Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Lover....original by Gabriel Yared

Gabriel Yared is a master of cinematic soundscapes. From Betty Blue to The English Patient, he has created unforgettable (film) music with real emotional depth. The Lover soundtrack is no exception. From the paso doble scene with Helene, to the nightclubs, to the beautiful tango of Habanera, he has successfully evoked colonial Saigon with the sense of loss, memory, and displacement present in the Duras text. The recurring theme is as haunting and evocative as any work he has done.

The music gives the film life and is very powerful. This soundtrack is very meticulous and is an unforgettable masterpiece.

1. A Kiss On The Window
2. Blue Zoon
3. One Day On The Mekong
4. One Step Dance
5. Promenade
6. A Man From Cholon
7. Helene
8. Valse A L'Etage
9. The Problems Of Life
10. Foxtrot Dance
11. The Lover
12. Habanera
13. The Barricades
14. Nocturne
15. La Marseillaise
16. The Departure

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Passion of the Christ...original soundtrack by John Debney review:
Mel Gibson staked $30 million and his superstar reputation on this painstakingly bloody interpretation of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, all the while dodging charges of anti-semitism and fostering excruciating cinematic gore at the expense of Christ's message (a notion that also begs some uncomfortable questions about this version's S&M undertones). But because the film's dialog plays out in ancient authentic language dialects, John Debney's musical score takes on an even more central dramatic role. In some ways an unlikely choice as composer (having cut his teeth on many a lightweight comedy and kidflick) Debney nonetheless rises to the challenge, first conjuring up a synth-laden soundscape whose gothic moodiness should be familiar to admirers of the work of Lisa Gerrard, then seasoning it with indigenous instruments, booming percussion and ancient modalities that give the score an almost palpable sense of time and place. 

As did Jeff Danna on his earlier score for the gentler, de facto companion piece, The Gospel of John, Debney eventually gets 'round to genuflecting towards some Hollywood choral and melodic traditions (the Gospels themselves having arguably helped lay the original foundations for Tinseltown's venerable three-act structure), but there's nothing cheap about his music of triumph and redemption, rooted as ever in roiling currents of ancient spiritual mysticism. Gibson's vision of the Passion has had many second-guessing his motivations and choices, but Debney's rich, evocative score proves there's nothing wrong with his ears. -- Jerry McCulley


Sunday, December 15, 2013

reposting and uploading of dead links

Due to issues with some of my file servers, I am re-uploading some of the links within the posts. If you find a download link that does not work please either leave a comment or send a message through the contact page.

Please bear with me while these are being updated. Thanks for your patience and continued interest in the blog.