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The Hottest State Soundtrack

4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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The soundtrack for the film, The Hottest State isn't just another compilation of songs pulled out of obscurity and thrown together for a movie companion piece. No way. If anything, this album and it is indeed, an album could also be categorized as a tribute record. The album features sixteen songs, plus two score passages, all recorded exclusively for the film by some of the finest names in music today, all for the benefit of paying tribute to one of the brightest new songwriting talents in the last two decades: Jesse Harris. Grammy winning singer/songwriter Jesse Harris wrote all the music for the soundtrack and serves as the album's co-executive producer along with the film's director/screenwriter/producer, Ethan Hawke. Together, they assembled a peerless group of artists to record Harris' songs: Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Bright Eyes, Feist, The Black Keys, M. Ward, Brad Mehldau, Tony Scherr and Argentinean newcomer, Rocha. Jesse Harris recorded three songs for the soundtrack himself and also has a small role in the film. The soundtrack will be the second release by Hickory Records, the new imprint of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Harris, who has known Hawke since the early 1990s, has released six albums as a solo artist. His songs have been recorded by Madeleine Peyroux, Pat Metheny, and Lizz Wright, and in 2003, he won a Song of the Year Grammy for writing Norah Jones' smash hit Don't Know Why. Adapted by Ethan Hawke from his novel of the same name, The Hottest State is a bittersweet romance that distills the joy, pain, erotic highs, and emotional lows of first love. Hawke directs and co-stars in the film along with Mark Webber [Broken Flowers] Oscar nominees Catalina Sandino Moreno [Maria Full Of Grace], Laura Linney [Mystic River, The Squid and the Whale], Michelle Williams [Brokeback Mountain] and Sonia Braga [Kiss Of The Spider Woman]. The movie opens in New York and Los Angeles on August 24, and nationwide throughout September.

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Though Jesse Harris has benefited greatly from his association with Norah Jones--who has recorded a number of his songs, including the Grammy-winning "Don't Know Why"--he could receive an even bigger boost from this soundtrack. Actor Ethan Hawke, who wrote and directed the movie, is plainly a huge Harris fan, picking his songs for the entire soundtrack album, performed by a wide array of luminaries along with Harris. The more radical results range from the electronic atmospherics of Bright Eyes on "Big Old House" to the narcotic haze conjured by Cat Power on "It's Alright to Fail." Three different versions of the key track, "Never See You," introduce Argentine newcomer Rocha, performing the song in both Spanish and English, with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau providing an instrumental interpretation. The stripped-down intimacy of Willie Nelson ("Always Seem to Get Things Wrong"), Emmylou Harris ("The Speed of Sound") and Norah Jones ("World of Trouble") brings out the best in Jesse Harris's material, which seems to come from a place where country, blues, pop standards, and easy-listening jazz converge. --Don McLeese
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hickory Records
  • ASIN: B000S2B284
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By cordell jeffries on June 15, 2015
Format: MP3 Music
I don't know an iota about this film. But I do know an awesome collection of tunes when I hear it...and that's exactly what this soundtrack is! Willie Nelson. Black Keys. Cat Power. And a slew of fantastic performances by folks I haven't heard of. This album has Sunday Morning written all over it, never mind a nice, long drive in a convertible.
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Format: Audio CD
From start to finish this album is amazing. With the strength of Jesse Harris behind it, it is not just your average pile of random songs on a soundtrack. Many soundtracks have the feel of over packaging, not with The Hottest State. This is a soundtrack much like Once or Garden State. I cannot stop listening. Rocha is amazing. The Cat Power song is stunning. The Speed of Sound by Emmylous Harris--breathtaking. Bright Eyes adds an amazing piece as well. It does not disappoint once.
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I heard about this CD on NPR and decided to buy it on a whim. To me, it is something perfect for a lazy Sunday morning or a gentle rainy day. Very pretty music. I am a fan of Feist, M. Ward and Cat Power but now I think I am a fan of Jesse Harris. Good work.
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By JDB on November 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure what to expect from this album, but after listening to it a couple of times I really enjoy it. There are two songs I've removed from my iPod, but the rest of the album flows very nicely together.
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By BGM on December 29, 2013
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This movie was very, very good- and have waited a long time to get this soundtrack. excellent songs- excellent movie
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