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Slumdog Millionaire

Dance & Electronic and Soundtracks album by A.R. Rahman

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Rising Above the Slums

  • Feb 6, 2009
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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 the movie of which it is a part. The best movie soundtracks not only make a movie better, but they can also stand alone completely apart from the films they accompany. The SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE SOUNDTRACK is a example of a soundtrack that does just that.

My favorite songs on the album include:

1. "O... Saya"--this song opens the film, but is just a great piece of music to listen to for its own sake.

3. "Mausum & Escape"--the piece played when the brothers are fleeing for their lives. It has just the right balance between fearful tension and upbeat excitement.

4. "Paper Planes"--the song played when the boys begin a new chapter in their life working around the Taj Mahal. The song is just a good song to listen to and could easily be a Top 40 hit if it wasn't from a movie soundtrack.

8. "Latika's Theme"--the music that accompanies Latika when she is near Jamal. The song feels like a lullaby.

10. "Millionaire"--the music that ties together the action of the entire film in its climatic scene. The music begins with a techno-styled beat the builds tension tinged with foreboding until it transfers into a more hopeful melody that captures the action of what is happening on the film perfectly. The song is just a great instrumental piece to listen to.

12. "Dreams on Fire"--this song is the closing song of the film. The song builds upon the earlier "Latika's Theme" and gives words and more layers. It's a great way to close the film, but as a piece of music it's also a charming love song. The song reminds me of the closing song "El Bosco" from another Danny Boyle film, MILLIONS.

13. "Jai Ho"--the song that closes out the credits. I admit it. It makes me want to get up and dance.

Overall, a great soundtrack from a beautiful and powerful movie. Fans of the film will enjoy this soundtrack, but people who just enjoy good music will enjoy it, too.

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review by . January 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 …
review by . January 11, 2009
posted in Music Matters
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 …
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Label: Interscope Records
Artist: A.R. Rahman
Genre: Dance & Electronic, Soundtracks
Release Date: December 21, 2008
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