A. R. Rahman triumphs yet again, his fusion technique really shines in this album.
Jan 18, 2009
A R Rahman has always excelled at fusing varying music instruments and sources into one captivating symphony. This album is no exception. I especially liked O Saya with its tumultuous rhythm, the vocals on the track are A R Rahman (yes he sings too!) and MIA. Liquid Dance was also very energetic and got you moving. Ringa, Ringa really displayed how A R Rahman can cleverly fuse together different sounds and voices to create a raunchy and foot tapping melody.
I'm glad that this Indian born, Trinity Music College (London UK) educated composer, who has gained from the influence of some of the best of Indian musicians like Zakir Hussain and Illaiyaraja, is earning international recognition by winning the Golden Globe recently. However, all the people of Indian sub-continent already acknowledge his musical genius. In my opinion, his work for Slumdog is good but there have been many other albums which are closer to my heart. His soundtracks some of the films like Roja and Bombay by Mani Ratnam, a renowned Indian film maker, were my first introduction to A R Rahman's magic and are beautifully composed, timeless pieces of music.
My other favorites are soundtracks of films like Lagaan, Taal, Guru, Dil Se, Earth 1947, Swades, Water, Rang De Basanti - and that is just the Hindi movie soundtracks. Rahman has produced an amazing amount of work in Indian regional languages as well. For a sample of his work you can google his official website to get a flavor of his music.
In this album, Rahman displays his versatility and his unique sound is a fusion of eastern and western influences. This is most apparent in "Escape" and "Gangsta Rap". If you like listening to world music with fusion elements this energetic album with pulsuating, foot-tapping rythms is a must have for your collection.
Danny Boyle is an amazing film director. Among his many talents as a director is finding great artist to accompany his visual images on the screen. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is a wonderful, masterful film. Accompanying the story that is told on the screen, is the moving soundtrack and score that underlies the images seen on the screen as well as strengthens the emotion felt. Sometimes a soundtrack surpasses the movie it is a part. Other times a soundtrack becomes unforgettable once it is separated from … more
Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack is very nice album. Most of the songs are by M.I.A. and A.R. Rahman. A lot of the songs are fast paced (in the border of techno music), but they are good. I think you will need to watch the movie to be able to appreciate these soundtracks even more (great movie too by the way. one of the most heartfelt and touching movie/story in a while). I specifically like, O.. Saya, Jai Ho, and both versions of Paper Planes.. And … more
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