The Bottom Line
A. R. Rahman is a celebrated composer in the Eastern world with over 100 awards and recognitions, however, in the Western world he is relatively unknown. For the first time in the composer's history, he was nominated and awarded both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Film Score for his work in Slumdog Millionaire. The soundtrack is a marvelous coupling of traditional Bollywood music and cutting edge hip-hop. Rahman's intriguing musical combination gives way to a fast paced, high energy soundtrack that has garnered critical acclaim and many new fans.
- A completely different listening experience as compared to other original film scores
- A unique and energetic fusion of urban, hip-hop, and the traditional Bollywood music
- Golden Globe winner for Best Film Score
- You'll need to see the movie to appreciate the score in its entirety
- Released: December 2008
- 1 Disk, 13 Tracks
- Interscope Records
Guide Review - Slumdog Millionaire - A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman's Slumdog Millionaire is an exciting film score. The eccentric album is the revolutionized Bollywood score. Current and cutting-edge, Rahman brought two seemingly contrasting styles of music together: Indian and Hip-Hop. I'm sure it was an "Ah ha!" moment for Rahman when the idea was conceived. His composition seems to be the natural progression for Bollywood music. Both musical styles rely heavily on rhythm - you would have thought the two would have been fused together before (though I'm sure that's the genius of Rahman - he was able to execute the idea flawlessly). Apart from Rahman's scores, the album also features works in collaboration with M.I.A., BlaaZe, and Sonu Nigam. In addition to his Academy Award nomination for Best Film Score, two of Rahman's songs "O... Saya" and "Jai Ho" were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. After listening to the album, it's easy to hear why. "O... Saya" opens the album with hypnotic, trance-like rhythms and a simplistic recurring theme. "Jai Ho", a "traditional" happy-go-lucky, feel-good, large scale Bollywood song, concludes the album. M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes," which is borrowed from M.I.A.'s album Kala, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.