Keeravani is a talented music director who has not exactly got his due in the industry. The thing about him is that he can come up good in any kind of situation. He can deliver a robust mass number follow it with a hummable softie. In between, he can slip in a whacky rocky rhythm.
Keervani gives play to all his talents in Manasu Mata Vinadhu. Though by no stretch his best, Keeravani again shows that he can never be written off.
Heavy beats and husky singing normally don't go hand in hand. But KK and Shreya Ghosal show it is possible. Though the rhythms, straight from Punjabi heartland, are loud, the song passes muster thanks to the efforts of the singers. The tune is however predictable.
2. Eenamina Makarina
This is Tippu's territory. Jazzy music, a rap-like tune, Tippu at the helm. You can very well imagine what kind of a song it is. The interludes, liberally borrowed from rock, are modern and techno-timed. Another one for the disco halls.
After the first two heavy-handed songs, it is almost a relief to hear this number. Soft and sincere, it gets the right impetus thanks to KK's soulful rendering. KK from the first song to this is totally transformed. The orchestration is also apt. The violin bits adding to the essential mood of the song
The song is straight for the front-benchers. Malathi does what she does best --- sing with zing and zeal. She, however, does go overboard, at some points. In a sense, it is inevitable in the way she sings. The tune, a south Indian folksy one, adds more punch with the use of local percussions. Venki, the male voice, is a strange choice. His nasal delivery is pronounced and grates on your ears.
5. Nuvvu Nijam
The song, slightly slow paced, has a catchy beat. The singing here is not the best. Yet, the number holds itself because of the simplified instrumentation and essential lilt in the tune. Among the singers, Sunitha is more inspired. Kalyani Malik, though, could have done better. The soft melody stays with you long after the song is heard.
6. Nunu Arosari Anu
Kalyani Malik rather atones for his off-form in the previous song. Zeenia Roy, his companion in the number, is also good. The orchestration is slightly confusing as it runs the entire gamut, not falling into a particular genre. The beat is attractive and the tune, though reminiscent of an A R Rehman song, passes muster.
7. Saradaga Untaam
Sukhvinder Singh in his elements. He is aided by an smart tune. Though his Telugu pronunciation is less than perfect, Sukhvinder compensates with vivacious style. He doesn't hold anything back. The tune makes you click your fingers and tap your feet. Bound to be a hit, surely.
Keeravani has delivered a huge buffet --- though the individual dishes could have been better, but there can be complaining about the total spread.