Saturday September 26, 2009

Music review: Couples Retreat (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – A R Rahman)

Posted by Karthik

A R Rahman’s soundtrack for Couples Retreat is disparate, background-music material, given the strong connection between the mostly-wordless tracks and the film. Barring two full songs – the romantically corny Sajna and the soundtrack’s best – a Tamil song, Kuru Kuru, the rest is a curious mélange of occasionally likeable sounds. Tracks that stand out include the exuberantly Caribbean, Nana; the richly resonant, Undress; the Kailash Kher featuring flamenco-fusion, Salvadore and at least one solid world music’ish track, Animal Spirits. The soundtrack seems meaningless without the film; Rahman merely creates an Indian film styled, multi-genre assortment, with no dominant theme.

Keywords: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Jean Reno, A R Rahman



  • tejas

    Rahman’s influences are from 80’s and 90’s. It shows as soon as he has to create a pop sound; Case in point, Shanno, Sajna, cheesy romantics ballads from JTYJN and recent Blue. I wish he picks up better role models for himself.

    This is not a critique of Couples Retreat soundtrack.

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  • mhafeez

    Yup! sounds too plain and unable to connect. Any idea which is the track which plays in the trailer of this movie?

  • akuppu

    kuru kuru ..pen just awesome…Rehman..kalakitaar…he is a true inspiration to all musicians in India..

  • mhafeez

    ok. got it. The song which runs in the background for the trailer is not by Rahman. It is by Matt Costa – “Oh Dear”. Nice song though!!

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