Saturday, August 13, 2016

Music Review (Telugu): Janatha Garage

Music Review (Telugu): Janatha Garage
Music Composer: Devi Sri Prasad

Pranaamam rides mainly on the effortless rendition by the Shankar Mahadevan while Ranina Reddy bolsters with the brief Carnatic layer to the song intermittently. Though the tune strictly confines to the DSP domain without adding much novelty factor, composer added few enticing touche in the interludes like fabulous Kishore's Sitar and Kiran Kumar's flute.DSP relegates the stock tunes which he used to sing himself in his earlier days to Raghu Dixit, his recent frequent collaboration in almost all Telugu albums. However once again Rock on Bro's tune is pretty much warmed up stuff and the song is salvaged due to engaging Raghu Dixit vocals and foot-tapping orchestration with Keba's guitar sounds predominant.

Apple beauty is another hackneyed tune from DSP while the lead singers Yazin Nizar and Neha Basin tries hard to sound cool and trendy. Ramajogayya Sastry incorporated motley of random cool phrases to match with the upbeat tune. DSP's orchestration also has nothing special to offer apart from his stale foot tapping rhythms. Jayaho Janatha is probably the best song in an otherwise underwhelming album while vocal powerhouses Vijay Prakash and Sukhwinder singh elevate the mood of the song with their stupendous rendition. DSP's arrangements are also quite enticing with the fabulous usage of Babu's trumpet and string instrument with a tinge of Middle Eastern touch in the interludes. Nee Selavadigi is an emotional number from the composer which rides on the pitch perfect rendition of Swetha Mohan while DSP engages the listener with Balaji's quite wailing violin solos and string sections. The song's only grouse is the less than two minutes duration. DSP ends the album with undeniable and unwarranted Andhra kuthu Pakka Localu which has every element one can associate with the songs of this genre. Every Music director and director in Tollywood continues to churn out the similar pattern songs tirelessly and Geetha Madhuri is as energetic as always in delivering the songs of this genre with perfection.

Verdict: Devi Sri Prasad's Janatha Garage is far from his best work and the album is filled with hackneyed tunes which bog down the listener's interest.

My rating: 6.5/10

Pick of the album: Jayaho Janatha, Nee Selavadigi, Pranaamam