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Talk to Her [Soundtrack]

Alberto IglesiasAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Milan Records
  • ASIN: B00006YXEA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sabana Santa
2. Hable Con Ella
3. Cucurrucucz Paloma
4. El Grito
5. Por Toda a Minha Vida
6. La Mesita de Noche
7. Jordania
8. El Amante Menguante
9. Maria Santmsima de Araceli
10. La Noche y el Viento
11. Trincheras/Decadance
12. Habitacion de Alicia
13. A Portagayola
14. La Discusisn Viaja en Coche
15. Alicia Vive
16. Los Olivos
17. Amancecer Agitato
18. Soy Marco
19. Raquel by Bau
20. The Plaint: O Let Me Weep, For Ever Weep

Editorial Reviews

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Continuing the rewarding collaboration begun on 1995's The Flower of My Secret, composer Alberto Iglesias infuses director Pedro Almodóvar's 2002 meditation on love, obsession, and loss with a score of quiet, sophisticated grace. It ranges from the evocative Spanish guitar, violin, and vocal flourishes of "Hable con Ella" (showcasing contemporary flamenco stars Vincente Amigo and El Pele) and Brazilian vocalist Caetano Veloso's gorgeously spare rendition of the international hit "Cucurrucucu Paloma" to the Latin classicism of Ellis Regina and Tom Jobim's "Por Toda a Minha Vida" and a slate of moody string-driven, autumnal orchestral cues. The eight-minute "El Amante Menguante" for string quartet features compelling, almost playful modern flourishes while tracks like "Trincheras/Decadence" and the tense "A Portagayola" suggest a rewarding Spanish take on Hitchcockian romance and suspense. That it all meshes almost seamlessly with Purcell's closing "The Plaint: O Let Me Weep" is ample testimony to the transnational flavor and ever-subtle mastery Iglesias brings to bear here. --Jerry McCulley

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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow... where can I find more Caetano Veloso?? February 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Hey, I was as surprised as anyone else to see Caetano pop out of nowhere in this creepy-but-classy Pedro Almodovar film... and his version of "Cucurrucucu Paloma" is as charming and transcendent a performance as you could ever ask for. Okay, so now a bunch of people are wondering which Caetano albums to buy that sound similar in tone to that song. Of the top of my head, I'd recommend acoustically-oriented records such as 1975's "Coisa" and "Joia," and particularly the more recent European concert album, "Omaggio A Federico E Guilietta," which features Caetano playing with pretty much the same ensemble as seen in the film, and has the same subtle cultural spendor. It also features avant-pop cellist Jacques Morelenbaum, who has been Caetano's bandleader for the last decade or so. They're certainly all favorites of mine.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Beautiful November 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the best original score I have heard in a while for one of the best movies I have seen recently. The music is haunting, pensive, beautiful, and more, and sets the tone perfectly for the themes and issues in the movie. Caetano Veloso's performance is stunning in the movie, and the song sounds not quite, but almost, as beautiful here without the accompanying visual. Talk To Her evokes a singular tone and feeling for its audience, and now that I have heard the soundtrack on its own, I realize that Almodovar owes much to his composer, Iglesias, in this regard.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Let Me Weep July 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Most film music is only written to underscore a scene, set the mood or raise tensions. It is the poor stepchild of films. Yet some film directors realize that music can make or break their film. Pedro Almodovar is one of these. He is a traditionalist, a formalist director whose ideas about the importance of Music in Film he shares with the directors of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Alberto Iglesias has composed the lions share of the music for "Talk to Her" that not only plays an integral part of the film in which it is featured but can stand alone on it's own merits as emotional and beautiful and of course evocative of the filmed images of Almodovar's breathtaking film.
One of the most awe-inspiring Musical interludes in any film in recent memory is included here: Gaetano Veloso's studio recording of "Cucurrucucu Paloma." It is excellent of course but the live version from the film would have been preferable.
Put this CD on, open a bottle of Allende Rioja Reserva, slice some Chorizo and Manchego and immerse yourself in the glories of Iglesias's music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Back the Feel of the Movie May 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack has a great mix of different styles, courtesy of Alberto Iglesias and such well known artists as Caetano Veloso and Vicente Amigo.
In addition to just great music, the tracks really take you back to the specific scenes in the movie from which they are taken. For instance "El Amante Menguante" immediate took my mind back to that crazy (but strangely appropriate) shrinking lover silent film. Also, "The Plaint: O Let Me Weep", For Ever Weep" brought back the opening scene perfectly (a little strange that they stuck it at the end of the soundtrack)
The title track by Vicente Amigo and El Pele is amazing - it's almost painful to hear the "duende" in El Pele's voice.
I definitely recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of 2002 and his best work: Musical poetry December 20, 2005
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Alberto Iglesias' music very much constitutes part of the soul of all recent movies by Spanish genius Pedro Almodovar. But in "Talk To Her" Iglesias simply pushed the envelope to new levels of lyrical beauty. When you listen to the album, not only can you perfectly relive moments of the movie. You also wonder if some of the scenes in it would have had the same life in them, had they not contained a piece of this emotionally charged score. His work is that powerful and touching.

