This year has been a great one for film soundtracks, and luckily India got to hear many of the international OSTs, with a vast number of Hollywood movies hitting our screens. The scores this year have been exemplary. From Hans Zimmer’s Inception to Alexander Desplat’s The King’s Speech, AR Rahman’s 127 Hours to my favourite, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ The Social Network, which also picked up an Oscar for Best Original Score, all the albums were a musical treat.
Each album imbibes the spirit of the film perfectly. From the convoluted, almost mathematical combinations of Inception to the vintage and quaint Chopin reminiscent notes of The King’s Speech, and the wonderful sweeping yet intimately claustrophobic soundscapes of Rahman’s 127 hours that took you into the psyche of Aaron Ralston, brilliantly portrayed by James Franco. But what Trent and Atticus have done with The Social Network is sheer genius. Try this. Remove the music from the film and you will feel the film slow down so much that you will get bored.
The two-hour runtime of people talking and sitting in front of computers flies by like a breeze, all thanks to the score. It consistently puts you on edge, and makes you feel that something unseen is around the corner waiting to get you. That unseen thing is the script and the direction, which stands on the shoulders of the score, in my opinion. Listen to the soundtrack in isolation and then watch it with the film again and you will see what i mean…if i may say so.
Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny
Traveling Like The Light
VV Brown Universal
Vanessa Brown is of Jamaican and Puerto Rican descent. She learnt Jazz music, inspired by Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie. But her Jazz schooling did not limit her musical adventures as she joined a punk band at 15 and toured Japan. Finally at 18, she landed a record deal mentored by the producer of artistes like Amy Winehouse and Florence and the Machines. VV is a musical adventurer in every sense. This is her debut album and is an interesting and eclectic mix of jazz and electronica, quite reminiscent of the sounds of the 1950’s, with songs like Quick fix, Back in time and No bonsoir.
Bottomline: Listen asap!
Until We Have Faces
Red Sony Music
Canadian Christian rock band, Red releases their third album after their first two highly-acclaimed albums, both of which earned Grammy nominations. This is some serious nu-metal stuff that is as strong as it gets. Formed by twin brothers, Anthony and Randy Armstrong in 2004, the band has won numerous awards over the years. A nice tight sound coupled with some slick production, this album has some good stuff. Don’t be thrown off by the Christian angle, go for the music.
Rating ***Bottomline: Listen without prejudice!
Ricky Martin Sony Music
For those who still remember the Latina heartthrob before Enrique Iglesias came around, one can’t really dispute the talent of Ricky Martin. His stupendous success paved the way for other Latino artistes like Shakira, Aguilera and Enrique. This is his ninth studio album after 2005’s Life and is predominantly Spanish with only two English songs. One of them, which features Joss Stone, is a sweet swinger called The best thing about me is you. Ricky’s voice is in fine form but the songwriting leaves much to desire.
Bottomline: Music - yes, soul - sure, Sex? no!
The World Is Yours
For me, Motorhead is the British version of AC/DC, with frontman Lemmy Kilmister keeping the Motorhead sound pretty much consistent since the 1970’s. This is a perfect example of what too much beer (or whiskey, or everything for that matter) can do to you. Lemmy is 65 years old and if this album is to be believed, then he has no intention of slowing down. And with tracks like I know how to die, Devil in my hand, Outlaw and Bye bye bitch bye bye, who would possibly want him to. Not me, for sure!
Bottomline: Play it loud, or else...