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Babel - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture

November 21, 2006

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Concord Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 2:10:25
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  • ASIN: B0015PJ0EQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,289 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I really love this guy's work.
Mujde Ozturk
Santaolalla's intelligence and sensitivity as well as his musical creativity shine in this score for BABEL.
Grady Harp
It makes you want to cry tears of joy inexplicably.
Everett

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alan Gee on January 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
First of all, I bought this CD for one song only and that is Ryuichi Sakamoto's Bibo No Aozora. When I heard it on the film, I knew I was going to get the soundtrack. It's such a simple song, but the cellos are undeniable! But along with Ryuichi's song, I also fell in love with Santaolalla's Deportation (which I am sure is the main theme of the movie). I listen to that song a lot more than Bibo. Although this is not a very good review because I mainly got it for two tracks, I recommend the album for it's diversity. 'Tu Me Acostumbraste' is so beautiful. You would not be upset. Santaolalla delivers in his originals, and the diverse styles has something for everyone I am sure.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Reed on April 15, 2007
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I was busy and distracted the first time I listened to this music, and my first impression was Gee, I wish they'd done a better job of editing. (I confess I still feel that way about the bonus CD, but it doesn't matter. Read on.) Three days later, however, I listened again--mindfully--and GOT IT. Disc one perfectly encapsulates Babel's theme: the Global Village's seemingly diverse tribes (be they North African Tuareg or Japanese haute bourgeoisie) are, just under the surface, inextricably linked and what's more--startlingly related. As I paid attention I was captivated by the duh-obvious connections between desert tablas, Tokyo House, and Cumbia. Then fell in love with all three of those arts, none of which I'd been exposed to before seeing the movie (mainly because I'm probably old enough to be your grandmother). Now I want MORE. This CD sent me running to the 'net in search of more Celso Peña (an "overnight" hit at 48, after decades of tune crafting), more Shinichi Osawa remixes, and more Rip Slyme. The latter is a hard-to-describe but way cool Japanese DJ/tech/mod group whose name is a play on Japlish for "lips rhyme." Apart from all that, I'm also cherishing details like the perfect audio portrait of upperclass ennui ("Bibo no Aozora" by Ryuichi Sakamoto; think Phillip Glass in Japanese, but don't let that put you off), and the utterly stark beauty of Moroccan scenery ("Desert Bus Ride" by Gustavo Santaolalla, who wrote Babel's Academy Award-nominated score and whose plaintive oud may haunt you for the rest of your life. FYI, Santaolalla learned to play that traditional instrument specifically for this commission. Wow.Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eric on January 16, 2007
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Great soundtrack, but there is one song that I keep listening to that is "Bibo No Aozora / 04". It haunts me, and nearly brings me to tears. I really fills you up with a simple yet gorgeous piano progression and the almost menacing cellos. Just incredible!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. S. Slaughter on January 3, 2008
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I don't think I've ever seen a film in my 40 odd years wherein a final piece of music helped the entire long, arduous, wonderful work gel and come together on so many gorgeous, tender levels as I did in "Babel", thanks to the hypnotic, simple music, "Bibo no Aozora" by Ryuichi Sakamoto. I loved this exceptional, humane film after seeing so much H-wood junk and clutter for a decade. And this piece of music will pierce your heart.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on March 25, 2007
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Gustavo Santaolalla and González Iñárritu teamed up for the third time to add music to the Mexican Director's "Babel", fitting it with tracks created for the movie by Santaolalla, along with songs that do more than accompany the visuals: they shape the moods in many scenes throughout the movie.

This time around, Santaolalla didn't center his music around some of his more traditional themes, most of which typically remind of Latin American music, even if at a very basic level. He went with the Director, indeed traveling with the crew, breathing in the story, turning around and composing very fitting tracks to go with it. This is particularly true of the music that goes with the Moroccan scenes.

Besides Santaolalla's work, which is the one credited for the most part, the soundtrack contains music by other amazing musicians. Namely, "Bibo no Aozora/Endless Flight/Babel", the most beautiful song in the movie is an 11-minute long, three-part song performed, first, by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jaques Morelenbaum & Everton Nelson and then (the last two movements) by Gustavo Santaolalla. It is indeed one of the most touching musical moments in the entire movie. Other great talents also in the album, are Chavela Vargas, David Sylvian, Nortec Collective, Susumu Yokota and a host of Nortenno music that help shape the music accompanying the Mexican scenes in the movie.

The soundtrack only really suffers one "problem": at times it can be a little jumpy (from a Moroccan piece to a Mexican piece to a Japanese piece), so it doesn't help build a consistent mood. But you stop seen this as a problem when you see the movie and realize that this is what makes the movie what it is: the interconnection of the stories and the jumps between places to tell them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mason Vaquero on February 26, 2007
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I did not care for the movie, but I loved the music. With the movie I did not feel the music necessarily stuck out to me. However, it made enough of an impression to get this and hear the songs in their entirety. It is very good because some of it would be more like easy listening, where other songs have sonic tones to them. I do listen to soundtracks often and think this is one of the best ones I have heard in a while. My favorite tracks are Masterpiece and The Catch, but I do think that they all have something to offer. This soundtrack is great and if you are looking for music that is well composed then try the Babel Soundtrack.
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