The theatrical trailer, audio songs, and a few video songs are released for the Telugu movie "Nenu Sailaja". I heard the songs on Apple Radio and quite enjoyed the album. This is the best album of DSP that I have heard since "Mirchi". Yes, I know that there are a couple of albums that were major hits (Srimanthudu, S/O Sathyamurthy, Puli) but I found this album more endearing and genuine than some of the other recent hits.
1) Crazy.. Crazy Feeling - A well made song with a catchy tune. Lyrics allude to the mushy feelings of someone falling in love for the first time. Prudhvi Chandra did an awesome job with the song. They lyrics are smart. I quite like the use of the crazy feeling in the song.
2) Night Is Still Young - The song starts with a very disco-esque beat. An upbeat song that is song well by David Simon. The song is groovy. My only issue with this song is the "Telugu Rap". It felt a little forced, may be because of the language barrier for David Simon.
3) Em Cheppanu - This is one of my favorite songs from this album. I may be biased because I am a huge fan of singer Karthik. This was a unique use of Karthik's vocal skills. It's become a cliché to use Karthik's vocals for romantic songs. It was refreshing to hear him sing a song about what seems like heart ache. Rama Jogayya Sastry did an awesome job with the lyrics. The temptation would have been to make the song very soppy or sorrow-filled. I am glad DSP resisted the temptation and kept the tone very matter-of-fact. I noticed Karthik struggling with the high notes, it added a special something to the song as it seemed more organic. Sorry, I am a hopeless fan of Karthik's voice.
4) Sailaja... Sailaja - A standard massy song in this album. The lyrics are decent. Sagar did an apt job singing the job but the style felt very reminiscent of "Jaaruko" from S/O Satyamurthy. I wish he had tried to sing it differently to avoid typecasting.
5) Masti Masti - This is an interesting song. I found myself liking parts of the song and also not liking parts of it. I did not like the part where they sing "masti masti zindagi hain masti". I quite liked how DSP treated both the charanams. The lyrics seemed a little forced at some points.
All in all, great album. Looking forward to hearing it more in the future.
I have been using Apple Radio for the past couple months. I got to know about it after I read it on A.R. Rahman's twitter feed. The first month subscription was a free trial. I was amazed by the world of music the subscription allowed me to access. There was a neat feature in the installation process to specify one's interests in music categories. Not only do I get to listen to non-stop songs by a singer or music type but I also get to see several recommendations that are related to the music I am listening to. That feature has been most helpful to me. Most of my music is saved in the form of iTunes. However, I am also a busy and lazy music connoisseur. My ability to download and collect songs depends on the amount of time I have at the time I think of a song. Using apple radio, I can download the music as soon as I look at the recommendation and decide that I want to save the song. As long as there is WiFi connectivity, I am good for listening to several songs. All in all, it is a great idea by Apple and one that is of practical use. I have now subscribed to the paid version of the product. At $9.99/month for a individual plan, I get to access the world of music, literally at my finger tips. I also don't need to worry about piracy issues, which is a big thing for me. I have not tried other features yet. Will post an update to this when I find out more cool features of this product.
If you are interested in the apple radio, you can check it out here.
It is a welcome change to see so many actors sing their own songs these days. It used to be that way in the yester years and now we are back to that trend. Be it Priyanka Chopra or Farhan Akhtar or Shraddha Kapoor or Alia Bhatt, there are quite a few actors that are willing to stretch their vocal muscles. I for one really appreciate this change. However, I cannot help but wonder how much of a threat they are to the leading professional singers.