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Talk to Her Soundtrack

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Continuing the rewarding collaboration begun on 1995's The Flower of My Secret, composer Alberto Iglesias infuses director Pedro Almodóvar's 2002 meditation on love, obsession, and loss with a score of quiet, sophisticated grace. It ranges from the evocative Spanish guitar, violin, and vocal flourishes of "Hable con Ella" (showcasing contemporary flamenco stars Vincente Amigo and El Pele) and Brazilian vocalist Caetano Veloso's gorgeously spare rendition of the international hit "Cucurrucucu Paloma" to the Latin classicism of Ellis Regina and Tom Jobim's "Por Toda a Minha Vida" and a slate of moody string-driven, autumnal orchestral cues. The eight-minute "El Amante Menguante" for string quartet features compelling, almost playful modern flourishes while tracks like "Trincheras/Decadence" and the tense "A Portagayola" suggest a rewarding Spanish take on Hitchcockian romance and suspense. That it all meshes almost seamlessly with Purcell's closing "The Plaint: O Let Me Weep" is ample testimony to the transnational flavor and ever-subtle mastery Iglesias brings to bear here. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sabana Santa
  2. Hable Con Ella
  3. Cucurrucucz Paloma
  4. El Grito
  5. Por Toda a Minha Vida
  6. La Mesita de Noche
  7. Jordania
  8. El Amante Menguante
  9. Maria Santmsima de Araceli
  10. La Noche y el Viento
  11. Trincheras/Decadance
  12. Habitacion de Alicia
  13. A Portagayola
  14. La Discusisn Viaja en Coche
  15. Alicia Vive
  16. Los Olivos
  17. Amancecer Agitato
  18. Soy Marco
  19. Raquel by Bau
  20. The Plaint: O Let Me Weep, For Ever Weep


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Milan Records
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006YXEA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Hey, I was as surprised as anyone else to see Caetano pop out of nowhere in this creepy-but-classy Pedro Almodovar film... and his version of "Cucurrucucu Paloma" is as charming and transcendent a performance as you could ever ask for. Okay, so now a bunch of people are wondering which Caetano albums to buy that sound similar in tone to that song. Of the top of my head, I'd recommend acoustically-oriented records such as 1975's "Coisa" and "Joia," and particularly the more recent European concert album, "Omaggio A Federico E Guilietta," which features Caetano playing with pretty much the same ensemble as seen in the film, and has the same subtle cultural spendor. It also features avant-pop cellist Jacques Morelenbaum, who has been Caetano's bandleader for the last decade or so. They're certainly all favorites of mine.
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This is the best original score I have heard in a while for one of the best movies I have seen recently. The music is haunting, pensive, beautiful, and more, and sets the tone perfectly for the themes and issues in the movie. Caetano Veloso's performance is stunning in the movie, and the song sounds not quite, but almost, as beautiful here without the accompanying visual. Talk To Her evokes a singular tone and feeling for its audience, and now that I have heard the soundtrack on its own, I realize that Almodovar owes much to his composer, Iglesias, in this regard.
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Alberto Iglesias' soundtrack for Pedro Almodovar's "Talk to Her" is as compelling a piece of 21st Century Spanish Classical music and languid sensuality as the film itself. Almodovar has a unique tack on making films, and this one is a visual stunner that is intensely augmented by this beautiful and stirring soundtrack.
The orchestral pieces evoke the dramas, the comedies and the dances of this movie. The ballet of modern dancers, of a woman fighting bulls, of a young dancer practicing her steps as the two protoagonists stumble through their efforts to reach beyond their limits they impose on their lives are all evocatively drawn out in this remarkable music that often reminds me of Revoueltas. And the stunner in the film is Caetano Veloso delivering "Cucurrucucu Paloma" seaside in a Cafe with a brilliantly subtle group of accompaniests. I think this is my favourite 4 minutes of film in all the movies I have ever seen.
There is drama, comedy, and as one might expect with Almodovar, the bizarre. The film is a triumph and the music is just the right ingredient to heighten deepen and accentuate the flavours of this remarkable work. Buy the disc, see the movie. It's great.
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Most film music is only written to underscore a scene, set the mood or raise tensions. It is the poor stepchild of films. Yet some film directors realize that music can make or break their film. Pedro Almodovar is one of these. He is a traditionalist, a formalist director whose ideas about the importance of Music in Film he shares with the directors of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Alberto Iglesias has composed the lions share of the music for "Talk to Her" that not only plays an integral part of the film in which it is featured but can stand alone on it's own merits as emotional and beautiful and of course evocative of the filmed images of Almodovar's breathtaking film.
One of the most awe-inspiring Musical interludes in any film in recent memory is included here: Gaetano Veloso's studio recording of "Cucurrucucu Paloma." It is excellent of course but the live version from the film would have been preferable.
Put this CD on, open a bottle of Allende Rioja Reserva, slice some Chorizo and Manchego and immerse yourself in the glories of Iglesias's music.
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Alberto Iglesias' music very much constitutes part of the soul of all recent movies by Spanish genius Pedro Almodovar. But in "Talk To Her" Iglesias simply pushed the envelope to new levels of lyrical beauty. When you listen to the album, not only can you perfectly relive moments of the movie. You also wonder if some of the scenes in it would have had the same life in them, had they not contained a piece of this emotionally charged score. His work is that powerful and touching.

Those already acquainted with Iglesias' music will find the work of Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi equally refreshing, in particular his scores for the movies "2046" and "House of Flying Daggers". Those new to Iglesias are bound to fall in love with his music when they listen to "Talk To Her", easily his best album and one of the best scores in a very long time.
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This soundtrack has a great mix of different styles, courtesy of Alberto Iglesias and such well known artists as Caetano Veloso and Vicente Amigo.
In addition to just great music, the tracks really take you back to the specific scenes in the movie from which they are taken. For instance "El Amante Menguante" immediate took my mind back to that crazy (but strangely appropriate) shrinking lover silent film. Also, "The Plaint: O Let Me Weep", For Ever Weep" brought back the opening scene perfectly (a little strange that they stuck it at the end of the soundtrack)
The title track by Vicente Amigo and El Pele is amazing - it's almost painful to hear the "duende" in El Pele's voice.
I definitely recommend it.
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