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Songs From The Movie

Mary Chapin CarpenterAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Songs From The Movie, with its compelling orchestral reinvention of classic Mary Chapin Carpenter compositions, is an artistic landmark for the beloved singer-songwriter. Collaborating with Composer/Arranger and Producer Vince Mendoza (Sting, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell) and working once again with Co-Producer Matt Rollings (Keith Urban, Lyle Lovett), Carpenter’s new ... Read more in Amazon's Mary Chapin Carpenter Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 14, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoe Records / Pgd
  • ASIN: B00G34XOQ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2014 release from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Songs From The Movie, with its compelling orchestral reinvention of classic Mary Chapin Carpenter compositions, is an artistic landmark for Mary Chapin. Collaborating with composer/arranger and producer Vince Mendoza and working once again with co-producer Matt Rollings, the album harkens to her love of classic film and symphonic music. Citing as inspiration such seminal film composers as Elmer Bernstein and Thomas Newman, and contemporary symphonic composers like Tobias Picker and Morten Lauridsen, Carpenter had long imagined this project but it wasn't until she had the chance to work with Mendoza that it came to fruition. The result reprises 10 of Carpenter's songs in Mendoza's distinctively beautiful and cinematic arrangements to give the listener the continuum of a film soundtrack, albeit an imaginary one.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer perfection January 14, 2014
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Words cannot express how much I love this album. Everything about it is wonderful. Admittedly, I'm a huge Mary Chapin Carpenter fan, and there's little she could do that I wouldn't love, but this album really exceeded even my greatest hopes.

Like Nanci Griffith's DUST BOWN SYMPHONY or Dougie MacLean's WITH STRINGS, this is an album of revisited songs. Not "greatest hits," but more likely songs that seemed to lend themselves to the orchestral arrangements. The song selection is only one of the great things about this album, though.

These are entirely new recordings. Arrangements for full orchestra have been made for each song, and it's the full orchestral sound that you get -- she's not accompanied by her usual band here. Given that the title of the album is SONGS FROM THE MOVIE, the end product sounds very much like a great motion picture score. The arrangements are full and lush, playing a larger role than just that of a backing track. We even get a chorus as backing vocalists on one track ("Ideas Are Like Stars").

For me, one of the things that makes this album so special is the way it takes these songs and lifts them beyond genre. Songs that might have originally been labeled "folk" or "country" become timeless standards. "Where Time Stands Still" is such a fitting song for this album, because this album seems to exist in a place outside of time.

If I had to make a criticism of the album, it would only be that the album is too short. Sure, it's almost 52 minutes long, but it only left me wanting more. A couple of original songs, not recorded before, would have been lovely, but I can't complain about anything that's here.

