Connections (Wrasse Records WRASS265, 2010)
The great Indian composer A. R. Rahman handpicked the pieces included in his new album Connections, which is collection of some of his favorite compositions. “Connections is a very special compilation of songs done at various stages of my life. They all mean a lot to me and I hope the album will be enjoyed by all” says Rahman.
The album features captivating pop, R&B and rootsy bhangra songs, instrumentals and remixes with contemporary arrangements that bring the best of Indian rhythms, melodies and vocals combined with the latest electronic technology. Rahman’s personal favorites include ‘Khalballi’ (Rang De Basanti), ‘Dil Se Re’ (Dil Se) & ‘Meherbaan’ (Ada) and ‘Jiya Se Jiya’ with A. R. Rahman on vocals accompanied by master percussionist Sivamani, which was never released on CD. Connections also features Rahman’s first English-language release “Pray for me Brother” and the beautiful cult classic “Bombay Theme”.
With Connections, A. R. Rahman demonstrates once more why he is one of the most relevant figures in Indian pop and film music.
Buy the album:
- In North America: Connections. Other recordings available: The Best of A.R. Rahman-Music And Magic From The Composer Of Slumdog Millionaire, Introducing A.R. Rahman, A.R. Rahman: Between Heaven and Earth, Signature Collection- 51 Songs by Rahman, composer of Slumdog Millionaire (3 CD Set), Will You Cross the Skies For Me / Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya
- In Europe: Connections. Other recordings available: The Signature Collection – 3 CD Set, The Best of A.R. Rahman-Music And Magic From The Composer Of Slumdog Millionaire, Fire, Introducing A.R. Rahman: Original Soundtracks From The Musical Genius Of The Indian Cinema, The Rahman Experience: Bollywood and Beyond
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.