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Composers: A.R. Rahman/Various
Release Date: November 2, 2010



Never Hear Surf Music Again - Free Blood (5:52)
The Canyon - A.R. Rahman (3:01)
Liberation Begins - A.R. Rahman (2:14)
Touch Of The Sun - A.R. Rahman (4:39)
Lovely Day - Bill Withers (4:16)
Nocturne No.2 In E Flat, Op.9 No.2 - Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:01)
Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand (3:00)
Liberation In A Dream - A.R. Rahman (4:06)
If You Love Me (Really Love Me) - Esther Phillips (3:27)
Acid Darbari - A.R. Rahman (4:21)
R.I.P. - A.R. Rahman (5:11)
Liberation - A.R. Rahman (3:11)
Festival - Sigur Ros (9:26)
If I Rise (By Dido & A.R. Rahman) - Dido (4:38)


If there is one soundtrack album which celebrates life, this is it. And we are not surprised that it is helmed by two time Academy Award winner A. R. Rahman. After the successful collaboration with director Danny Boyle on the critcally acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire, the multi award winning Indian film composer is back to challenge our senses. This time, instead of bringing us on a journey through the slums, he takes us along on a journey based on the trials and tribulations that climber Aron Ralston went through before amputating his arm.

Although the 61 minute album contains only six score tracks totalling 27 minutes or so (we would love to hear more, really), these cues evokes different feelings. “The Canyon” brings to mind a serene and calm setting, with a breathtaking sunrise in the background. “Liberation Begins” marks an energetic start for an ominous adventure, while “Touch of the Sun” soothes your senses with its tranguil melody.

“Liberation in a Dream” spices things up a little with a more contemporary tune, before “R.I.P.” takes things on a fuller scale, an unruffled beginning which eventually climaxes with a vigorous high point, marking what life has to celebrate. The dynamic “Liberation” excites your senses with a nicely orchestrated arrangement. These score tracks which feature the guitar has earned Rahman another Best Original Score nomination at the 83rd Academy Awards.

The album also contains an electic collection of songs which are nothing less than inspiring. A standout track is Free Blood’s “Never Hear Surf Music Again”, which vibrantly takes on life’s obstacles and difficulties. Elsewhere, there is Bill Withers’ optimistic “Lovely Day”, the classic tune “Chopin: Nocturne No. 2” and the rather ethreal “Festival” performed by Sigur Ros.

Rounding up the album is the Oscar nominated “If I Rise”, a song written by Rahman (music), Dido and Rollo Armstrong (lyrics) and performed by Dido along with Rahman, featuring the electric stringed instrument harpejji. It concludes the listening experience aptly, and trust us, it is a therapeutic and liberating one.


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Review by John Li

Posted on 27 February 2011


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