Slumdog Millionaire [Music from the Motion Picture]

Slumdog Millionaire [Music from the Motion Picture]

by A.R. Rahman
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Slumdog Millionaire [Music from the Motion Picture]

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.

Product Details

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

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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Slumdog Millionaire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
ajunatnyc More than 1 year ago
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!
Meliroe More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
I-love-B-and-N More than 1 year ago
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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love everything on this CD
MI_Larry More than 1 year ago
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.
pudljmpr More than 1 year ago
Loved it so much that I bought a second CD for my car. Love the music. Lots of energy and lots of fun.
Mz_Bliz More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really like this soundtrack. The music reflects the movie very well. Just which the Pussycat dolls version of Jai Ho was on the CD.
kpeterson32 More than 1 year ago
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.
3kittiesKH More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
VaLVC More than 1 year ago
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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