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Metroland: Music and Songs from the Film Soundtrack

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Metroland is what locals call the suburbs surrounding London's Metro rail system. It's also novelist Julian Barnes's metaphor for middle-class complacency, the refuge the film's Christian Bale somehow finds himself in by the late '70s after a hedonistic '60s Parisian interlude spent rebelling against traditional mores. Those are also the geographic and chronological poles Mark Knopfler's score orbits, from wistful title music that edges perilously close to Kenny G-Land to playfully cheesy, tongue-in-cheek cocktail jazz and riff-rock. Along the way Knopfler also pays homage to gypsy jazz-guitar great Django Reinhardt (who's also gratifyingly represented here by two vintage cuts, "Blues Clair" and "Minor Swing") as well as serving up the quiet, melodic melancholy familiar to admirers of Local Hero and Cal. The balance of the collection is devoted to a motley collection of period-pop (The Stranglers' droll "Peaches," Hot Chocolate's "So You Win Again," Elvis Costello's breakthrough "Alison," Knopfler's own "Sultans of Swing," and Francoise Hardy's "Tous les Garcons et les Filles"). Knopfler's done stronger work (perhaps he's rusty; this is just his second score of the '90s), but the album's shaggy eclecticism has its charms nonetheless. --Jerry McCulley


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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Metroland Theme (Instrumental)Mark Knopfler 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. AnnickMark Knopfler 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Tous Les Garcons Et Les FillesFrancoise Hardy 3:06Album Only
  4. BratsMark Knopfler 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Blues ClairDjango Reinhardt 3:01Album Only
  6. Down DayMark Knopfler 1:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. A Walk In ParisMark Knopfler 1:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. She's GoneMark Knopfler 1:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Minor SwingDjango Reinhardt 3:13Album Only
10. PeachesThe Stranglers 4:05Album Only
11. Sultans Of SwingDire Straits 5:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. So You Win AgainHot Chocolate 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. AlisonElvis Costello 3:21Album Only
14. MetrolandMark Knopfler 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000I8TS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is not Knopfler's strongest soundtrack -- I'd credit LOCAL HERO, CAL or WAG THE DOG with that honor. However, it is still very good, but the caveat is do not buy unless you have seen or plan to see the film. Taken on its own, the music may not be that interesting to some listeners. Placed in the context of the (poignant and underrated) film, it is excellent.
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Firstly, see the film. I was changing channels one night and found this on IFC and saw that Emma Watson and Christian Bale were starring. Really enjoy watching those two actors so I decided to watch the movie. Watched it in its entirety and couldn't understand why I had never heard of the film before. Set in England and really pretty to watch I found that I also really liked the songs that were in the background. I especially like the Knopfler tune 'Metroland' which plays during the end credits. I just liked the film and thought the songs were good and bought the album. One of the other reviewers described it is elevator music and I agree. It's just a nice CD to put on when relaxing on those slow nights after a stressful day.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Silver on June 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
i appreciate Mark Knopfler's fitting compoition and the jingle-jangle Django lounge tunes as much as anyone should. I like all the instrumental tracks to this album. But it is lacking in some of the edgy punk that reflected the current setting of the story, which contrasted that much more with the suburban lifestyle. Remember the Subverts? Where are they on this album? I hate when some of the best, hardest-to-find songs of a movie are left out of a soundtrack.
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Not quite what I was hoping for although there are several good pieces on the disc. Would like to have heard some more upbeat material, but I did not get to see all of the movie and the songs I wanted were in the parts I saw. I was just hoping to stumble into some great bonus tracks that I had not heard seeing the movie, but that did not happen. The music is good, there's just not enough of it.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1999
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M.K, is not whith so much at this album, well ok on a couple of songs. The other artists is absolutely not so good as him. Elvis Costello well, i guess he's allright, a little. the others is not so good. The tracks whith M.K and the other dire straits members , did always good music, this record has no chance in comparation whith them. But this record is not so bad, it's a very good album. another good soundtrack. why not buy it? bye. /a fan.
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