A R Rahman

"Connections"

(Universal); World Music

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Most famous for his multi-award winning soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire, multi-instrumentalist/arranger/composer/vocalist, A R Rahman's work has filled audiences' ears for years on films such as Lagaan, Roja and even Elizabeth The Golden Age.

Equally adept at Hindustani, Carnatic and Western classical music, his works are trademarked by their fascinating fusion of disparate elements as he incorporates traditional instrumentation with experimental electronica.

Connections is an album of handpicked favourites from throughout his career, making it an ideal introduction to the novice listener.

Containing all the elements that make his music so special and innovative, it's a wonderful collection indeed.

A startling array of sounds and styles emerges from the celebratory call of Jiya Se Jiya through the sensual bass driven groove of Dil Se Re to the haunting, orchestral Bombay Theme.

Jai Ho even features the Pussycat Dolls to complete the circle that connects Indian traditional with contemporary western pop.

Magnificent performances and an endless succession of sonic surprises make Connections an arresting and thoroughly enjoyable listen indeed.

Wonderful stuff.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.