A.R. Rahman is, simply put, one of the most thrillingly inventive, widely adored, and extremely prolific composers of this generation. His fortuitous partnering with director Mani Ratnam birthed numerous undeniably addicting musical gems, my favorite of which is shared here: the throbbing, kinetic masterpiece Dil Se.
Bursting out the gates with the indomitable pounding of Chaiyya Chaiyya, we’re barreling through a jungle of sweltering beats and woozy strings on an unstoppable freight train of rhythm. Angelic vocals swoop through the mix on every track, a skyward rush of male and female dancing in perfect interplay – so evocative that even without knowing the lyrics, the feeling is transmitted directly to the pleasure centers of the mind and heart alike.
Every one of these six pieces is a celebration unto itself, a massively choreographed and exotically passionate extravaganza. When this record crests its apex with the near-title track Dil Se Re, prepare for liftoff and hang on.
From the first massively echoed drum stab through the final climax of gravitational percussion, soaring vocals, Michael Jackson-esque handclaps and herky-jerky basslines, cloudbursting keys and swooning string section – honestly, excitement is a pale imitation of the words needed to conjure the overwhelming feel. Bouncing from one peak to the next, the album relentlessly works to please, and succeeds on all fronts. It simply must be heard. And that’s why we’re here.
Clocking in under 40 minutes, Dil Se is a rush of emotion and movement, passion and power. When the final notes of Satrangi Re fade out we’re left breathless and dazed, and ready to start the journey anew. Join the fun. Get on the train.
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