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The Truth About Charlie Soundtrack

4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Jonathan Demme's eclectic song choices paradoxically strengthen and weaken the soundtrack to his film The Truth About Charlie. On the one hand, the rich diversity of styles is a treat to behold: fiery tribal world music with a French twist (Rachid Taha) and barnstorming melodic rock (the Soft Boys) merge with stirring soul jazz (Angélique Kidjo) and hyped-up techno dub (Asian Dub Foundation). Moreover, the dark atmosphere permeating the album--exemplified best by the sweltering exotic dance of De Phazz, Transglobal Underground's smoldering trip-hop, and droning, lo-fi post-punk from the Feelies--captures the ominous, suspense-thriller mood of the movie perfectly. However, Charlie also feels unfocused, mostly because too many styles and directions are crammed together and fighting for attention. Consequently, although each individual musician blends genres with pizzazz (as on Manu Chao's Latin-dub-reggae fusion), the textured variety ultimately becomes tiresome. --Annie Zaleski

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jim The Jinn - De Phazz
  2. Garab - Rachid Taha
  3. La voix du vaurien - Jean Marc Miro
  4. Les Enfants Perdus - AngiLique Kidjo
  5. Mr. Kennedy - Soft Boys
  6. This Is The Army Of Forgotten Souls - Transglobal Underground
  7. Ragda - Khaled
  8. It's A Wonderful Life - Sparklehorse
  9. Epoca - Gotan Project
  10. Mentira - Manu Chao
  11. Fortress Europe - Asian Dub Foundation
  12. De Cara A La Pared - Lhasa
  13. Slow Down - The Feelies
  14. Sous Le Soleil Exactement - Anna Karina
  15. Hey Natty (Day Monsters) - Backward Dog
  16. Bigga Man - Ted Demme
  17. Truthful Moods - Rachel Portman
  18. Quand Tu M'Aimes - Charles Aznavour


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: October 25, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006LWQO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
I saw the movie (which was alright) and knew immediately after that I was going to buy the soundtrack. As I expected, it turned out to be one of the best CD's I've ever purchased. 18 great songs from every corner of the planet that are very diverse and unique, yet come together beautifully to form an excellent compilation.
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By Zen on September 4, 2004
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As I was watching the movie, and suddenly Aznavour appeared singing that wonderful song I was hooked. Made the movie worthwhile as well as the soundtrack. Many of the other songs are great too. Makes you feel you're in Paris!
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After seeing the movie, the amazing beats kept going through my head until I bought the soundtrack. It's got an interesting variety of songs, but it's got a consistent beat that you can tap your foot to anywhere at anytime. 'Jim the Jinn' and 'Epoca' are both just amazing. Definitely a worthwhile purchase.
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By A Customer on October 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Usually when I am watching a movie, I am paying full attention to what the actors are doing and saying, trying to follow the plot, etc. I knew that this soundtrack was really good because throughout the entire movie, I kept hearing songs that just sounded awesome. I keep telling my cousin that I had to get this soundtrack because all the songs just sounded so good. Of course, the soundtrack did not disappoint. Even if you don't see the movie, buy this CD!!
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Saw this TERRIFIC film twice, in part because of the music. This soundtrack leaves you dizzy in the night sky full of swinging pink neon and possibilities, ready to go out and wander the streets to note the qualities of people. "The Truth About Charlie" soundtrack had a sticker on it that boasted it as "the greates global music album of the 21st century" when it came out 10 years ago. For once, that is not an exageration. I went on to purchase the entire oeuvres of Germans, De-Phazz (Audio Elastique), Pakistani Brits, Asian Dub Foundation (History of Now), Caucasian Londoners, Transglobal Underground (Stone Turntable), Mexican Canadian, Lhasa (Lhasa), French Algerian, Rachid Taha (Bonjour) and Swiss, Argentine and French Parisians, the Gotan Project (La Revancha Del Tango). I bought the full cds of several other artists represented, including The Feelies, Charles Aznavour, Sparklehorse and Jean Marc Miro. This one soundtrack compilation is responisble for 75% of my music collection!!!
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But only almost. I would be much happier if this cd had just been released as some kind of super funky collection, instead of as the one redeeming factor of a great waste of money, time, and talent. I really didn't like TTAC, from the very beginning, but the music kept me interested. I don't actually think all of it works very well in the movie--for instance, the chase scene near the end could've benefited from Henry Mancini, not the chill relaxed tune that drags the sequence down and seems to say "don't worry about a thing, it's gonna be okay," which is not the point in a supposed thriller!--but it works just fine in my cd player. Buy the soundtrack, skip the picture.
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It's almost impossible to find such a blend of great music in just one album. Especially Gotan Project and Manu Chao. You'll find a great combination of French, English, Turkish, African and Latin American music. It is a must have. Saludos.
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Seems to be every song from the movie. Not all of them that enjoyable, but I knew what to expect. An odd and eclectic, and mostly interesting, mix of songs that I'm glad for the movie bringing to my attention.
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