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Aagadu Music Review: The Pressure On Thaman Is Audible

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The much hyped, the much awaited, music album of the year, Aagadu is out. It is SS Thaman’s 50th album as a composer. Has he made it a special album or will it remain as just another album in the end. There are tremendous expectations on the album but given Thaman’s recent mixed form, we approach it with a skeptical mind, keeping the high expectations aside.

The music that we have been so addicted to for the past few months begins the album on a scintillating note. But barring that recurring musical bit accompanied by the ‘Aagadu’ bit and the ‘Hindi’ phrase rest doesn’t have that adrenaline rush feel. In the end its only the already popular musical bit from teasers that stays on our mind.

‘Aaja Saroja’ takes Thaman into a Mani Sharma territory where there is a good neatly designed sound that instantly gives us a soothing feeling but it eventually lacks in a cohesive tune that could be hummable. It just flows from one point to another without a strong cohesive binding force which is a solid melody or tune.

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Any avid Telugu music lover, if made to heard the song ‘Bhel Puri’ without showing any credit could mistake it to be a number from a Ravi Teja film. The singing style and lyrics is so typical of songs from his films. It is a fun number without any doubt and after few listens one is easily addicted to the rhythm even though there is nothing extraordinary here. It is a typical heard before number done neatly.

The next two numbers ‘Junction Lo’ and ‘Naari Naari’ are very routine Thaman numbers at this point. The former an item number, despite the best efforts by Thaman, lacks freshness. The stanzas are good here compared to the interludes mainly due to the lyrics and the accompanying retro styled music. The latter begins well but slips down soon and the downward trend continues throughout. ‘Theme of Aagadu’ is just a compilation of dialogues from all the trailers released so far. It might be fun for the fans but a joke on the rest in the name of a theme.

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Aagadu is clearly far from being a memorable album of any sort. One can feel an invisible pressure on Thaman to deliver something special for this 50th album. And as if that was not enough he also has to live up to the expectations that comes up with this album coming in Dookudu combination. It shows and no matter how skeptically we approach it, the expectations and comparisons creep up spoiling the decent album that it actually is. Using a dialogue from the new theatrical trailer may be its time the music director ‘upgraded’ himself.

Our picks: Bhel Puri, Aagadu

Rating: 3/5

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