Slumdog Millionaire

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All Music Guide - Bhasker Gupta
It's ironic that the most recognized album of A.R. Rahman is not his best work. For many Rahman fans, Slumdog Millionaire is not exactly the sound that they attribute to him. His Bollywood successes are designed as playback songs rather than as background scores. Thus, with the additional element of vocal melodies, his past accomplishments weigh heavily in public perception of his incredible music. While it very well deserved the enthusiastic applause at the Academy Award and Golden Globe ceremonies, Slumdog Millionaire will ignite lesser fervor in someone who has followed Rahman's music closely over the past two decades. It still has the all-pervading signature sound of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bhasker Gupta
It's ironic that the most recognized album of A.R. Rahman is not his best work. For many Rahman fans, Slumdog Millionaire is not exactly the sound that they attribute to him. His Bollywood successes are designed as playback songs rather than as background scores. Thus, with the additional element of vocal melodies, his past accomplishments weigh heavily in public perception of his incredible music. While it very well deserved the enthusiastic applause at the Academy Award and Golden Globe ceremonies, Slumdog Millionaire will ignite lesser fervor in someone who has followed Rahman's music closely over the past two decades. It still has the all-pervading signature sound of Rahman with its brilliant percussion, ominous electronica, and somber crooning, yet it displays a more hurried pace in contrast to his more subtle offerings, in which music serves as a colorful canvas behind beautiful vocal portraits. What's more interesting with this album is the flash of experimentation that wouldn't have been possible in a Bollywood album -- minimalist electronica with "Riots," acid jazz with "Millionaire," and big beat with "Liquid Dance." Rahman packs this album with his usual well-credited crew, including Blaaze for the hip-hop-styled "Gangsta Blues," Sukhwinder Singh for album highlight "Jai Ho," and Suzanne for the lighthearted "Latika's Theme" and "Dreams on Fire." The most talked-about addition in the list of singers here is M.I.A. She delivers exciting vocals on the opening theme "O... Saya." The album also includes an original song from M.I.A.'s Kala album, the hit "Paper Planes" (also here in a special remix), as well as the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composition "Aaj Ki Raat" from the film Don. The success of Slumdog Millionaire's music can be traced back to the success of the film, and while the world was late in noticing Rahman until Slumdog Millionaire remedied that situation, listeners should explore his other offerings -- both past and, one assumes, future -- that could be considered more highly deserving of accolades.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
Like the film. the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire is all curry-flavored ghetto fabulousness. M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" makes a cameo, but the star of the album is the songwriter who M.I.A. calls "the Indian Timbaland": A.R. Rahman.
Los Angeles Times - Kenny Turan
Danny Boyle has upped the ante by hiring the great A.R. Rahman, the king of Bollywood music, to contribute one of his unmistakable propulsive scores.
MTV News - Kurt Loder
The propulsive score, by Bollywood soundtrack auteur A. R. Rahman, is hip-hop fusion of a very up-to-date kind.

Danny Boyle has upped the ante by hiring the great A.R. Rahman, the king of Bollywood music, to contribute one of his unmistakable propulsive scores.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/2008
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602517946293
  • Catalog Number: 001250202

