- Audio CD (January 22, 2002)
- Original Release Date: February 8, 2002
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Compendia
- Run Time: 111 minutes
- ASIN: B000060OJA
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The 12 Ashe and Spencer tracks on the CD are wonderful, with layers of shifting sound, drones, marimba, guitar, piano, occasional rhythms of percussion, all evoking gentle three-dimensional spaces. At first I was disappointed that the CD ends with four tracks of pop songs (country, country-rock, and R&B), but after several listenings, I now believe the somewhat mournful character of them flows naturally out of the electronic tracks. The shift to singing voices and more conventional instrumentation becomes a welcome alternative, and you realize that the isolation, yearning, and private sorrows portrayed by the film and reflected in the electronic tracks also underlie the last tracks as well. They are all of a piece after all.
I recommend this CD for lovers of ambient, "space" music, who also enjoy the sound of country music, and can understand that marginal aural world where they flow into each other.
...There are actually three more songs on the cd -- 14. Red Meat "Broken Up and Blue" (which is what the orchestra played when Halle Berry won Best Actress), 15. Jimmie Dale Gilmore "Your Love is My Rest", and 16. Jean Wells "I Couldn't Love You (More Than I Do Now).
All in all, it's a smart soundtrack. All the songs go together well -- even the more country numbers with the more atmospheric material. If you liked the movie, this soundtrack is an excellent complement.
My only complaint about this dreamy and beguilingly simple soundtrack ambient score is that I wish it was ten times as long.
The closest thing I can compare this score to is David Sylvian's 1988 "Gone to Earth", that is, the two sides of the four devoted to ambient (with Robert Fripp on guitar). I'd be very shocked if these guys weren't fans of that album. It also interpolates some of the better moments from Brian Eno's "Apollo" score, and his "Plateaux of Mirror" with Harold Budd from 1982.
I hope Asche and Spence do some more scores and offshoot LPs. Most electronic scores are only of vague interest to me, i.e. Thomas Newman's work remains unengaging, except for his cues for 1991's wild-weird "The Rapture", and Martinez' washes for "Traffic" were only saved by Soderbergh's inclusion of a cut by Eno from "Apollo."
Yes, their progressions are simplistic (as one reviewer carped below), but for lack of better terminology, this is altered-state medicine, i.e. 'drug music', and the great thing is that it provokes altered states without the need or use of self-medication.
Slip this in the player and drive down the Interstate at 3 AM. You will worship your divine alone-ness.
Addendum: Just looked them up on the internet. WOW. Had no idea.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this on a whim from reading others' reviews about it. I love ambient music, and this is a really fine example of that. The last 4 tracks are *not* ambient... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Susan C. Parlier
When I saw this movie, I remarked to my friend how unusual the music was for a film score. Usually instrumental scores are much too dramatic for at-home listening, but this is... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Ezra David Haith
I have been in love with this soundtrack for years. It is haunting, mesmerizing, and beautiful all at the same time. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Natalie Hoover
A subdued score that clings to the soul with a lingering and misty melancoly; music which consoles in a way that wants to unlock a warm, rainy might in your heart where abandoned... Read morePublished on March 6, 2010 by Mike Sturak
I like to listen to music while I read and write, nothing too "jarring" or distracting, mostly modern Classical music, instrumental jazz, that sort of thing, and so I knew from... Read morePublished on October 6, 2009 by William R.
It's difficult to imagine that so much work (from a "composer's collective") could yield so little. Monotonous, interminable walls of sound without melody abound. Read morePublished on November 10, 2004 by ElKabong
Really couldn't come up with any other way to describe this soundtrack. Though I must it enough the ethereal purely instrumental tracks may just have you in tears. Read morePublished on April 29, 2003 by Sal Paradise
amazing music. this souldtrack would be PERFECT if it weren't for the non score tracks at the end. it should all be asche & spencer. Read morePublished on January 15, 2003 by Sir