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Artistes: Various & Elliot Goldenthal
Release Date: June 30, 2009



Ten Million Slaves - Otis Taylor
Chicago Shake - The Bruce Fowler Big Band
Drive To Bohemia - Elliot Goldenthal
Love Me Or Leave Me - Billie Holiday
Billie's Arrest - Elliot Goldenthal
Am I Blue? - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
Love In The Dunes - Elliot Goldenthal
Bye Bye Blackbird - Diana Krall
Phone Call To Billie - Elliot Goldenthal
Nasty Letter - Otis Taylor
Plane To Chicago - Elliot Goldenthal
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah - Indian Bottom Association Old Regular Baptists
Gold Coast Restaurant - Elliot Goldenthal
The Man I Love - Billie Holiday
JD Dies - Elliot Goldenthal
Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground - Blind Willie Johnson


Academy Award composer Elliot Goldenthal is a man of diversity. He has scored a lyrically exciting music journey for 2001’s Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (many would say the soundtrack was the best thing about the CGI movie). He has taken home an Oscar for his artistically accessible score for 2002’s Frida directed by his spouse Julie Taymor. They again collaborated for 2007’s Across The Universe, bringing the music of The Beatles alive with Goldenthal’s exquisite score. And in his latest effort with director Michael Mann, his task is to exemplify the moods and atmospheres of the Depression era.

In this 47 minute soundtrack album, we get to hear six tracks composed by Goldenthal. “Drive To Bohemia” is a repressed composition that paints a dark and gloomy picture of the movie, “Billie’s Arrest” begins solemnly before culminating in a dramatic finale which accentuates on a tragic note, “Love in the Dunes” is the gentlest track on the album, while the memorable “JD Dies” is a grave composition that sums up legendary outlaw John Dillinger’s (played in the movie by the loveable Johnny Depp) life story somberly.

Interspersed between these refined score tracks are eight other songs performed by renowned blues and jazz musicians. The most prominent of the lot has to be Diana Krall’s soulful rendition of the hypnotic “Bye Bye Blackbird”. For something more macho, you can access the opening track “Ten Million Slaves” performed by African American multi instrumentalist Otis Taylor. Another important musician featured on the album is American singer songwriter Billie Holiday (nicknamed Lady Day by her loyal friend and musical partner Lester Young). For some quieter moments to reflect about love, listen to her croon “Love Me Or Leave Me”. “Am I Blue?” and “The Man I Love”.

This refined soundtrack album is not as rugged as the movie – while it may not please listeners who want their music in the memorably wham bham boom style, it is perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon for chilling out at home.


Recommended Track: (15) JD Dies – Elliot Goldenthal

Review by John Li

Posted on 10 August 2009


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