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Timely with the release of the long-overdue Wong Kar Wai movie 2046, its original soundtrack has 20 moody, heart-felt instrumental tracks from the movie starring the biggest Asian star names in the industry including Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Kimura Takuya, Zhang Ziyi, Maggie Cheung and Gong Li. The well composed, arranged and mixed tracks are the works of the highly respected Umebayashi Shigeru (who has secured music credits for his masterpieces in In The Mood For Love, House of the Flying Dagger and Zhou Yu's Train), London Symphony Orchestra and several other stylish musicians. The 2046 original soundtrack comes with a free, picture-perfect postcard from the movie plus a detailed explanation of the music from the director himself! Don't wait until 2046 to get your hands on a copy! EMI. 2004.
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If you love the film, you'll appreciate having this CD. Great to drive to in the morning commute....
This is not the first time (by far) that I have tried, with no luck, to buy a soundtrack after having seen a movie... I wonder why this is? Film distributors and studios don't want to sell soundtracks? Ah well, I think they live in a world of their own anyway......
It's an entrancing soundtrack from start to finish with dark, dramatic orchestrals, a few catchy upbeat songs, and moody jazz.
There really isn't a track I don't like, but my personal favs are:
1. 2046 Main Theme (With Percussion)/(Rumba version) - One of the most entrancing opening track, simply amazing. The rumba version is also a really nice dance worthy track, pretty romantic with the violin.
2. Siboney and Siboney Instrumental - At first I got a bit annoyed with how loud Connie Francis sounded as she sang, but after a couple of listens, it definitely grows on you. The instrumental version is more upbeat and party like.
3. Sway - I never realized this song had many covers, but Dean Martin makes a fine rendition, pretty classic.
4. Julien et Barbara - Sad and melancholic, yet still retains a certain air of beauty.
5. Polonaise - Probably my favorite instrumental track on the album. Pretty waltzy without being annoying, there's just something about it that makes it seem magical.
6. Lost - Even more dramatic and sad than "Julien et Barbara", the clarinet really hits the emotional spot.
7. Dark Chariot - A simple waltzy piano tune, very pretty.
8. Sisyphos At Work - A jazz club-like song with great sax with a mix of strings, the song runs a bit long though.
9. Decision - For a while I thought I heard this song had a familiar melody, and it does retake the melody from "Lost" but was redone by a different composer. There's a definite difference here, shorter but just as compelling.
10. Adagio - This is probably the "love theme" I would consider for the entire movie. If there's any song on this album that would express "love" it's this song. Utterly beautiful violin work.
In essence, this an album you won't be disappointed with. It's hard to believe this is a soundtrack made in 2004, it sounds like a time-worn piece of work that was uncovered, dusted, cleaned and remastered for the modern listener. The movie is equally as poetic as its soundtrack, people should also give the movie a shot.
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Wow just a wonderful soundtrack. The recordings are all terrificly done -- quality work.Read more