A Brokedown Melody Soundtrack
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The Brokedown Melody soundtrack includes 2 new tracks from Johnson as well as an alternate version of the track ''Breakdown''. The original version of this track was included on his multi-platinum release In Between Dreams and was written while traveling to Chile to surf with his childhood hero Gerry Lopez for the film. In addition to the unreleased material from Jack Johnson, an eclectic lineup of musicians was enlisted to provide a narrative for the visual journey that takes the viewer from Jamaica, to the outer Islands of Indonesia, to deep Mexico and all the way down to the bottom of Chile. Highlights include an unreleased song by Eddie Vedder, new music from Matt Costa and tracks from Kings of Convenience, The Beta Band, M. Ward, Doug Martsch and many others.
It's up to wave-riding moviegoers to determine whether A Broke Down Melody is its generation's Endless Summer; but as of the release of this soundtrack, one thing's for certain: nobody's making cooler, more chilled-out surf records than Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records. A Broke Down Melody tours the world's coasts and collects accessible tunes that could technically fit in a bunch of genres, whether folk, world, indie rock, or reggae. The thing is, they all adhere to a vibe: Johnson might as well be leading listeners by the hand into his own private village, one where friends make music all around and all it takes to get a sampling is a soft knock on the next grass-hut door. Standouts include the Johnson originals, but it's easy to fall leash-over-longboard in love with some of the lesser-known artists--Johnny Osbourne's "We Need Love" is Bob Marley bright, Matt Costa's two contributions call him out as a major talent, and "Know How," a jaunty little groove by Kings of Convenience, is enlivened by an appearance by the indie darling Feist. Fuzzy, vintage-style photos collected in the liner notes up the appeal; way to wear a wetsuit, Jack. --Tammy La Gorce
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For some reason the Vedder song just blows me away in how great a song it is and how simple a song it is.
Most notable on this particular soundtrack are the "film version" of "Breakdown" (which sounds more-or-less the same as it does on Johnson's "In Between Dreams" album, perhaps with a slightly faster, upbeat tempo), and Eddie Vedder backed by a ukulele on "Goodbye."
Of all his friends and musical colleagues, Johnson remains the most consistent in terms of creating superior melodies. But the musical diversity of this album keeps it just alive enough to feel somehow fresh and enjoyable, despite the fact that these soundtracks to Johnson's surf films are all beginning to sound a little too similar.
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