Its a Siddharth album and that’s enough for one to have pretty high expectations for he has been one actor who has been consistently having good music in his films irrespective of their box office fate. Does 180 belong to the same league and class. we shall find out.
The album begins with a song called “AJ” sung by Vidhu Pratap and Ramya S Kapadia. The very beginning of the song gives you a feel that you are going to listen song that’s definitely not heard before, well at least in Telugu films. The song floats smoothly between opera and jazz, with a very smooth rendition by the singers. Instant winner for the lovers of music who like their music to be fresh and new.
“Ee Vayasika Radu” follows next sung energetically by Tippu. The song relies heavily of the percussion’s used sparingly, which provides the song its energy. It would take few listenings to get used to the pattern of the beats, once past this hurdle this is a song that would be immensely enjoyable.
“Moonnaale” arrives next and follows a similar pattern to that of the previous song “Ee Vayasika Radu” but the problem here arises due to the singer who isn’t audible clearly, and his tone which is a put off. It feels as if some one is putting a saw into your year and moving it back and forth. And no one is to blame here as its the music director himself who is singing it. A better choice of singer would have made this song much better listening experience. Its better to listen to the Tamil version as far as this song song goes, at the least you wouldn’t feel the lyrics being butchered.
Singer Kathik makes his presence felt in the next number “Nee Maatalo” which follows a similar pattern of that of first song “AJ”. The song also sounds a lot like Malayalam songs in its composition, the middle portions are the best part of the song. Swetha Mohan sings well too. Overall the song doesn’t feel naturally a ‘Telugu’ song in-spite of its sweetness and feels derivative of a Tamil/Malayalam song.
K S Chithra, S Sowmya and Anand together make “Ninna Leni” enjoyable with their singing. But this song too suffers from the same problem of the previous song i.e. it too feels derivative. That does not mean to say it isn’t enjoyable, it is, but would take few attuned hearings to get used to it.
The lyrics of the above two songs are fine and thankfully not butchered by the singers. Well with Karthik, Chithra and Sowmya singing one wouldn’t expect it either.
“Padha Padhamandi” is the last song in the album sung by Vidya Shankar and Kids. The song is constructed as a motivational number with strong chorus backed by inspiring singing. The music is fine and good to listen to while it lasts.
“Radhe Radhe” is a short traditional Indian bhajan song sung on Krishna. The music and singers just recreate the bhajan as it is in Hindi.
Overall the album elicits mixed emotions while one is satisfied with the kind of variety on offer here, as that’s a rarity in Telugu musical scenario, at the time one isn’t too satisfied either as a lot of the music feels derivative. As if its been composed in another language and the lyrics are made to fit into the music. The pauses and the breaks in songs don’t give one a fully satisfied feeling of listening a Telugu song. Still on repeated hearings the mind gets used to the pauses and the patters/orchestration which then makes the album pretty enjoyable.