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Couples Retreat
(2009)
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Composed and Produced by:
A.R. Rahman

Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Matt Dunkley

Co-Conducted by:
Tim Davies
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Relativity Music Group
(October 6th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you like scores that blow away your expectations, for A.R. Rahman has stormed into America for his first Hollywood assignment and provided an undeniably fun and spirited score that infinitely outshines the quality of the film for which it was written.

Avoid it... if you're uncomfortable with surprisingly unique scores that liberally blend several cultural styles into a melting pot of sonic creativity, even if the overall result is remarkably effective in its thematic continuity.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,165
WRITTEN 11/20/09
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Couples Retreat: (A.R. Rahman) A precarious and not always successful balance between comedy and drama didn't stop the Vince Vaughn written and acted 2009 film Couples Retreat from attracting enough audiences searching for a few laughs to send it into the hundreds of millions of dollars in gross earnings. First time director Peter Billingsley couldn't reconcile the comedy and drama halves of the film to satisfy critics, though, most of whom ultimately admitting their desire for more of the silly laughs. The story follows a familiar formula for a tropical party atmosphere, detailing four couples from America who sign up for a therapeutic vacation to the island of Eden (presumably in French Polynesia's Bora Bora), each seeking to learn more about themselves, their partner, and their relationship along the road to overcoming the sometimes impossible odds of their pairings. The pressure on each couple is extensively established before the film even gets to the paradise, where character actor performances and ridiculous situations lead to the film's few comedic triumphs. The battle between serious dramatic romance and plain immaturity, as well as a rushed and contrived ending, ultimately sank the film for many viewers. But at least Universal took a chance on the idea, something that especially applied to the choice of composer for the film. It's difficult to fathom that Indian sensation Allah Rakha Rahman, the foremost composer of his nation's movie industry, has never helmed a score for a strictly American production. While Couples Retreat may seem like an extremely odd assignment to represent Rahman's official entry into Hollywood, it actually makes quite a lot of sense. Not only did the composer storm the Academy Awards this past year (with two wins for Slumdog Millionaire), but he has spent his career bridging Western and Indian sounds, a technique that would prove useful in creating an ethnically diverse atmosphere for the tropical location of Couples Retreat. After meeting with Universal, Rahman was approved to work on the film, taking advantage of the opportunity to go wild with the creativity of his handling of the topic. Clearly, Rahman "overthought" this film, providing for it an extremely intelligent blend of no less than three cultural elements. Not only does he merge the sounds of a Western orchestra and Latin band, but he also cleverly infuses some Hindustani elements that will certainly please longtime collectors of the composer's extensive Indian accomplishments.



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447 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.43 Stars
***** 121 5 Stars
**** 118 4 Stars
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* 57 1 Stars
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And so the pieces slowly fall into place... *NM*
Christian Kühn - November 22, 2009, at 10:26 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 44:55
• 1. Sajna - performed by P.J. Morton (3:41)
• 2. Kurukuru Kan (Afro Nisha) (2:52)
• 3. Jason and Cynthia Suite (5:14)
• 4. NaNa - performed by A.R. Rahman, Blaaze, Vivian Chaix, A.R. Ameen, Clinton, and Dominic (3:02)
• 5. Tour of the Villas (2:56)
• 6. Meeting Marcel (3:30)
• 7. Itinerary (3:18)
• 8. Undress (1:33)
• 9. Sharks (2:48)
• 10. Luau* - written and performed by John O'Brien (3:31)
• 11. Salvadore (2:24)
• 12. Intervention (2:45)
• 13. The Waterfall (1:23)
• 14. Jason and Cynthia Piano Theme (2:32)
• 15. Animal Spirits (3:35)
* alternately titled "The Luau" on some of the packaging

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