Those already acquainted with Iglesias' music will find the work of Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi equally refreshing, in particular his scores for the movies "2046" and "House of Flying Daggers". Those new to Iglesias are bound to fall in love with his music when they listen to "Talk To Her", easily his best album and one of the best scores in a very long time.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the complete sound track April 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I really enjoyed the movie and while the sound track is wonderful, it doesn't include the song that compelled me to order the sound track. Disappointingly, I have no idea what it was and don't know how to find out. This is not the first time that a movie offers a sound track but the song that elicits one to purchase it is not included. This is my last attempt at this futile exercise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CD for all listening occasions February 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Since seeing the movie and purchasing the soundtrack album, I find that this CD is almost always the "go to" album when I'm in the mood for something calming, yet musically challenging. From opening to end, the music is like a single voyage that takes the listener to various ports of interest for just a few minutes at a time. But it's the voyage itself that's memorable. Barber, Rodgrigo, and Purcell all on the same cruise. My favorite album for months.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the movie September 20, 2005
By L. Hool
Format:Audio CD
Iglesias's music captures perfectly the different moments of a great movie, and it stands quite well on its own. "El Amante Lenguante," which constitutes the full soundtrack to the mini silent movie within "Talk to Her," is one of the most inventive tracks. Caetano Veloso's performance of "Cuccuruccu Paloma" captures one of the best moments of the film itself and is another welcome addition to the soundtrack.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack for a great movie
I was introduced to Hable Con Ella by a friend and I enjoyed the movie. My rule about movies I like is to acquire the soundtracks for them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk to Her Soundtrack
Has been looking for it for a long time. This is what I expected, and I am happy with what I've got!!!
Published 3 months ago by Johnosn Chow
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong CD
As I explained in a previous email, what I received was a CD case with another music CD. I did not get the music CD TALK TO HER. What I received was a CD of Brazilian music. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Manuel Sampaio
2.0 out of 5 stars Talk to her
Not easy to listen right through ,some tracks hard to listen to they are grating so you have to stand next to machine to fast forward to next track.
Published 6 months ago by Theo Pask
5.0 out of 5 stars Love makes some do crazy thing
The story of this movie is very hunting, mesmerizing and sad. Good Director, Actors, Editing and Music. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Barbara C. Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars Aweseome
My favorite Cd at the moment..Good to listen in a romantic night...in fact good to listen anytime..I am very lucky to have it..
Published 14 months ago by Esen Beriker
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly beautiful
The music from this extraordinary film is as elegiac as the film. It's fearsomely romantic without ever becoming corny. Talk to Her (Hable con Ella)
Published on February 28, 2012 by M. Y. Mim
5.0 out of 5 stars Very introspective
Alberto Iglesias is the usual choice by Almodóvar for the soundtracks of his movies. This is a very introspective soundtrack that I particularly cherish a lot. Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Add Another 5 Stars
Beautiful, poignant, heart rending music. It astonishes me that the overall rating based on Amazon reviews is less than a full five stars. Read more
Published on July 15, 2010 by Charles A. Horowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tracks
This is beautiful music and it added to the joy of seeing the film, music was subtle but effective.
Published on May 7, 2010 by Great Scott Cookies
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