Nothing can prepare you for the sound of Slumdog Millionaire. The album mirrors the magical journey of Jamal, a slum dweller who goes on to win a million rupees on Kaun Banega Crorepati.
The very first track of soundtrack O Saya sets the mood for this kaleidoscopic voyage. Rahman accompanied by M.I.A., the London-based rapper of Sri Lankan descent, croons to the beats of moving train.
After creating soundscapes that conveyed the horrors of riots for Bombay and 1947-Earth, Rahman successfully manages to avoid revisiting the similar mood and charts a different course to convey violence in riots.
For some time now Rahman’s been experimenting more with sounds rather than the basic melody itself. The canvas of Slumdog Millionaire gives him the ultimate playground to tinker around and Rahman switches gears very smoothly.
The smash hit Choli ke Peeche finds itself rehashed as Ringa Ringa. Raquib Alam merrily makes up for Anand Bakshi’s absence by penning a number that evokes the memories of the original.
Slumdog can be best described as a confluence of many music styles similar to the cultural cauldron that India has been identified for many years now. The very essence of Slumdog comes across in Liquid Dance, an eclectic mix of classic Carnatic, Arabic mood aided by the thump of a hip-hop groove.
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