Soundtrack Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

Reviewer: JØrn Tillnes
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Soundtrack Review

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Soundtrack Review: This is a review of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Thomas Newman.

"The way this score sounds to me is indescribably good"

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a British comedy-drama about a group of British retirees who thinks going to India is a grand idea. They are enticed by the lovely advertisements about the newly restored Marigold Hotel and given false dreams of a life with leisure. It's directed by John Madden and starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Tom Wilkinson. What seems like a feel-good comedy about life needs a good score to go along with it and Thomas Newman is here to provide it.

Track List

1. Long Old Life****
2. This Is The Day*****
3. The Chimes at Midnight*****
4. Road to Jaipur****
5. Night Bus*****
6. Tuk Tuks****
7. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel*****
8. Assault On The Senses*****
9. Anokhi****
10. Cricket Spell*****
11. More Than Nothing****
12. Day 22****
13. Mrs. Ainsley*****
14. Do Your Worst***
15. Udaipur*****
16. Turning Left*****
17. Not Yet The End*****
18. Progress****
19. Young Wasim*****
20. What Happens Instead*****
21. A Bit Of Afters****

Last Year I was fortunate to listen to one of Thomas Newman best scores in years, "The Help" and wondered if this would be a new golden age for him. With "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" that belief becomes a lot stronger because this is really superb stuff. What makes this score special and different is that there is a lot of Indian sounding music yet you can still feel the Newman touch. What happens if you mix Thomas Newman with Indian music? I guess there's no secret: Pure bliss.

Sometimes you sit down and listen to a score that truly amazes you and take you on a journey you had not foreseen, this is such a score. The Indian music in this score is not just windows dressing but gives it an awesome quality. You have very Indian sounding cues like 'The Chimes at Midnight' and cues like 'Cricket Spell' sounds so Thomas Newman, but there's a lot more. I love the way he uses a lot of vocals in some cues to great effect such as in 'Night Bus'. The underscoring is so Newman but the added vocals make it exciting.

Conclusion

The way this score sounds to me is indescribably good. It's easily one of my favorite Thomas Newman scores and one that I will listen to for years to come. This is undeniable proof that you don't need to call A.R. Rahman every time you want a great Indian sounding score. It's a score that you get addicted to and can't put down. Go get it!

CUE RATING: 90.4

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