Couples Retreat [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Soundtrack
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Music Composed and Produced by A R Rahman best known for his score to Slumdog Millionaire. This is Rahman's first official US Soundtrack release. The film, titled Couples Retreat, opens October 9th and stars Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Jason Bateman.
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For him to choose a throwaway romantic comedy like Couples Retreat as his first mainstream Hollywood feature might seem a little peculiar, but it's actually not that much of a stretch. Throughout his career in India Rahman has mixed scoring serious dramas and action films with comedies and musicals, and he's simply expanded his repertoire to include mainstream American films. It also helps tremendously that parts of Couples Retreat are genuinely lovely. The tour-de-force cue is the "Jason & Cynthia Suite", an emotional, full-orchestral piece that any Hollywood composer would be proud to call their own. Building from intimate acoustic guitars, it gradually swells and grows into a wonderful, spine-tingling romantic celebration of love and life, and dispels entirely the notion that Rahman is a one-trick pony, and finally shows American audiences why he is so revered and in demand in his homeland.
The rest of the score similarly impresses; "Tour of the Villas" restates the lush part of the love theme with a bubbling tropical percussion undercurrent and a wholly unexpected erhu solo, "The Waterfall" gives the main theme a shimmering, enticing gloss; "Jason and Cynthia Piano Theme" has a sensitive solo piano, cello and oboe recapitulation; and the conclusive "Animal Spirits" is a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, wholly intoxicating calypso celebration. As if that were not enough, "Itinerary" adopts an almost mock-Russian aspect with its waltz-time seriousness, "Undress" revisits the striking sounds of India with which Rahman is most associated; "Sharks" has the choppy string writing reminiscent of John Williams in the score's one action cue; and the various cues which feature the mysterious Marcel ("Meeting Marcel", the superb "Intervention") make use of throat singers, exotic woodwinds, dark and tumultuous string writing, and generally oppressive atmosphere.
Even the songs are really good; "Sajna", the opening track, features a lovely performance by R&B vocalist P.J Morton and a dream-like texture clearly modeled on Latika's theme from Slundog Millionaire; "Kurukuru Kan" is a similarly exotic, yet soothing African jam with an Indian lilt; and "Na Na" is a reggae-inflected good time sunshine song reminiscent of artists such as Pato Banton or Shaggy. It's impossible to overstate how impressive this score really is, and anyone who figured Rahman to be a Santaolalla-style flash in the pan unworthy of his Oscar would do well to seek this out and see what kind of music he is actually capable of writing.
Theatrical: October 9, 2009
I am pretty sure that even if people don't remember the film name but they will remember Music by AR Rehman in Hollywood Movie ( Hindi and Tamil Song songs in Holly wood)
Music Review :
Woh! i feel proud when i came to know that the oscar award winner A. R rehman given Music to a Hollywood movie.
1. Most of the music in the CD album are the instrumental ( orchestra arrangement) .
2. There are total of 15 tracks
3. This came as a big surprise , Tamil Song in an Hollywood movie "Kuru Kuru " : sung by AR rehman itself
Kuru kuru kangalilele...
(Rolling or naughty eyes)
4. Sajna Track : English and Hindi Words : a nice soft romantic number
5. Animal Soundtrack : amazing compilation . Worth listening
6. Nana : Another amazing peppy compilation . Rap compilation-- > My Fav : Turn on the speakers , get on the dance floor
7. Insstrumental version of Sajna is "tour of Villas"
Recommended tracks - Nana , Kuru Kuru, Sajna, Animal Track