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Frida Music From The Motion [Enhanced, Soundtrack]

Elliot Goldenthal Audio CD
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1. Benediction and Dream
2. The Floating Bed
3. El Conejo
4. Paloma Negra
5. Self-Portrait with Hair Down
6. Alcoba Azul
7. Carabina 30/30
8. Solo Tu
9. El Gusto
10. The Journey
11. El Antifaz
12. The Suicide of Dorothy Hale
13. La Cavalera
14. La Bruja
15. Portrait of Lude
16. La Llorona
17. Estrella Oscura
18. Still Life
19. Viva La Vida
20. The Departure
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She was famous as both artist and model, infamous as political revolutionary and social libertine, and Frida Kahlo's controversial life couldn't help but seem the stuff of great musical theater. Her story is brought to the screen by director Julie Taymor, whose musical compatriot here is also her husband; Elliot Goldenthal, student of both Copland and Corigliani, shrewdly sublimates his modernism in service of the rich, evocative music and songs of Mexico and Central America. Utilizing performers that range from the contemporary (Lila Downs) to the folk-classic (Costa Rican legend Chavela Vargas; Brazilian star Caetano Veloso) and traditional (Los Cojolites, El Poder Del Norte, Trio Huasteca, Caimanes de Tanquin, and others), Goldenthal generously displays the true breadth of Mexican folk music, while seamlessly infusing it with the minimalist corners of his own underscore and some winning songwriting of his own. The result is one of 2002's most compelling soundtracks. The enhanced CD features include musical film excerpts, as well as a video conversation between Goldenthal and star Salma Hayek and text interviews with the composer and director Taymor. --Jerry McCulley

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Besides being an excellent soundtrack, this album is also a perfect introduction to the music of Mexico. People generally associate the polka-influenced "nortena" and "ranchera por accordeon" with traditional Mexican music; although these styles are native to the country, they are neither the oldest nor the only examples of Mexico's rich musical heritage. Indeed, guitars are the dominant instruments in the score for the movie Frida, with careful attention being paid to the Spanish-influenced melodies found in most styles of Mexican music. "The Floating Bed" combines marimbas, various guitars, and piano to create a uniquely Mexican atmosphere. I cannot think of a bad track; this album is excellent! The soundtrack to Frida is a pleasurable listen all the way through, from the joyful "El Conejo" to the haunting and riveting tango "Alcoba Azul," and many others as well. Lila Downs makes a superb appearance with her haunting and powerful voice, particularly with the introductory "Benediction and Dream" and the duet with Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso, "Burn it Blue." Most of the melodies have a certain haunting quality which is common to Mexican music as well as latin music in general. The song "Alcoba Azul" is a tango, a musical style and dance native to Argentina; however, the extensive use of guitars adds a distinctly Mexican flavor which enhances the mood quite well. Actor Salma Hayek does a surprisingly remarkable job of singing on "La Bruja," exposing a hidden talent that works in her favor. The soundtrack to Frida proves that traditional Mexican music may be obscure, but it is definitely not dead. It makes a great addition to any CD collection, particularly for those interested in Latin music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Song El Gusto April 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
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Whenever I think about someone writing songs about their hometown or a place they love I can't help but think of Frank Sinatra's New York New York, but, obviously El Gusto is different in many ways. I chose El Gusto because it not only represented a cultural difference in music, but it also, wonderfully, expresses the singer's love for their land, the Huasteca.
The most distinctive part of the song, is the singing. I really liked the use of the high pitched voice in the background. The voice adds a lot to the music by giving the song a more passionate feeling; a helpful tool when expressing something as strong as a love for one's homeland.
Another interesting part of the song, which is a common in theme in music throughout the Hispanic world, is the way they describe the Huasteca as a woman. Using words like "Por sus bellas serranias" (Especially for her beautiful mountainous country), they really make you see and feel what it must be like to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
The music, itself, is simple. The guitar sounds crude and rough (kind of like a cheap nylon) and the violin is played almost like a fiddle in an old country song, but it works well. The music is like a breath of fresh air in the sense that it allows one to feel free of shame or care. It is this crude sound that allows one to "not care whether you can sing or not". The music, is all about love and happiness, something which is hard to come by in many of today's modern songs.
Overall, I chose this song because it was the most enjoyable of all the traditional music that I listened to. After listening to El Gusto, I could really see myself, in another time, maybe being a street player, as these men are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Frida ! April 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are musical soundtracks that are lost in celluloid after the movie experience is over and than there are soundtracks like this. The music recreates the movie experience and has a life of it's own with this soundtrack. Beginning with the opening track by Lila Downs, her of the uncannny resemblance to Frida and three octave range, "Benediction and Dream," the listener is transported on a magical musical journey to a far away land close to your heart and soul. The lovely Lila Downs performs several other tracks including "Alcoba Azul "( The Blue Room") from the memorable tango scene between Tina Mondotti and Frida, a brief incantation on "Estrella Oscura" ( "Dark Star"), the haunting Mariachi version of "La Llorona"( "The Weeping Woman") and the fiery melodic finale duet with Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso entitled "Burn it Blue" ("Quememos La En Azul"). Selma Hayek also lends her vocal talents to a rambuntious version of "La Bruja"( "The Witch") that is great. There are so many good songs that all cannot be mentioned . It would be wrong to not mention the eerie version of "La Llorona" by the legendary Chavela Vargas as it is superb. There are excellent huapangos, trios and just pure musical genius composed by award winner Elliot Goldenthal that you will enjoy. You will love this festive, at times melancholic, at other times dreamy variety of Mexican folkloric music. Besides the fantasic music an additional bonus is the fact that this CD is enhanced for your viewing and listening pleasure on your computer. The enhaced features are very cool. The booklet is also very nice with pictures from the movie and complete bilingual lyrics to all the music. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just great.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Dickie
2.0 out of 5 stars Frida Music
It wasn't what I was looking for in guitar music - I ordered hoping it was, others may just like it
and enjoy listening.....the movie itself I saw ages ago was o.k. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Maisie Katt
3.0 out of 5 stars hmm, not what you'd expect...
Of course Goldenthal would win accolades for a film score which is pretty atypical for his body of work. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is a great soundtrack. The tracks are dynamic and energetic, perfect for any day (or night). Would highly recomend for any lover of latin music. Very beautiful.
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by C. Cortino
5.0 out of 5 stars would stand out even without the film
Soundtracks are usually mood music, and would not stand out without attachment to images of their film.This music would stand out anyway. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by Ulven
5.0 out of 5 stars WOOOWWWWW BUY IT!!!!!
The entire CD is amazing. So passionate, it pains. The very last track, Burning Bed, sung by Caetano Veloso and Lila Downs is just so beautiful and what a way to end an album! Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2003 by patagoniac57
5.0 out of 5 stars A life of it's own
While this award winning score exists on one level in a symbiotic relationship with the film (also HIGHLY recommended), this album stands on it's own beautifully. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003 by RICHARD THOMAS
4.0 out of 5 stars A Deserving Oscar Winner
Although I am a huge fan of Philip Glass' work, and I was very disappointed that his score for _The Hours_ did not win an Oscar, Eliot Goldenthal's score is a worthy competitor. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2003 by William Nicholas III
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Mexico
What a wonderful CD. I was pleasantly surprised by the music. Sometimes soundtracks sound so...soundtracky. This one is different, it makes me think of Mexico. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD...
I just watched the Frida movie and it was great. But what was even greater was the music.
I painted all day today listening to it on constant rotation. Read more
Published on July 6 2003
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