The soundtrack of Slumdog Millionnaire is truly international in its essence, it transcends borders and has a global appeal. One feels proud that A.R. Rahman is indeed an Indian.
The album does take one down memory lane with 'Bombay Dreams' coming up as top of mind recall, in terms of treatment.
Regarding the individual songs:
O Saya - is eclectic, with fabulous percussion, aided by the sound of the electric guitar and vocals by Rahman himself and the international star M.I.A. (Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam). A powerful track.
Riots - Brings through effectively the feel and the tension of the term it is named after. A fabulous intrumental background number.
Mausam & Escape - A good fusion of eastern and western music, the energetic sounds of the sitar coupled with the furious play of strings in an orchestra, bring forth a powerful, track.
Paper Planes - The one which has bagged M.I.A. a grammy nomination is a catchy song.
Paper Planes (DFA Remix) - Is a more energetic and peppy version of the earlier track.
Ringa Ringa - Seems to be sattirical take on the "Choli Ke Peechhe" kind of typical bollywood chartbuster, with Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun belting out this number in true raunchy 'ishtyle'.
Liquid Dance - As the name suggests is a dance track, Western strings fused with Indian classical dance 'bols', in the voices of Palakkad Sriram and Madhumita. Reminds one of the Yuvraaj finale song, recently composed by Rahman himself.
Latika's theme - the soft and beautiful song which reminds one of the "netra illade' and 'Roshan Huyi Raat' mould of Rahman compositions which have a divine touch to them.
Dreams of Fire - the pick of the album so to say . Sung beautifully by Suzanne. It is very Rahman and takes one back to the days of Abba (Chiquitita).
Jai Ho - Is the racy number, sung with great aplomb by Sukhwinder Singh. A great listen.
Gangsta Blues - Brings through the feels of gangsters, and perhaps gang wars quite effectively.
Essentially each track is very true to its name and what it seeks to embody.
An album which displays great calibre, put together by the little maestro.