It's wonderful to have an artist step outside their usual box every once in a while, and this album is a thrilling addition to the Mary Chapin Carpenter catalog.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not a must have January 16, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I've been a MCC fan since State of the Heart and have all of her primary recordings (none of the compilations). If I were going to create my own playlist of favorite songs, none of these would be on it, so keep that in mind when you read this review. When I saw this was coming out, I was lukewarm about it, but bought it out of curiosity. I put the songs from Songs From the Movie in a playlist, side by side with the original versions and listened to them sequentially (orchestra version of On and On It Goes, then original version, etc). My conclusions are:
Neither Mrs. Hemingway nor Where Time Stands Still speak to me--either version.
Songs I prefer in their original form are: I Am A Town (she sings it like she means it; the new version is flat), Only A Dream, and Goodnight America.
Songs I like better with the orchestra are: Dreaming Road, On and On It Goes, and Ideas Are Like Stars.
I like both versions of Between Here and Gone.
Dreaming Road is my favorite cut on Songs From the Movie and shows what an inspired pairing of MCC's songs and Vince Mendoza's arrangements can achieve. It's unfortunate that only a couple other songs on the recording capture this same magic. If these 10 songs are already your favorites, you will probably like this recording. If, like me, they aren't, I can't see much reason to purchase the entire recording.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Filled my heart and brought me to tears.... January 17, 2014
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The soaring strings and lush instrumentals combined with MCC's gorgeous voice make this a true must have for MCC fans and anyone else who just loves beautiful music and meaningful lyrics. I hope she does this again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Musical experiment January 17, 2014
By jh
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I understand the impulse to play with arrangements to find different dimensions of a song. While this may be an interesting experiment, the results can be mixed. SONGS FROM THE MOVIE includes many of my favorite songs by this masterful composer. But, I feel the orchestral arrangements miss some of the most valuable and unique elements of Mary Chapin Carpenter's songs. I have always been amazed by the sense of intimacy and emotional immediacy captured in her recordings. I feel the orchestral arrangements produce "artificial" swells of sound to indicate emotional tides. The orcehstra became superfluous, distracting from the vocal performance.The subtly of the lyrics is washed asunder. The renderings of the lyrics are diluted. Only two of these tracks "worked " for me, COME ON COME ON and GOODNIGHT AMERICA. This recording has left me wanting new material from this amazing songwriter. Less is More.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good idea but not always well executed January 17, 2014
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up front: I am a big fan of Mary Chapin Carpenter and have been for a long time. I went to a concert of her in Houston and her work has never failed to please. Setting some of her songs to an orchestral background had to be a tempting project and in some cases on this CD, it really succeeds. On other songs, it's clear that it's a strain to try and make it work. If you're a Chapin Carpenter fan, you'll love some of these cuts as I do but others will leave you wondering what they were thinking. A word of caution: the snippets you hear on various websites don't really help. Buy the CD or the MP3 download if you're a MCC fan. It's worth that.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Composition January 17, 2014
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A lot of thought went into this beautiful rendering of songs from one of our premier singer/songwriters. A major problem with applying symphonic arrangement to songs such as these is knowing when to back off with the music's intensity and avoid overpowering the lyrics. Mary-Chapin's lyrics and their presentation can be very subtle and it took a subtle touch with the arrangement to compliment rather than obscure. This is most evident in "Goodnight America" , a masterpiece of a song, where the intensity of the music rises and falls perfectly at all the right times.
Its tempting to get caught up in the beautiful orchestral arrangement but, please, listen to the lyrics. That's what Mary-Chapin Carpenter is all about. All in all, a wonderful collection of inspired songs from a gifted artist.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star I Love It Rating
I often go to sleep listening to this CD. Lovely! Until this CD I had no idea Carpenter could bring so much joy.
Published 11 days ago by Samuel J
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but sad album
This is not the CD to listen to if you need a pick me up. It is sad and nostalgic. Her voice is always special. Read more
Published 12 days ago by J. Hayes
3.0 out of 5 stars Orchestral arrangements don't click
I've been a fan of Mary Chapin Carpenter's music for many years. I actually think she's gotten better with age, ranking recent albums such as "The Age of Miracles" and... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
If you are an MCC fan, you have to own this CD. Beautiful, period. Ideas are like stars--- breathtaking. Combine
MCC with a choir and an orchestra--- are you kidding? Read more
Published 22 days ago by Phil Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
Beautiful! I loved this album. Very moving. I have played this album/cd over and over and have not tired of it. Thank you Ms. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Karen Dunlap
5.0 out of 5 stars A symphonic orchestra backed by a symphonic orchestra...
MCC backed by a symphonic orchestra...why did I think this had been done before? It occurs to me that all her songs seem to be backed by a symphony...and why is this? Read more
Published 29 days ago by hdz79
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Chapin Carpenter at her most beautiful!
I absolutely love this CD! And although I have my favorites, all of the songs are beautiful. I have been tempted to order another copy of this CD, because I play it so constantly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mitzi J. ManWarren
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs from the Movie
The orchestra brings out the beautiful lush quality of her voice. A majestic next step for Ms. Carpenter.
More please.
Published 1 month ago by Douglas Bragg
4.0 out of 5 stars Love MC
Beautiful arrangements of some of my favorite MCCarpenter songs. Her voice sounds great and the orchestrations just add to the beauty and meanings of the songs. Recommend highly!
Published 1 month ago by David NYC
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Beyond Words !!!!!! And be prepared for some tears too !!!...
Beautiful Beyond Words !!!!! And many tears ....

I have been a fan of Mary Chapin Carpenter from almost her beginnings (State of the Heart) and over the years have been... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve
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