Slumdog Millionaire [Music from the Motion Picture]

Slumdog Millionaire [Music from the Motion Picture]

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by A.R. Rahman
     
 

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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 inSee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/21/2008
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602517946293
catalogNumber:
001250202

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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
William Pentz   Composer
A.R. Rahman   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Score
Gretchen Anderson   Producer
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
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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