We did not publish a review of the Kannada music for the 1st half of December, considering the releases did not evoke much interest, except for a couple of tracks featured here. Did the 2nd fortnight fare any better? Read on.
Kannalle Kannalle – Srii Bharatha Baahubali – Kadri Manikanth – Anand Audios
Sung by Armaan Malik, this one is a pleasant romantic track. The arrangements evoke a sense of deja vu. But overall the qawwali styled backgrounds and the Armaan’s singing keep the interest going.
Rating – 6/10
Hands Up – Avane Srimannarayana – Ajanessh Lokanath – Paramvah Music
This is one heck of an infectious track from Ajaneesh. Vijay Prakash, Shashank, Pancham Jeeva & Chethan Naik are credited with the superb vocals. Ajaneesh weaves in some fantastic arrangements especially with the strings and the repeating hook of ‘hands up’ & ‘Idhu Charithra’ followed by the trumpet-like sound is mighty groovy!
Rating – 9/10
Nannavale – Inspector Vikram – J.Anoop Seelin – Anand Audio
Despite the sweeping arrangements featuring the Chennai Strings, this song sounds dated and even Sonu Nigam’s presence behind the mic doesn’t add up to much. Narayan Sharma’s solo violin does make a mark.
Rating – 5/10
Sri Raamane – Drona – Ram Krish – Anand Audio
The Vasanta raga base lends an instant likeability to this track and Vijay Prakash is in his elements. The song eulogizes Lord Rama and the lively Shehnai portions work well. The ‘Rama Rama’ chorus amidst the lush violins and the energetic percussion ensemble add to the overall appeal.
Rating – 8/10
Naale Inda Enne Butbudtheeni – Independent Release – Naveen Sajju
This is a trippy and fun song that details the reasoning behind the protagonist quitting booze. One can expect this song to become popular in parties. The song is composed, written and sung by Naveen Sajju with Keyboard and rhythm programming by Gummineni Vijay. Naveen is superb and the arrangements especially, the trumpet-like interlude and the solo violin are stand out and add to the infectious mood.
Rating – 7/10
Despite a wave of releases, the number of tracks that really made the cut in the entire month of December were very few, that too with only a couple of tracks being really exciting. This is a reflection of how the year fared for the Kannada music industry as well with a few stand out albums in the midst of a lot of below-average stuff. We hope the coming decade will be a lot more exciting for the Kannada music.