Bend It Like Beckham Soundtrack
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Bend It Like Beckham ~ Soundtrack
Underdog athlete triumphs against all the odds and finds more than mere victory in the bargain--it's a cinematic tradition that stretches considerably beyond the Rocky franchise. But this 2002 UK hit about an East Asian immigrant teen who dreams of becoming a soccer star puts a winning new trans-cultural spin on the formula. The film's song-score is as savory, playful and determined as the film itself, a rich collection of mostly contemporary tracks that shakes up an evocative cocktail of pop infused with soul, club mixes, cool jazz, new wave, traditional Indian flourishes, and even a parting, triumphant shot of Puccini. Victoria Beckham, former Spice Girl and wife of titular inspiration/soccer legend David Beckham weighs in with the breathy neo-disco of "I Wish," while fellow Spicester Mel C offers up the sprightly pop of "Independence Day." But it's the dizzying array of transplanted Indian pop music--oft-performed by the winning team of Brit Billy Sagoo and American vocalist Gunjan--that makes the album such a winning delight. This is world music with a dancefloor beat and a smile. --Jerry McCulley
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This album worked for me. I like the mix of familiar and unfamiliar sounds and especially liked the musical "stretch" of the Indian singers and their new instruments. I never saw the movie, but I've got it on order from Netflix, because this soundtrack made me curious about the flick behind it. If you like exotic sounds, I can recommend this album wholeheartedly; it'll have something just for you.
". . . look down, don't smile, Indian Brides don't smile, you'll ruin the bloody video!"
The stand out song for me is "Noorie." Whatever she's singing about, it must be good, myself not understanding any Hindi or maybe its in Punjabi. The singer has this begging, sexy voice. I am convince she's singing about a lost love or some orgasmic encounter, please don't tell me the song is about cooking Aloo Gobi. Anyway, if you're looking for some really cool, chill out tracks from Indian, this soundtrack will fit the bill. Overall, it has that world music quality that appeals to willing ears: rhymthmic drums, infectious beat and exotic melodies. Highly recommended, gets you in the mood for some Indian food.
That's not by accident. As director Gurinder Chadha points out on the liner notes, this music comes from her own personal music collection and "makes up the many different sides of me, and, therefore, my lead character 'Jess' and her world."
She concludes that "It's a great thing being a director sometimes because you can put the soundtrack to your life on film and CD to share with everyone."
Beautifully stated. And I'll go one step further: you can enjoy this CD *even without* seeing the film. It's a wonderful collection of songs.
But if you have seen the film, your level of enjoyment is far greater, especially with the kick of the interspersed dialogue, mostly courtesy of Shaheen Khan who, as Jess' mother, gets and delivers most of the best lines.
"I was married at your age. You don't even want to learn how to cook dahl!"