Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Soundtrack
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MP3 Music, May 28, 2002
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Someone had a lot of fun putting this CD together, because they are some obscure, yet delightful tracks. Ann Savoy, a singer I did not know before buying this disc, has a gorgeous voice, and the soft accompaniment to her three contributions highlights her music very well. New tracks from two of today's most interesting singers, Allison Krause ("Sitting At The Window Of My Room" is wonderful), and Lauryn Hill ("Selah", a great track that is much better than anything on Miss Hill's 2nd album) are extremely enjoyable.Mahalia Jackson's "Walk In Jerusalem" is a soulful gospel pleasure, and Richard and Linda Thompson's "Dimming Of The Day" is one of their best songs (though if you know this song beware, for some unknown reason, the instrumentation is a lot different than on the original).
The biggest misfire on this disc is Macy Gray's remake of Billie Holiday's "I Want to Be Your Mother's Son In Law". Gray is a great singer, but her voice isn't equipped for remaking classic blues/jazz numbers, especially one where the limitations of her voice are readily apparent.
The problem with this disc is that it cannot set (or cannot hold) one mood for more than 2-3 songs in a row. I have been hitting the skip button on my player a lot since I bought it. You'll enjoy the songs, just be prepared for an erratic approach to the programming.
The soundtrack contains a wonderful variety of cajun, blues, and rock and roll music that any music fan will find pleasing and refreshing, as well as appearances by some of today's most talented musicians. Macy Gray performs the Billie Holliday tune, "I Want to Be Your Mother's Son In Law" to sheer perfection, Lauryn Hill contributes an emotion-packed recording of "Selah," and Grammy award winning O Brother veteran Alison Krauss appears with a lovely version of "Sitting in the Window of My Room." New music by music legends Tony Bennett and Bob Dylan is also worth hearing. Like the O BROTHER soundtrack, Burnett mixes the newly recorded songs with music of the past, including three rockin' Jimmy Reed tracks and a symphonic remix of Richard and Linda Thompson's "Dimming of the Day."
Whether you've seen the movie or not, this is a fantastic music collection to own. If you loved the O Brother soundtrack, love the blues, or love great music in general, check it out! :-)
The Cajun Violins sing soulfully of the bayous lost in the waves of heat and heart. Each song flows gently in the next and one finds themselves dancing away their gloom. Jazz from years gone by jumps alive in the new. There is not one track that one wants to "pass over". A true little jewel in a world of pretenders.
If you've seen the movie the soundtrack doesn't miss a song or a moment to remember it by.
Bye this CD!
Yes, T. Bone Burnett, he of the "Midas everything I touch turns to gold lately" production fame. He of the "O, Brother Where Art Though," Natalie Merchant's "Motherland" and the Counting Crows, "August and Everything After" success. The guy has the heartbeat of Americana folk, Cajun, bluegrass and those styles and more are represented here. There's some wonderful nostalgia with Blind Uncle Gaspard's Cajun album opener. There's a little big band jazz with Macy Gray and Taj Mahal, acoustic R & B with Lauryn Hill, gospel with Mahalia Jackson, and even a little ambient trip hop with Jade Vicent.
Usually these disparate styles sink the majority of soundtracks for me and it has been my constant complaint of the genre. But I'm ready to join the sisterhood with this wonderful soundtrack. Now if I can just find where I left my Ya Ya's. Oh, there they are in the corner hanging out with Mick and the Boys. Roll on and then some brothers and sisters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
T-Bone Burnett is a genius, covering the spectrum of Southern music with Cajun, blues, and emotive music that captures the spirit and intent of this most excellent movie.Published 11 months ago by Sheri Baker
I love the music but the cd I received was awful the sound dragged and cut out so much I couldn't even listen to it. it was a waste of money.Published 13 months ago by sherry
Love Bob Dylan! Songs in this CD are great! This is my second one, wore the first one out!!Published 13 months ago by carmen kelley
This story of a dysfunctional family life in the south told through the eyes of the now grown child has a superb cast and is cleverly shown in a light that is perhaps not quite as... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Peter Ashlock
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