Down to Earth [feat. The Soweto Gospel Choir]

From the Album Wall-E
June 24, 2008 | Format: MP3

$1.29
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  • Original Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Label: Walt Disney
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Disney/Pixar
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  • Duration: 5:58 minutes
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  • ASIN: B001B0A2LA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,182 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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While this is a good B+ effort from PG.
Johnny Smoke
A movie so powerful and touching at the same time was perfectly suited for such a powerful and touching song.
Manny Hernandez
My son and wife both love the movie and watch all the way through the credits just to listen to this song.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on June 29, 2008
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After watching the movie, as I normally do, I stayed for the closing titles and was gladly surprised that Peter Gabriel was the artist behind the song. A movie so powerful and touching at the same time was perfectly suited for such a powerful and touching song.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nohmiso on June 29, 2008
A wonderful song which elevates and honors the concept of closing credits. The visuals provide a beautiful narrative as well. Stay in your seat until the film is complete.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James W. Nicholson on June 24, 2008
After hearing this song by Peter Gabriel called "Down to Earth" from the Wall-E soundtrack I just had to write in that it is, in two words:

Simply.

Beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Smoke on July 4, 2008
Having not had the benefit of seeing the movie I listened to this single based on the ratings here on Amazon. Let me just say that context is everything and maybe the movie helps. While this is a good B+ effort from PG. Personally I wouldn't include it in one of his top 10. Compare this to Eddie Vedder's Hard Sun from the Music for the Motion Picture Into the Wild. Regardless of seeing Into the Wild, the EV song has an impact.

Bottomline. If you're a PG fan, download the single. It's worth .89, but I wouldn't buy the entire OST.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Haro on August 27, 2008
More than being an excellent piece for the closing credits section of a movie, and also an excellent song in terms of musical qualities, I was impressed by the content and the conscious raising about the fact that we are "messing up our homeland" as Peter Gabriel says.

I recently watched " The 11th Hour", and I am more convinced that we are bound to extinction unless we do something radical to achieve a healthy balance that allow the humankind to stay around in harmony with the rest of the environment (note that I imply that WE are part of the environment) not for 50 or 100 years, but in the long run.

In the recent years we have had a big debate on the global warming of the earth. I as engineer can't believe all the misleading statements made by Al Gore in his book/movie, and even though I recognize that we are messing up out planet big time, there are other more pressing matters in terms of humankind survival than fighting climate change (BTW, the climate has been changing for hundreds of million years and is mostly related to the sun activity and its effect on earth. These other matters are better addressed in "The 11th Hour" and document the state of affairs in our homeland

Going Back to Wall-E. The movie (that is a mix of Blade Runner. Brave New World, 2001 a Space Odyssey and Toy Story) is a good story of what might happen when we finally almost destroy life on earth (a cockroach as a pet is a good symbolic element). Unfortunately, I think that we won't be able to "Set Sail for the Sky" any time soon.

Down to Earth really captures the spirit of this conscious raising movement so we do something to tackle the most formidable challenge that the humankind (and a good part of the rest of life on earth) face.

Enjoy.... enrique
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By Steph DeFerie on June 13, 2014
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how wonderful is this song?! the film's closing credits are amazing & this song is such a great compliment. it always cheers me up to hear it!
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This song has a feel to it like the album "Plays Live" had. It just sounds as if the band and the choir are having a lot of fun playing and singing this song. That feeling has not been evident on the past few albums in my humble opinion.
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"WALL-E" remains one of my favorite Pixar films to date, and has proven to me that this studio seems to be capable of mastering whatever genre it chooses to tackle. I've already praised the movie in another review, though, so for now I'll focus on the music. The soundtrack is quite majestic and gorgeous, and the occasional musical numbers from "Hello Dolly" liven it up and add a touch of whimsy.

The final musical number of the movie, Peter Gabriel's "Down To Earth," was apparently written before the movie, and added to the end credits when the filmmakers realized how perfectly it fit the film. But listening to the song, you'd think it was written specifically with "WALL-E" in mind. It's a powerful and beautiful number that perfectly fits the movie.

"Down To Earth" starts off softly, with soft percussion and harp sounds that fit the soothing vocals. It gradually builds as the song progresses, incorporating heavier percussion and a choir, but it never loses its beauty. Peter Gabriel has a slightly raspy but soothing voice that fits the song well, and though I haven't heard much else by him, listening to this song makes me want to investigate more of his music.

The lyrics are what really make this song shine, however. I'm rather surprised that this song wasn't specifically written with "WALL-E" in mind, as it fits the film almost perfectly -- about taking responsibility for our actions rather than fleeing them, and about returning to set right what's gone wrong. It also has a message about the wonders of our natural world... and about preserving said wonders for another generation, and learning to work in harmony with it rather than destroying it. These are the central messages of "WALL-E," and it's rather shocking how well the song fits the film.

A beautiful song that stands well on its own, yet also fits the film to a T. Highly recommended.
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