Kanakagiri Siddhartha

OK Bangaram Music Review

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AR Rahman is back with a bang. Off late he was spending too much time Auto-Tuning pedestrian singers and too little time composing the great stuff he was always capable of. So much so that even his last combination with Mani Ratnam, who elicited the best work from him was not as good except a couple of great notes. 

But with OK Bangaram (OK Kanmani in Tamizh), the combination works magic again. This time, they roped in Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry to pen the lyrics in Telugu and his quality shows immediately, you do not have to listen the songs multiple times to make sense of them. Not translating from Tamizh is essential to ensure the lyrics do not sound wierd in Telugu. Mani Ratnam 's movies missed it after Veturi. 

So this combination of greats presents us an album full of zest, melody and experiment.

The best of the lot is 'Manase Teeyaga..Swaramulu Chindene' , rendered soulfully by Chitra. Its a classical composition that, while does not sound completely original, has a haunting quality that grows in you on.

I also liked 'Rara Aatagaada' which reminds me of A R Rahman in his 'Boys' form . Absolutely rocking composition.

'Mental Madilo' lives upto the teaser.

'Yedo Adagana'..is another classical composition, which is good but not great.

'Nito Alaa' is a trance number and is much soothing.

'Mayedo Cheyava' is a bit disappointing but not bad at all.

'Aye Amaayika' has great lyrics and nice beats too.

'Maula Wa Sallim' is a devotional sung by A R Rahman's son A R Ameen who puts his heart and soul into it, but the recording shouts out 'Auto-Tuned'!


Over all 4/5 for the album.

I have listened all the songs also in Tamizh and they sound great too!

This one being the best: 'Malargal Kaetten' by Chitra.

P.S. Having said that, i am not very hopeful that the movie would be good, Nithya menen notwithstanding. Last time Mani made a half decent movie was more than 10 years ago, Yuva, which was not a patch on Amritha, the movie he made just before he made Yuva. His last two movies were his weakest scripts. Let us see. 

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