Long Walk Home: Music from the Rabbit-Proof Fence Soundtrack
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Having said that, this is still a tremendous album, easily on par with (and instantly comparable to) Gabriel's "Passion", the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ. Gabriel has again brought together a host of musicians to collaborate on a soundtrack, succeeding in meshing disparate sounds into a cohesive whole that never sounds belabored or muddled. Ngankarrparni is an excellent example of this as aboriginal chanting is overlaid by dhobro, strings and vocals by the Blind Boys of Alabama.
If I had any complaint about this album, it's that Peter Gabriel did it again. But this is tempered by the fact that this is only the second soundtrack Gabriel has done like this and that, honestly, I'd rather hear Gabriel noodling around with world beats than most other artists who set out to compose with a mission in mind.
I find that I get lost to this music, losing track of time as it plays in the background. The simplest review? If you liked Passion, you'll like this. Simple.
The music is a combination of elements from his previous efforts. Due to the film's subject matter, the music is darker in tone like the "Birdy" score, but is still rooted in aboriginal and Australian culture, bringing to mind the moody droning passages of "Passion", the album of music from his score to "The Last Temptation of Christ." It's a hypnotic blend of synthesized and natural instrumentation, with recorded birds providing atmosphere and melody on several tracks. "Ngankarrparni" and "Cloudless" feature the Blind Boys of Alabama and Ningali & Myarn Lawford on gospel and chanting vocals respectively, the latter not unlike something found on a Dead Can Dance recording. (Mr. Gabriel only has minor vocal effects on 3 tracks, as there are no 'songs' on this CD.)
While not as immediately arresting as "Passion", the music is still beautiful and interresting, and will be enjoyed by fans of that album and Gabriel's work overall until his new album is released later this year. More information can be found on his website at petergabriel.com.
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Received in a very timely manner. The theme sounds were great. What I had expected from watching the movie "Rabbit-Proof Fence". Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by enviro63
Usually if Peter Gabriel has a CD and I hear one song I like from it, there are many more to accompany it. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Grant Hale
'Long Walk Home' is the beautiful, atmospheric soundtrack to Rabbit Proof Fence as composed by Peter Gabriel. Read morePublished on February 12, 2011 by Spider Monkey
Having seen the movie Rabbit Proof Fence several times, I decided to purchase the soundtrack. Peter Gabriel's music poignantly expresses the compelling saga of the capture and... Read morePublished on June 15, 2010 by Nelle Mercer
Peter Gabriel has scored a total of three films during a musical career spanning four decades. That kind of prudence certainly pays off in the mesmerizing sonic landscape of "Long... Read morePublished on April 13, 2010 by Jonathan Newton
A great soundtrack, one that doesn't follow the beaten path for the genre. Peter Gabriel creates a mood, very important for a film like Rabbit Proof Fence. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by T. Trinchera
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