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The Namesake Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

March 6, 2007 | Format: MP3
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By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on April 26, 2007
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The soundtrack was probably one of the most evocatively beautiful qualities in Mira Nair's THE NAMESAKE. For starters, "The Namesake Title Sequence" is so haunting and it really draws you into the story. Of course, a great deal of the songs, featured here, hint at the emotions and experiences of the Gangulis, the parents of the main character, Googol. "Shoes To America" is warm and humorous. This was when Googol's parents are first being introduced. I can still see his mother, Ashima, trying on the sturdy shoes of her future husband. The rest of the soundtrack makes me recall other wonderful moments from this story. There are elements of the soundtrack that deviate from the Eastern feeling of the film. "The Chosen One," a powerful rap, brings us forward, thirty years in this family's legacy. I won't give away plot elements here. I really reccomend this beautiful soundtrack, and I also reccomend that you go see the film that was its inspiration. You certainly won't be disappointed!
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Nitin Sawhney is an old hand now at indo-fusion and it is evident in some of the pieces in the soundtrack. He has used various iconic indo-fusion artists such as "State of Bengal" and "Susheela Raman" to bolster the soundtrack.

The pure flute numbers used as the core theme as well as for the titles are excellent. There instrumentals have a lilting quality with an outstanding melody.

The Salil Chowdhury-esque bengali ditty, "Jhiri Jhiri Choyetali" is a gem, sung wonderfully by Geeta Dutt. The kids will love it.

There are also samples of raw Bhatiyali and Baul music and the usual chill out fusion numbers. The Bhatiyali and Baul tracks may or may not appeal in this age of percussion heavy music, but it provides a glimpse into the culture of Bengal.

"Falling", the last fusion track on the album is excellent.

One other number that stands out is Susheela Raman's version of an old bollywood number "Ye Mera Deevanapan hai".

This album comes highly recommended.
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It's hauntingly beautiful and seems to fit the female lead's character so well. The title credits are like nothing you've ever heard before. So beautiful that it moves me to tears and that's not an easy thing to do. The main theme reflects so well the beauty of the film. Once you've seen it a few times you can play the soundtrack alone and see the film in your head. I really love so much that I play it over and over again. Enjoy.
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This soundtrack introduced me to several new artists, and brought back the magic and wonder of Mira Nair's movie!! This soundtrack and movie are a must to own!!
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This is an excellent soundtrack, has the music from scenes in the movie that are most provocative. Very well produced and fun to listen to in the car.
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I loved the movie and had to have the soundtrack. I love Indian music. It was inexpensive and worth getting through amazon. I love listening to it.
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I recently traveled to southern India and was looking for a good sampler of what I heard when I was in India. This was a great taste of the interesting and diverse music of India.
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I had a chance to see "The Namesake" last night and was immediately captured by the beauty of the music. UK-based Nitin Sawhney is to be commended for this pearl, which borrows from some of his underground lounge music work in the past decade blending it exquisitely with traditional Indian sounds.

The album brings to memory the sound of another brilliant soundtrack: Frida. This is clearly a masterpiece that you will be able to enjoy for years to come.
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