, different vocal choices and simple lines penned by Sastry and Chadrabose with a catchy tune and dominating instrumental. Oh and this also happens to be Nagarjuna's older son, Naga Chaitanya's debut.
Diridiri Diridi Kunal Ganjawala's vocals and energy (or should we say Josh) are the highlights of the opening number. Seetarama Sastry's lyrics are focused on the youthfulness which is obviously the dominating theme of the entire album. It has a classy modern feel as opposed to the rugged raw energy of Sandeep Chowta's last Talaiva (Bujjigadu). Still, a winner. ***1/2
Neetho Vunte Karthik's solo is about the boy smitten by the girl with Sastry penning the lyrics again. The tune is kept simple, the lyrics ditto and instrumental mainly happy-go-lucky strumming. ***
Jigijikka Tide commercial. Seriously. Anyways the theme is all about college, something the rest of the album also carries forward.
Aawara Hawa Sowmya Rao's solo penned by Sastry reminds one of that one from Gaayam. This one is a love number, a little shrieky for everyone's liking; still the musical team keeps it simple. **.75
Bad Bad Boy Ranjith renders the image-setting song of the album, and he has possibly become one of the voices of the 'Hero'. Sastry pens in the lyrics. So what's the image they are going for? Ferrari driving, pub-hopping, aloof kinds? Got to wait and watch. Full of attitude, electric strumming, rap, oversimplified lyrics and catchy. ***.25
Annayochinado This is for your everyday Telangana Veerudu. A brief number rendered by Ramana, it's a folk-inspired number.
Evvariki Rahul Vaidya's voice is youthful, accompanied by Ujjaini who sing Sastry's slightly brooding and cupid-struck lines. One of the slow songs of the album, it makes a good change and gives the compilation some versatility. PS: Why should Chowta borrow from Mitwaa of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna? Just to irritate listeners when they are getting to like a song. ***.25
Me Me Meka Another bit song, another one inspired by a profound local flavor. Chandrabose renders it in a rare event, along with penning it.
College Bulloda This is retro Chowta style. This has the 80s feel, with instrumental reminding us of the cult-hit Botany Paatamundi. Of course, the theme changes with time; its about college students gone from dorky to bad. Vittal Rahul sings Chandrabose's lines about a load of college bullodas. ***
Last Word Chowta copies cleverly-never an entire song, just a subtle and concealed inspiration. (This is going to make an article all by itself). As far as the album goes, it is definitely cool, casual and breezy. This seems to be a college love story, since a number of songs are all about college life. Some of the songs grow on you, and overall the album is pretty decent. Not classic or lasting, but not bad at all.