Friday, March 14, 2008

Greatest Love Songs: Dole Dole (Telugu)

Not many songs deserve a review from me, and only a few deserve a detailed explanation. But this song is so good, that it deserves a blow by blow account from me. So here it is, enjoy reading about it after listening to the song.
Dole Dole from the Telugu movie "Pokiri" sung by Ranjith and Suchitra

The "Nam Dam Thara Thiri Thada" repeated about 4 times (the echo effect) with which it starts give you the feel of being transported to a new world, to a dream perhaps. Then the vocals start off in the best way they could have- the beats gradually pickin' up speed and reaching a stable state- the state in which most part of the song stays.

From thereon it sounds as if an apsara from Heaven is singing (and the song is full of her overtures). Suchitra's voice (enhanced with more echo and other such fine tuning) combined with the lyrics- seem to be feeding you wine- no something even more intoxicating than that- heavenly nectar!

"Some voices are a whine,
And some sing like a swine,
But the sweetest purest voice is wine"
-Prashanth Krishnan

She stands as living proof of the above poem.

You're taken to dizzy heights when she starts off Zara Jaldi Jaldi and the Vadi Antharanga line complements her voice like the cross to the t.

If her "Omaha Zeeya" made Uyirin Uyire the flier it was, this line makes this song the Melody it is.

The Chalega Chalega cameo (Ranjith is the male lead) is that part of the song that keeps appearing occasionally (and at the right places) to allow you to loosen up your legs after reaching excited states with the preceding lines (Courtesy: Suchitra)- it throws (or rather, brings) you back into reality.
It is instances like these that add color (not that it lacks variety) to the song, else it would seem like an Angel playing her Harp- sweet and enchating, yet sounding the same, some "insane" (forgive me, couldn't find another word!!) people might say.

Then of course it has some beautiful interludes with the violin and guitar (the whole song uses all kinds of instruments to fantastic effect) - readying the launch pad like Dhoni with a good bat-lift (before that huge loft).

Then of course- the usual train like drum beats that was also heard in Suttum Vizhi Sudare, overlapped by a chorus rendering guaranteed to switch off all interaction with surroundings and pull you inside- perhaps you might indulge in nostalgia, or maybe you might be enjoying a trip in the beach with your sweetheart, or might just enjoy the blissful state.
The Veena and Tabla in this place are worthy additions.
The baton is handed over to Main Vocals with a high pitched bouncer (the last words of the chorus- "Hooo").
Then the Siren Suchitra continues her overtures in the 1st verse- nothing need to be specially mentioned here- the rendering speaks for itself, with Sumanth's words "Gnaaaa" adding a feel of pure Carnatic (trust me, pure Carnatic has no place here, but it seems so it does)

The lyrics need special mention here- very rhyming and not at one moment losing the momentum, in fact gaining as Suchi glides on.

The "So you wanna shake it up now" in the end (afore the fast Veena bit) reminds you that this is just another song- not a Deva Gaana.

It seems to take off for a moment, and then it reaches a sort of constancy- and softness- back to nostalgia, the chorus doubly pleasing now, combined with Zwishchenzungs from the men chorus and the oddities in the beats. This is the best part of the song some might say-a finesse guaranteed to please all and sundry.
This is the part solely reserved by the drums- like the Veena and Tabla in the last chorus.
And it starts off with a drum beat that sounds like a following a ball in a squash court- reverberating off each wall.
The "lla lei" is so wonderfully complemented by the "Krr" sounds of the beat.

The whole bit allows you to sip the music, taking your time, allowing you to get used to the impact, and delaying (or should I say extending) the pleasure for some more time.

The 2nd verse is just about the same as the 1st (I understood as little of it as the whole song, but the lyrics again impress- rhyming and keeping tempo. Perhaps I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much had I understood what the words meant)- but the words "Sun Mere Deewana" sound quite different to "Dil Bar Dekhona". Both extremely sensuous and inviting, and leave a great impact.
By now you know the song is nearing its end- so you enjoy the last words more- the Dalari Dayake Yagasi Yagake doesn't disappoint you there.

The grand finale is the unexpected early arrival Zara Jaldi Jaldi- the signature lines of the Siren, overlapping (or rather overstepping) the "So you wanna…" and gives you one final peg of the best Beluga to our ears- it really feels as if Christmas came earlier.
You digest each word with the concentration of a micro-biologist, by now well used to the lyrics, and knowing that these are her last lines (of the song that is!).

The song ends in quick fashion- like a Dhoni cameo ending an Indian run-fest, with the bit "So you wanna…" which never seemed to stick anywhere, allowed to finish the number.

Here's the song(will be put soon today)

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