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People Like Us Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • ASIN: B007VXTACS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Ajit R. Mundra on June 20, 2012
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Rahman is one of the most gifted composers this world has ever seen. If you only know of his Hollywood projects and you like what you hear, you have been missing out on a mountain of genius compositions (songs and score) that he has created in India over the last 2 decades. His previous 3 Hollywood scores, (Slumdog Millionaire, Couple's Retreat, and 127 Hours), featured Indian styles, sounds and raagas blended beautifully through various other world music genres just too many to count. The "musical alchemist" or "mad musical scientist" as I fondly think of him, never sounds pastiche, however, no matter the extent of genre blending and fusion. What emerges is a fresh originality and universal appeal that spans global tastes and lights fires in the hearts of millions, irrespective of nation or creed, while being true, authentic, and highly respectful to his Indian roots.

With the score of People Like Us, Rahman enters into a world of mid western American rusticism and folk tilt with a healthy philharmonic platform. The music as a whole is ambient, soothing, acoustic, and spiritually uplifting, while being restraintful, spacious, and respectful to the culture within which this film is based. While avoiding the epic sounds of 127, the pop Bollywoodish character of Slumdog and the colorful global palette of Couple's Retreat, Rahman creates a soundtrack that is thematically coherent and subtly intricate, more stylistically conventional by Hollywood score standards, yet unique in its sound and execution. This is also the first time that Rahman has scored for a film demanding a Mid Western folk emphasis, but again, never sounding obviously derivative.
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PEOPLE LIKE US is a film that allows us to examine a grossly dysfunctional family under a microscope and in the process learn quite a bit about why family is important despite the traumas and tragedies and underlying festering of personality quirks that affect the unit. The dialogue is smart (written by director Alex Kurtzman with Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert), the pacing is fast and furious at first but as the film lingers it slows to a slow dance that makes the whole plot come together, and the cast is uniformly excellent. One of the main contributors to the success of this film is the soundtrack which happens to be n of the better movie soundtracks for a little film in quite awhile. But first the story.

Sam (Chris Pine, who continues to grow as an actor) is a fast talking salesman whose antics have resulted in some financial disasters that have placed his life in the panic mode. He lives with a bright woman Hannah (Olivia Wilde) who is on the brink of leaving him because of the mess he is creating for himself and for their relationship. Then of course comes the phone call: Sam's father, from whom Sam has been estranged for years, has died and Hannah insists they go to the funeral - much against Sam's inclination. But return to home in Los Angeles they do and there his mother Lillian (Michelle Pfeiffer) awaits her runaway son. Things are strained to say the least. Sam's father's lawyer (Philip Baker Hall) informs Sam that instead of Sam's expected massive inheritance from his show biz father's death he instead is awarded all of this fathers massive record collection and accoutrements: the lawyer hands Sam a shaving kit inside which is $150,000 and a note asking Sam to deliver it to `Josh Davis'.
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One of the stunning quality of Rahman is the way he modulates his soundtracks to the spirit of the movie. It seems like a challenge to his inspiration. The soundtrack becomes the movie and viceversa.
This new CD is somehow more symphonic , more intimate at the same time. I haven't seen the movie, but I guess the music reflects the mood of it. Variations on a subtle musical theme. And not a hint of Indian musical solutions. Quite interesting , if , somehow , a little too bland, a little too sentimental. But , once more , it may reflect the intimate mood of the movie. Maybe not one of my favorite five stars Rahman, but impeccable nevertheless.
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The music of A. R. Rahman is a recent discovery after seeing the movie "The Hundred Mile Journey."
I listen to Rahman's music every day, especially "People Like Us." It augments my creativity whilst drawing
or looking at my photographs. It soothes my soul as I recover from a decision to let my lover go. Rahman's
music is from the celestial spheres, and that is where I am when I listen.
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To American audiences A.R. Rahman is known as the Slumdog Millionaire composer. Danny Boyle used him once again for 127 Hours and he was able to prove that he is not just an "Indian" composer. People Like Us is indeed an interesting choice for the composer and he does indeed demonstrate a more mature and subtle side. People Like Us is writer Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut, and he noted that music was a very important part of the film. Based off the score you can tell how integral the score is. The music is a very distinct narrative as the score flows in dramatic fashion with subtle character nuances and emotional beats.

It's really tough to make a modern un-stylized drama score without being one-note and boring. This is a character drama that is solely about the characters and their lives. There is no crazy situations or aliens or anything for the music to absorb. The score absorbes the characters and Rahman is able to mold a very nice story of it. The score works as a whole piece and must be experiences as a full listen from beginning to end. There really aren't any standout tracks that define the score. He introduces his central motif in the first track and that serves as the structure for the whole score's soundscape. The piano and guitar are the most notably featured instruments and as naturally solo instruments they add a distinct human touch to the music. As we come to the end we wrap up the subtle journey in a heartwarming fashion. Everything works out at the end of this story and while some people may find that cliche and cheesy, it does leave you with a nice feeling inside.

The score is thoroughly enjoyable and does a lot by doing very little. The tone stays pretty much the same the whole way through, and that may be my only gripe.
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