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 O... Saya - M.I.A. (3:33)
  2. 2 Riots (1:59)
  3. 3 Mausam & Escape (3:52)
  4. 4 Paper Planes - M.I.A. (3:23)
  5. 5 Paper Planes - M.I.A. (5:49)
  6. 6 Ringa Ringa (4:15)
  7. 7 Liquid Dance - Palakkad Sriram (2:58)
  8. 8 Latika's Theme - Suzanne (3:09)
  9. 9 Aaj Ki Raat - Alisha Chinoy (6:07)
  10. 10 Millionaire (2:44)
  11. 11 Gangsta Blues - Blaaze (3:41)
  12. 12 Dreams on Fire - Suzanne (4:08)
  13. 13 Jai Ho (5:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
A.R. Rahman Primary Artist
Rashid Ali Guitar
Sanjay Joseph Guitar
Asad Sitar
Technical Credits
Mick Jones Composer
Joe Strummer Composer
Topper Headon Composer
Paul Simonon Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
William Pentz Composer
A.R. Rahman Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Score
Gretchen Anderson Producer
The DFA Remixing
Anthony Seyler Executive Producer
Javed Akhtar Composer
Diplo Composer
M.I.A. Composer
Dyana Kass Marketing
Raquib Alam Composer
Dina Hovsepian Art Administration
Mister R. Samidurai Contributor
Wendy Diplock Marketing
Gulzar Composer
Shankar Ehsaan Loy Composer
Tanvi Shah Composer
Jennie Boddy Publicity
Raquel Bongiovani Mastering
Vivianne Chaix Engineer
T.R. Krishna Chetan Programming
P.A. Deepak Programming, Engineer
Hentry Kuruvilla Programming
Pravin Mani Programming
V.J. Srinivasamurthy Vocal Supervision
Blaaze Composer
Sampooran Singh Gulzar Composer
Maya Arulpragasam Composer
Wendy Parr Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fantastic - actually works as part of the story

    So many films use music as a filler screenwriters don't have to do their jobs. But in this one, the music is a supplement - and it works splendidly! M.I.A is F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C. And the mix of Hindi and English music works great! Highly recommend this score and film for everyone!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very fitting to the film

    Its rare that an awesome film has a soundtrack that is of equal, or better quality. It's way original and seldom dull.Great overall.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Music is uplifting and has a great beat. Even better if you saw the movie.

    Loved the music. Salesperson at Barnes and Noble also recommended other CDs by same artist which was helpful. I did purchase other CDs by the artist and have been very pleased with the music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy two!

    Loved it so much that I bought a second CD for my car. Love the music. Lots of energy and lots of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice

    We love everything on this CD

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing sound track

    Saw the movie first (loved it) and immediately ran out to get the album. Was not disappointed. The composer has done a brilliant job of creating music that enhances the movie; I cannot imagine the movie without this music. At the same time, the album stands on its own as energizing, uplifting, poignant, soulful, graceful and ultimately victorius. For some, the M.I.A. tracks are their favorite (which are indeed very catchy). However, you know the music is great when they are singing in a language you can't even understand and yet you are moved and trying to sing along...lol. I've listened to the first and last tracks a hundred times (so uplifting) and yet, all the tracks in between is great, too. So glad this movie was made so I got to hear this composer's work. Hats off to the vocal performers, too. They mesh beautifully with the whole composition. Thank you Mr. Rahman.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music!

    This music CD is definitely worth all of the money spent on it! The music ranges from soothing to uplifting! I have listented to this CD over and over again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Can't stop listening

    One of the things I loved about the film Slumdog Millionaire was the music. The score and overall soundtrack pull you back into the beauty, darkness, and ultimately the euphoric feeling of victory in the end. If you enjoy world music, I'm sure you'll like this soundtrack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Soundtrack

    Really like this soundtrack. The music reflects the movie very well. Just which the Pussycat dolls version of Jai Ho was on the CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Slumdog Millionaire

    The sound track to Slumdog is brilliant! A.R. Rahman is absolutely brilliant. This music is so essential to the movie, neither would have shone without the other!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A fantastic soundtrack to complement a fantastic movie!

    I absolutely loved this CD. I greatly enjoyed the movie, and soon after, purchased the soundtrack! If you liked the movie, then you'd definitely enjoy the soundtrack!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for my work out routine!

    Like the up beat music. I have seen the movie and can relate the music to the story line. Have been to India so enjoy the Bollywood flavor.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I liked this better than I thought I would.

    During the movie, I was aware of the music but didn't listen to the various nuances of the melodies, style, etc. Later I bought it mostly because I like world music and, since it was nominated for best soundtrack, I thought it would be worth a shot. I am not a fan of rap & like little hip hop but when I heard the album, I even enjoyed those styles of music. It's lots of fun & very upbeat; it makes you feel good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    slumdog

    almost as good as being there

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE THE MUSIC..LOVED THE MOVIE ~!

    GREAT!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The movement does not stop!

    Even if you have not seen the movie; the sound track stands on its own. If you have seen the movie this will bring back all images and colors of this award winning film.

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