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Friday Night Lights Soundtrack

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From Oscarr-winning producer BRIAN GRAZER and Imagine Entertainment and based on the best-selling book about high school football by H.G. Bissinger, Friday Night Lights chronicles the entire 1988 season of the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas, with football players, coaches, mothers, fathers, pastors, boosters, fans and families struggling with ongoing personal conflicts while the team fights for a state championship.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. From West Texas
  2. Your Hand In Mine
  3. Our Last Days As Children
  4. An Ugly Fact Of Life
  5. Home
  6. Sonho Dourado
  7. To West Texas
  8. Your Hand In Mine
  9. Inside It All Feels The Same
  10. Do You Ever Feel Cursed?
  11. Lonely Train
  12. Seagull
  13. The Sky Above, The Field Below
  14. A Slow Dance


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: October 8, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hip-O
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • ASIN: B000649YAM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have to begin by saying that the previous reviewer mentioning Creed and Nickelback has to be joking. That can't be a serious review. In addition, Explosions in the Sky is from Texas. In fact, three of the band's members are actually from the Midland/Odessa area where the film is set (which is, in part, why they were asked to score the film). Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Now, the music. I'll be fair and say I haven't seen the film yet, so I have to review the music based solely on its quality. On that front, it's pretty good.

For Explosions in the Sky fans, there is, disappointingly, none of the group's trademark loud/soft dynamics, and a lot of the drumming is buried in the mix or non-existent. So, if you're looking for this to smack you with some distortion or volume like one of the previous EITS records, you're not going to get that. What you will get is a wonderful version of "Your Hand in Mine." And, just like the title suggests, it has strings. The other songs fall toward the band's more melodic work and are often backed by strings.

It's peaceful, quiet listening that really does sound like Texas - spacious but intimate, complex, dusty, bright, sad and hopeful. For counterpoint, listen to the Daniel Lanois track "Sonho Dourado," which sounds like what people think Texas sounds like. It's a fine song, but it's all surface.

If you're a fan of Explosions in the Sky's previous work; if you like post rock; if you like quiet music with some angular, arpeggiating, bright guitar work; if you love the beauty of twilight; if you believe in the sound of Texas - pick this up.
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Explosions came to my college a couple years back as an opener for another band and absolutely blew my mind. I had never heard music like this before, and one of the guitarists was cool enough to let me hang with him after the show and tell me all about his gear so I could (attempt to) replicate some of their distinctive guitar sounds on my own. I am so ecstatic that these guys have been able to get on a major motion picture soundtrack to share their sound with a nationwide audience. Their music truly inspires. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.
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Explosions in the Sky were an excellent choice for the soundtrack to this movie. Their music creates an impressive background mood for a film this touching. If one believes that a run-of-the-mill common sounding band such as Nickelback or Creed should have provided pieces for this film, perhaps he or she should go see one of the crappy generic action films that Hollywood seems to spew out every other week. Needless to say, I greatly appreciated this musical selection.
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Please forgive me if this marks my introduction to the Texas group Explosions In The Sky. Previously unfamiliar with their work, I must say I am now curious to listen to the rest of their catalouge.

Present here though is echoing music that evokes the spirit of not only the wide Texas prairie but also the deep loneliness that awaits the high school football star long after the stadium is empty and the bright lights have long surrendered to the blanketing night.

Explosions In The Sky's haunting music fills the listener with a sense of isolation equal to that of a Bradburian protagonist. And as the original (and excellent must read!) Bissinger book on which the film is based suggests, nothing ostracizes a young man more than to have his glory days pass him by.

Granted the Daniel Lanoisesque (who does make an appearence here) soundscapes do grow somewhat redundant and the selections could use a stronger presence of bass and drums. And besides the beautiful ballad "Seagull", this soundrack could use some more vocals.

But this is a small weakness. Present in this fine soundtrack is a moody counterpoint to the roar of a crowd on sweltering Friday night in Texas. A fine invitation to silent contemplation and reflection as one drives through deserted and desolate country.
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This is actually a response to the other review on this soundtrack. Now, the reason why this movie has recieved such praise, beyond the acting performance and well-written storyline, is that it did not just slap a "jock jams" style of soundtrack on top of it. The bands that are on the soundtrack are adept at conveying a deeper emotion from the story, rather than getting you "pumped up" at the gym.
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Explosions in the Sky is one of my new favorite bands. I use this on long car trips/walks and it certainly calms me down if I'm feeling anxious or frustrated. Excellent album. No need to watch the movie to appreciate this beautiful score.
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I have never been a fan of this type of music before. I don't live in Texas, so I really don't know what you guys see in the spirit of the prairies and ranges in the state. But what I heard on this cd truly makes me imagine and feel what it is suppose to feel like. The beauty of the guitar being orchestrated in this cd made me shed a tear. Mainly because I looked back at past scenes in my life with this music as the background and couldn't help but put this music in with bad & good times. It's truly touching and because of that I bought both "Earth is not a Cold dead place" and "Those who tell the truth..." I can't see how anyone who listened to this music is not affected by it. I play it everywhere...in the car. At work. At home. At outings. It's great...
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