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"A Perfect Place" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

March 11, 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: March 11, 2008
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 2008 Ipecac Recordings
  • Total Length: 35:28
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  • ASIN: B0015ZMTXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,134 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I cant wait to see what he does next!!!
Michael Armpriester
Mike Patton's soundtrack to "A Perfect Place" takes you through the surreal and suspenseful tones of a short film from Derrick Scocchera.
Justin St. Vincent
All that said however I don't really think as a album it holds up as strong as it could.
Catfood03

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on March 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"A Perfect Place" is (to my knowledge) the first soundtrack recording by Mike Patton, packaged together with a DVD of the film. I'll tackle the score first, since it was the reason I (and I assume most others) chose to purchase this.

Patton's score, performed largely by the composer (with the exception of percussion performances on a couple tracks by Danny Heifetz and William Winant), is seeped in the sounds of many of the great film score composers. Like Morricone, Patton develops a single theme, which comes swirling in and out over and over again to great effect. Like Barry, Patton mixes in swaggering horns and latin percussion ("Main Title" and particularly "Batucada"). And like Zorn, he keeps twisting and turning, building senses of mystery with simple instrumental arrangements (the vibes-driven "Seriously Disturbed", the groaning sounds mixed with the delicate synths on theme restatement "Another Perfect Place") and a seemingly endless series of influences and genres (check the downright authentic church organ strains of "Catholic Tribe").

Along the way, we also get a trio of vocal features-- "A Perfect Twist" gives Patton a chance for a pop workout over a chugging swing rhythm, while "A Dream of Roses" shows off his straightahead swing chops. The latter, featured coming out of the radio of an elderly woman in the movie, is particularly engaging, Patton's effort for period authenticity is staggering in its success, right down to the gentle analog noise consistent with older recordings. Patton also takes a stab at a straightahead opera sound on "Il Cupo Delore", which, while perhaps not the best piece ever, shows a vocal side of him we've yet to see and is staggering if nothing else in the effectiveness of his voice.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Grant on May 3, 2008
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So, I'm a Mike Patton junkie....but I'm one of those junkies that can admit when something he does sucks, so I don't feel too biased in saying that this is brilliant...

The fact that the film and the score come together, makes this one of the most sensible purchases of the year. The film is exactly what you'd expect, It looks gorgeous, and holds your interest, The performances are great, and it's a shame that this is essentially coming into the world as a cult film, because more people should be able to see it.

The score is one Patton fans have waited for for years...it's the type of score that can be used as background music when you're driving, or cleaning the house, but that also begs to have you sit down with a glass of wine and just absorb it all, every note, and every sound. Rare is the music that lets you do both of those things with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Armpriester on May 28, 2008
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Mike Patton writes and performs a great sound track for this movie. The movie itself is funny and the music fits perfect! If you like most Mike Patton stuff, you will have no problem with this. Very, very glad I bought it. I cant wait to see what he does next!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brady Morrella on April 15, 2008
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Mike Patton creates a film score that would make the geniuses like Ennio Morricone and Angelo Badalamenti (both of whom he covered with Fantomas on their fantastic Director's Cut), proud. A new release from Patton is always cause for excitement and, as with so many of his projects, this one doesn't disappoint. As a bonus, it comes with a DVD of the movie that it was made for. A must for any Mike Patton fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin St. Vincent on April 25, 2008
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Derrick Scocchera's "A Perfect Place" is a short black and white film featuring a profoundly eclectic soundtrack by Mike Patton. This black comedy follows Tom (Mark Boone Junior) and poker bubby Eddie (Bill Moseley) in their dilemma of finding a perfect place to bury the body of flatmate Dennis (Tom Miller) when battered by a bass guitar. A Perfect Place is a pseudo-haunting and playfully humourous story from Fantoma Films, landmarking Ipecac Recordings' 100th release in a special edition film and soundtrack package. This CD and DVD release includes "A Perfect Place" movie, scene selection, trailer, and fifteen song soundtrack.

Mike Patton's soundtrack to "A Perfect Place" takes you through the surreal and suspenseful tones of a short film from Derrick Scocchera. A perfect blend of jazz-rock and noise-pop for "A Perfect Twist (Vocal)", Komeda-style lullaby vocals on "A Little Poker Tomorrow Night?", 1930's pop-swing on "A Dream Of Roses", with "Swinging The Body" referencing Mancini's "Charade", kooky organ on "Catholic Tribe", and outstanding operatic vocals on "Il Cupo Dolore". All music was written, performed, produced, and mixed by Mike Patton, with additional percussion by Mr. Bungle's drummer Danny Heifetz and William Winant on "Main Title" and "Batucada".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catfood03 on July 15, 2009
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Mike Patton fans and those simply curious will want to consider picking this one up. This movie soundtrack is quite different from his work on the Tzadik label (Adult Themes for Voice and Pranzo Oltranzista) and also more tempered and accessible.

A Perfect Place is packaged with both a short film and it's music together on two separate discs. Neither film or music is a total masterpiece, but each has moments of brilliance and intrigue to keep the eyes and ears attuned. What is great about Mike Patton as a film composer is that he doesn't simply rely on a string section alone like many film scores do. Like his friend and mentor John Zorn, Patton is unafraid to pull from Rock, Avant, Big Band, and general noise-making (two tracks are of a radio dial being tuned) to suit the right mood for each piece.

All that said however I don't really think as a album it holds up as strong as it could. The CD is only a scant 35 minutes, mostly consisting of instrumentals, but there are a few moments where Patton gets to flex his vocals a bit in the way he did in his Mr. Bungle days. I don't play this CD much, but when I do I come away feeling it was a good purchase.
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