A.R. Rahman with Various Artists
The Best of A.R. Rahman – Music And Magic From The Composer Of Slumdog Millionaire (Legacy Recordings, 2009)
Capitalizing on the 2009 Oscar Award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the smash hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, The Best of A.R. Rahman – Music And Magic From The Composer Of Slumdog Millionaire has hit the streets. Beyond just the Oscar Awards, Mr. Rahman is riding on a success high that includes a 2008 Critics Choice Award, a Golden Globe, 7 BAFTA Awards and three Academy Award nominations, not to mention selling over 200 million albums and considered as one of the hottest Bollywood film composers.
To lure new fans in the wake of the Slumdog Millionaire success, Legacy Records has released the compilation The Best of A.R. Rahman. Drawing from Sony Music Entertainment India recordings Vande Mataram (1997), Dil Hi Dil Mein (1999), Zubeidaa: Story of a Princess (2000), Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), Bombay Dreams (2002), Between Heaven and EarthMeenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities (2003), (2004), Rang De Basanti (2005) and Guru (2006). Keep in mind, this compilation doesn’t include tracks from his other recordings, singles, film soundtracks, concert recordings or musicals. Oh, by-the-way Mr. Rahman is only 43 years old.
Within The Best of A.R. Rahman, it’s easy to see the brilliance rise in Mr. Rahman’s still young career. Juxtaposing the achingly lovely "So Gaye Hain" with stunning vocals by Lata Mangeshkar against the feel-good hipness of "Gurus of Peace" with vocals by Mr. Rahman and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan makes this compilation downright delightful. Opening hip hop whirlwind track "Rand De Basanti" with vocals by Daler Mehndi and Chitra and the deliciously stylized "Barso Re" with vocals by Shreya Ghoshal and Uday Mazumdar are infectiously mesmerizing.
The compilation also includes the breezy track "Tere Bina" with vocals by Mr. Rahman and Chinmayee, the sultry "Mayya" with sumptuous vocals by Maryem Toller, Chinmayee and Keerthi and the richly worked "Ghanan Ghanan" with artists Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Sukhwinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan and Kishori Gowariker.
Blurring the lines between genres and dreaming up a mystical musical landscape, Mr. Rahman has the uncanny ability to capture the evocative in modern Indian music. The Best of A.R. Rahman is perfect for longtime fans and for fans just discovering Mr. Rahman’s work.
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Author: TJ Nelson
TJ Nelson is a regular CD reviewer and editor at World Music Central. She is also a fiction writer. Check out her latest book, Chasing Athena’s Shadow.
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