Looks like this is the season of combinations. After the recent launch of Legend, which was the first film in Bala Krishna- DSP combination, a big ticket album is releasing today which is also a first combination of SS Thaman and Allu Arjun and that is Race Gurram. The film also brings back director Surender Reddy who is known for his stylish taking. The film has raised many expectations and is all set to release soon. Let’s look how the songs fare.
Boochaade Boochade: The song is written by Chandrabose and is sung by Shreya Ghoshal, Naveen madhav and Rahul Nambiar. The song starts with good beat and continues the energy all thru. For all of us, who have connected ourselves with Shreya Ghoshal as a melody queen will have a surprise with this song. She has just rocked and has been the backbone to the song. Chandrabose tried too much to find rhyming words in the songs and the lyrics are just mediocre. The song has usual beats of Thaman but am sure these would give lot of scope to Bunny to show his dancing skills. Though the song in bits reminds many of Thaman’s earlier songs but overall this song could appeal to the audience very fast.
Sweety Sweety: The song is written by Varikuppala Yadagiri and is sung by Siddharth Mahadevan and Rabbit Mac. The song has a good urban flavor with good usage of instruments and beats. Lyrics too are pretty urbane with lot of usage of English words. The rap bit and English lyrics by Rabbit Mac elevate the song. Siddharth Mahadevan has been good with the song. Lyrics are just apt and nothing much to say. Thaman has kept his usual beats away for this song. I can’t say that this would be an instant hit but it could catch up once the film releases.
Cinema Choopistha Mama: The song is written by Varikuppala Yadagiri and is sung by Yadagiri and Simha. The song is a perfect recipe for a mass song with lyrics filled with lot of Telangana words. Thaman has filled the song with tons of energy with his beats and perfect usage of instruments. Bunny would have enjoyed shooting for this song and his fans could definitely expect energetic steps from their hero. Both the singers have done a good job. Lyrics are just apt for the song. Thaman’s beats dominate the lyrics which is little disappointing.
Gala Gala: The song is written by Rehaman and is sung by Dinesh Kanagaratnam and Mega. The song is designed stylishly with urban feel by Thaman. Looks like the film for good part happens abroad and hence the songs has urban look and feel. The song for good part has a Tamil feel to it. Orchestrization is good but Thaman shouldn’t have allowed his instruments to swallow the lyrics. Singers have done decent job. Lyrics are just ok. Many have compared this song to AR Rahman composition but it ends at giving multiple feels to the song and effective usage of instruments. Thaman should also follow ARR’s way of recording vocals and instruments in different tracks so that both don’t clash. The success of this song would depend a lot of taking on the screen.
Down Down Duppa: The song is written by Vishwa and sung by Shruti Haasan and Thaman. The fast paced song with club beats and use of lot of synthesizers. Lyrics are totally inaudible in the song. Shruti Haasan and Thaman have done good job in carrying the energy throughout in the song but this song in no way proves Shruti Haasan’s singing talent and doesn’t help her anyway.
Race Gurram: The song is written by Varikuppala Yadagiri and is sung by Usha Uthup, MM Manasi and MM Monisha. The song is yet another mass song with fast beats and energetic vocals. This song could again make the audience dance in their seats in theatres. Usha Uthup has added the uniqueness of her voice to add energy to the song. It is surprising how she could have so much energy in her voice at her age.
Analysis: On the whole, it can be said that Thaman has broken away from his usual style of composing with this album to an extent. Though we don’t hear his usual beats in some of the songs, he returns back in his usual style in mass songs. The album has a mix of modern and mass songs. Thaman’s music has provided good platform to Allu Arjun to display his dancing skills. The album also breaks away from using usual lyricists like Ramajogayya Shastry, Bhaskarabhatla and Ananth Sriram and gives good opportunity to Varikuppala Yadagiri.
While Boochade, Cinema Choopistha and Race Gurram could appeal to fans pretty easily, the other three would need some time to pick up and would also need strength of taking to back them. As I completed listening to the album, while it looked like a breakaway album for the music director, I realized that not a single song has hummable tune and there is something missing in the album. while albums like this has this tendency of picking up as we listen and we have wait and see if the songs could top the charts before the film releases.