Wednesday May 14, 2014

Million Dollar Arm (Music review), A R Rahman

Posted by Karthik

Rang De Basanti’s left-over Makhna and let-us-obviously-fuse-Punjabi-and-rap Million Dollar Dream are intermittently engaging, thanks to the vocalists – Sukhwinder and Iggy Azalea, respectively. KT Tunstall and Rahman’s We Could Be Kings is however coherent and rhythmic, with fantastic vocals by both. Ditto with Taa taa tai – frenetic sitar complementing Rahman’s energetic call-out. Keep The Hustle, featuring Wale and Raghav Mathur, is Disney-style exotica fusion, with good techno elements. Rahman’s London 2012 Olympic song featuring Jaspreet Jasz, Nimma nimma, gets another variant, and it continues to be middling. Unborn Children, Thirakkaadha Kaattukkulle renamed, is a stark reminder of how much more layered and intricate his music was in the 90s. Gaayatri Kaundinya’s uncomfortably raw vocals mar the otherwise captivating Bobbleheads. Never Give Up is a lovely listen, with its serene build-up, while the semi-classical Lucknow gets a neat guitar base to go with harmonium. Prasanna’s pensive guitar is the highlight of Desi Thoughts. Farewell and First Tryout pass background’ish muster, but Calling Scouts Again and Welcome To India have appealingly unique textures. The Final Pitch builds its momentum in true movie-inspirational style. The stereotypical-India sound is disappointing coming from Rahman, but there’s a lot to like in the overall range.

Keywords: Million Dollar Arm, A R Rahman, KT Tunstall, Wale, Iggy Azalea, Prasanna, 200, #200



  • shafeeque

    outstanding album.. ! real shocker from a r sir.. much much better than kochadaiyan. this is how A R rahman makes a smooth path to the world music .. HATSOFF

  • Dorkus Maximus

    I hope that the 200 word limit has more to do with the number of tracks in the album and not its quality.

    • milliblog

      Nope, not about number of tracks – quality it is, in my view, of course.

  • Umesh

    Totally in love with Desi Thoughts,Lucknow and We could be kings ! Way to go Rahman !

  • Ajit Gopalakrishnan

    Unborn children harks back to the Rahman area we all crave when we say that ‘Rahman has lost his touch’. Very nostalgic! I quite like the variety of singers on this project. This will however go largely unnoticed here unlike SM. Had a discussion with a few folks here post an early screening of the movie, and clearly the movie, and the soundtrack didn’t have the same impact as SM.

  • Anoop.A.R

    Stereotypical may be because as we have heard from him . Composing music for Hollywood is a bit restricted affair. I am glad he has been able showcase lot of Indian music in mainstream Hollywood. What’s worrying is are gonna see a similar one with Hundred Foot Journey which too is Indo western genre . He has indeed composed Straight Hollywood score in a Movie People like us..which went unnoticed.. It had some really nice contemporary western stuff. Check out the track “NewYork to LA” in favourite..


    i have certain doubts about certain youtube videos on rahman copying…can you help me?…i just want to know whether these belong to the copied,inspired or coincidence list

    1.newyork nagaram from kiss-i was made for loving you-

    2.pudhiya manitha-

    3.sonapreya starting and gentleman-psy


    5.roja roja-kadhalar dhinam-


    7.aromale- theme-

    9. Enna Vilai Azhage – Kadhalar Dinam

    10. Kahin To JTJY

    in my opinion,5,8,9,10 are copied

    but i don’t know whether to include the rest in inspired/concidence list

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