Around the corner from the arrival of Pedro Almodovar's latest movie "La Mala Educacion" (The Bad Education), the time seems appropriate to revisit the music that accompanied him during the writing of "Talk to Her", contained in this compilation appropriately titled "Viva La Tristeza" (Long Live Sadness).
From the opening bars of Shirley Horn's infinitely sad opener ("because love is the saddest thing when it goes away..."), [hypnotic] tunes blend with outright melancholic music segments in many different languages and an assortment of musical styles resulting in an overall eclectic album that borders a sad cliff without ever walking over. How else can you cheer for sadness? Only music capable of feeding Almodovar's muses can take on such a delicate task.
on December 14, 2006
What more can I add to what people have already said about this album?
Overall an excellent selection of music. Likely a must for any audio collection ... and perhaps a source of inspiration for those who can trully sink into this compilation.
I'm very glad to have gotten it, despite hoping to get the actual soundtrack instead. No regrets whatsoever!
I will eventually also get the soundtrack also; too much beautiful music there too.
on August 28, 2008
Nobody else could put together in a compilation to Nina Simone, Goldfrapp, Chavela Vargas and Jimmy Scott, like Almodovar did.
Everytime you watch one of his movies you perceive that sensibility that involves each one of his projects.
This is not the exception...properly called VIVA LA TRISTEZA, it makes you feel sad...but pleasantly sad! Listening to Jimmy Scott singing that wonderful version of Nothing Compares 2 U is a feast!
He chose the best of the best for those reflexive moments each human being needs (sitting on your favourite couch, drinking a hot tea or a glass of wine, putting ideas in order, getting strength from somewhere...) I really loved this compilation, and hope each one of you have this album. Is a great gift for your soul
on January 23, 2006
Pedro the Libra always has good music in his films, and now he's released of compilation of what he listen to while writing the films. Why not? I love Pedro's mind, and there is some standout stuff here! Just to have new copies of Goldfrapp's "Paper Bag" and Nina Simone's rollicking "My Way" is worth the purchase.
Rarely do I get compilations (I mean, I can make most of them better), but this one is fab.
on February 3, 2006
Great album, but Jimmy Scott's version of "nothing compares 2 u" is in my opinion the best version of the song and my favorite. Unfortunately my girlfriend caught me listening and I wasn't holding any tears back. She started to cry as well. It's one of the few songs that can make me cry, feeling happy and sad at the same time.