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The Center of the World Soundtrack

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product Description

Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club, Smoke, and Blue in the Face) creates a steamy portrait of love and sex in the technological age, with The Center of the World, an erotic drama about a young computer wizard (Peter Sarsgaard, Boys Don't Cry) whose immersion in the digital world has left him unaccustomed to normal social interaction. When he persuades a beautiful stripper (Molly Parker, Kissed) to spend three days with him in Las Vegas, their arrangement becomes a journey into the dark secrets of their sexuality.

Sensuous and technologically sophisticated, the soundtrack for The Center of the World compiles an eclectic array of artists, including Robbie Robertson, Laika, Joe Henry and Six Degrees world music star Bebel Gilberto. Other featured Six Degrees artists include DJ Cam, Bob Holroyd, Brazilian electronica purveyor DJ Suba, Euphoria, dj Cheb i Sabbah (whose "Kese Kese" is remixed here by Transglobal Underground) and Ekova (their "Temoine" receiving an epic remix from Farmakit).

"In Las Vegas, the Sphinx overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge. Venice sits in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. The world is closer than you think. With its variety and hybrids of world music, the music for The Center of the World is closer than you think." --Wayne Wang, director, The Center of the World

San Francisco's Six Degrees label offers up 12 helpings of aural sex on this soundtrack to Wayne Wang's steamy drama. While the majority of tracks have previously appeared elsewhere, it's still a decent, downtempo-slanted mini-tour of music's erotic landscape. Prefer seductions of the sweltering sort? See Laika's sexy funk or DJ Cam's warm and close instrumental hip-hop. Care to throw in a little mystery? Robbie Robertson chimes in with a typical travelogue of late-night desolation while Euphoria make the scene with their woozy slide-guitar stylings. Representatives for Brazil and the Asian Underground are also here in full force, from stuttery Hindu exotica (DJ Cheb i Sabbah) to spacey, pulsing Iranian/Algerian experimentronica (Ekova) to lush and sensuous bossa nova (Bebel Gilberto). The chronically underappreciated Joe Henry ends the proceedings with a midtempo ballad, somehow simultaneously sweet and wounded. --Bob Michaels

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Black Cat Bone - Laika
  2. Millenium - DJ Cam
  3. Rattlebone - Robbie Robertson
  4. Daylight Tripping - Nicky Love
  5. (Is This) Heaven? - Euphoria
  6. Kese Kese (Where's the Sarangi Mix) - dj Cheb i Sabbah
  7. Temoine (Farmakit Extended Remix) - Ekova
  8. The Sheer Weight of Memory - Bob Holroyd
  9. Alguim - Bebel Gilberto
  10. Tantos Desejos (So Many Desires) - Suba
  11. Currents - Kingsuk Biswas
  12. Mean Flower - Joe Henry

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • ASIN: B000058THB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

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What a wonderful collection of music. While listening to this CD, it just makes you want to move around the room with another person. The music has an erotic undertone to it that almost acts as an afrodiziac. It is definitely one that I will play while spending time with that special someone.
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By A Customer on May 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a gorgeous collection of sensuous techno music. I'd heard of only a few of the artists featured on the CD, but now I certainly want to know more by them all. It's a perfect CD for that passionate dinner date, or for a relaxing night, or just for simple enjoyment. If the movie is anything like the CD... wow.
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Center of the World is sometimes a hard movie to watch. It explicitly puts a price tag on not just sex but an entire weekend with another person. Yet as I watched the movie and thought about answers to the questions it was posing, I was constantly enveloped by its array of sultry music.
This soundtrack conveys the dark, smoky, empty intimacy of the movie very well, using mostly downbeat, international unknowns to cast a spell on the listener. There is a bit of a trip hop feel to some tracks, most notably Laika's "Black Cat Bone" and Nickie Love's "Daylight Tripping," while Bob Holroyd's "The Sheer Weight of Memory" and Kingsuk Biswas' "Currents" make me think of Enigma or Dreadzone. Suba's "Tantos Desejos (So Many Desires)" sounds like a Sade song translated into Spanish. Only Joe Henry's "Mean Flower" sounds a little out of place on a disc with such an exotic feel to it, but even this jazzy track fits in its own way.
A very steamy CD, just about perfect given the right occasion.
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