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A wonderful, intoxicating breath of fresh musical air
on 24 October 2005
Most movie soundtracks don't really interest me - even if they have a good song or two, the rest of the music usually does nothing for me. With Bride and Prejudice, however, I was immediately captivated by the music (well, I was first captivated by Aishwarya Rai - but the music also thrilled me). I was hooked on the exotic sounds almost from the start, as I had never heard anything quite like the music of Balle Balle (Punjabi Wedding Song). If you've seen the movie, you know how integral a part the music plays. The sisters' No Life Without Wife song is one of the more memorable parts of the film, as is the huge production number A Marriage Has Come to Town. A song like Take Me to Love, which is one of the more beautiful love songs I've heard in a long time, almost gets lost among the more audacious audio/visual treats the movie offers. And I haven't even mentioned Ashanti's song, which does play very well in the movie.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the other tracks on this album. Dola Dola is absolutely infectious with its addictive beat. Arrogance, Pride, and Vanity is an engaging duet that sums up the state of the stars' early relationship (and does not, so far as I can remember, actually appear in the film). Ashanti's two songs, My Lips are Waiting (AKA Goa Groove) and Touch My Body, are excellent. Lalita Walks Away is a gorgeous instrumental that captures almost perfectly what may be the most poignant scene from the movie. The music is even more beautiful on Take Me to Love, two versions of which are featured here (Part 1 being the sad version, and Part II capturing the feelings of a young love in bloom). Just before the first verse begins, there's this magical moment when violins kick in, and I have to tell you it's one of the most beautiful musical sequences I've ever heard - and it takes you immediately back to the corresponding moment in the film.
I had never been exposed to music like this, and right now this soundtrack - and vintage Bollywood music from India - is all I can listen to. I should mention the fact that this film and its music is a mixture of Bollywood and Hollywood, and if you haven't been exposed to Bollywood, you just do not know what you are missing. If I had the chance to go back to college, I would learn Hindi just so I could enjoy Bollywood's movies and music in their original language. Of course, not all of the songs on this CD are in English - but that doesn't matter because the music just engages your whole being. Several of these songs have taken up permanent rotation in my brain - it really doesn't matter if I can understand the words or not.
For me, this was a must-have CD. There's not a bad song on the album, and I for one could relive each related scene of this movie over and over again without end. This music is so appealing that you might also want to invest in the Hindi version of the soundtrack. The Balle Balle! Amristar to LA release doesn't include a few of the songs on the English soundtrack, but it's worth buying just for Tumse Kahen Ya, Hum Na Kahen, the Hindi version of Take Me to Love - and there's also an instrumental version that really lets you hear how beautiful the music to this song is.