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Friday Night Lights Soundtrack
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Now, the music. I'll be fair and say I haven't seen the film yet, so I have to review the music based solely on its quality. On that front, it's pretty good.
For Explosions in the Sky fans, there is, disappointingly, none of the group's trademark loud/soft dynamics, and a lot of the drumming is buried in the mix or non-existent. So, if you're looking for this to smack you with some distortion or volume like one of the previous EITS records, you're not going to get that. What you will get is a wonderful version of "Your Hand in Mine." And, just like the title suggests, it has strings. The other songs fall toward the band's more melodic work and are often backed by strings.
It's peaceful, quiet listening that really does sound like Texas - spacious but intimate, complex, dusty, bright, sad and hopeful. For counterpoint, listen to the Daniel Lanois track "Sonho Dourado," which sounds like what people think Texas sounds like. It's a fine song, but it's all surface.
If you're a fan of Explosions in the Sky's previous work; if you like post rock; if you like quiet music with some angular, arpeggiating, bright guitar work; if you love the beauty of twilight; if you believe in the sound of Texas - pick this up.
Present here though is echoing music that evokes the spirit of not only the wide Texas prairie but also the deep loneliness that awaits the high school football star long after the stadium is empty and the bright lights have long surrendered to the blanketing night.
Explosions In The Sky's haunting music fills the listener with a sense of isolation equal to that of a Bradburian protagonist. And as the original (and excellent must read!) Bissinger book on which the film is based suggests, nothing ostracizes a young man more than to have his glory days pass him by.
Granted the Daniel Lanoisesque (who does make an appearence here) soundscapes do grow somewhat redundant and the selections could use a stronger presence of bass and drums. And besides the beautiful ballad "Seagull", this soundrack could use some more vocals.
But this is a small weakness. Present in this fine soundtrack is a moody counterpoint to the roar of a crowd on sweltering Friday night in Texas. A fine invitation to silent contemplation and reflection as one drives through deserted and desolate country.
For whoever last posted, about the song from one of the opening practice scenes and from the Dallas-Carter game or the bus ride, or whenever it was, I believe the song you are inquiring about is "New Noise" by a band named Refused.
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Some of the best instrumental music around comes from Explosions in the Sky. Great for background conversation.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really great studying music. Not too intrusive or loud. Makes for a perfect ambient soundtrack!Published 9 months ago by Sabrina Bagley
Love this group. My favorite movie soundtrack of all-time.Published 12 months ago by Steve J. Djukanovich
This is a great album. It's very mellow and beautiful.Published 13 months ago by Ryan Matthew Klemmer
I love EITS, but other album with Your Hand in Mine is much better. This one is pretty boring. I regret my purchase.Published 14 months ago by Brian L.
Explosions in the Sky is one of my new favorite bands. I use this on long car trips/walks and it certainly calms me down if I'm feeling anxious or frustrated. Excellent album. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Fotinosnm
Eeerie and soulful at the same time. Has a quality that makes time seem to stand still. I like it very much. Explosions in the Sky will be a group that will sell me more recordsPublished on September 7, 2013 by Silent Swede
Hey, if you liked the movie and the tunes, you'll like the CD. It does kinda sound like the same song played in an extended version....but that's what I expected!!!Published on August 29, 2013 by Wiseguy