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Life Of David Gale [Enhanced, Soundtrack]

Alex Parker , Jake Parker Audio CD
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1. Another Bleeding Heart - Alex Parker
2. Almost Martyrs
3. Ominous Lacan
4. Ellis (Waterside Dub Mix) - Alex Parker
5. Pascal/Shack 2 Cell/Ominous Lacan
6. La Pena Huasteca - Correo Aereo
7. The Life Of David Gale
8. Arrest/Bitsey Runs/Hospital
9. Huntsville Epitaph
10. Media Frenzy - Alex Parker
11. Motel/Houston
12. Just To Hear Your Voice - Toni Price
13. Ominous Drums/Ominous Pascal
14. Waterside - Alex Parker
15. Dusty's Cabin/Almost Martyrs
16. Tu Che Di Gel Sei Centa - Puccini

Product Description


While Hollywood's penchant for unbridled nepotism has produced its share of questionable career results, we're happy to report that this soundtrack collaboration by Alex and Jake Parker for their director father Alan Parker's morally charged courtroom thriller is a notable exception. The two young composers combine their disparate backgrounds--Alex is an engineer versed in electronic studio compositions; Jake a classically trained orchestral composer--to create a diverse score that's a compelling argument for the stylistic freedoms imparted by postmodernism. Alex's work veers from the alterna-electronica of the opening "Another Bleeding Heart" (reminiscent of Alabama 3's Sopranos title song, "Woke Up This Morning") and the even darker "Waterside" to dense electronic soundscapes propelled by tribal drums and punctuated with jarring, abrasive samples. By contrast, Jake evokes Samuel Barber in his melancholy, string-driven cues, occasionally combining his traditionalism with his brother's contemporary electronic bent to evoke music that's as forceful as it is mysterious. Their savvy musical instincts also include source music that ranges from Puccini's Turandot to the contemporary country of Toni Price's "Just to Hear Your Voice" and the plaintive Latino folk flourishes of Correo Aereo's "La Pena Huasteca." This enhanced CD also contains the film's international trailer as well as Web links. --Jerry McCulley

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5.0 out of 5 stars simple yet powerful Dec 18 2003
By Sarah
Format:Audio CD
i just watched the movie, and i was so impressed. the music helped it along very well. although seemingly redundant, there was a successful purpose to it. the simplicity of the music is key in the relationship to the film. if the music was too active, it might've distracted the audience from the movie and wouldn't have had the same effect. the beat to me seemed like a rhythmic heartbeat, which helped the mood of the movie, given this man is on deathrow, and there's only a short amount of time left. coupling of music to films is an art for me, and i loved this one. i recommend it for anyone who loves simple, yet effective beats, and violins (my all-time favorite instrument).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Harming! March 27 2003
By Anna
Format:Audio CD
Dear Mr. Parker,
if ANYthing did the "Life of David Gale" harm - apart from a script/story which is, unfortunately, too disbelievable for words - it is your 'kitsch'music!
WHY, oh why, did you think you had to 'over-stress' feelings that the film-lover's mind feels anywhy?! Less (orchestrated, Mahler-like stuff) would, in this case, have been SO much more! (Have you ever come across the music of the wonderful Alfred Schnittke?)
Luckily, wonderful actors and actresses were involved - and saved, so to speak, the scene.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good but missing the best song in the film Feb. 22 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The score to this Kevin Spacey thriller is pretty good mix of strings and electronica. But the soundtrack CD lacks the best song in the movie. Grand Champeen's "Cottonmouth" is the driving rock tune that is playing during David Gale's racy encounter with a co-ed. Check out their disc - Battle Cry For Help - for the track.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I loved the flick April 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
but the CD soundtrack by itself is a major disappointment. a common thread of beat and sound links all the tracks with one drum and one cello. After a few go-rounds, it becomes grating and tiresome. I would pass on this soundtrack and wait for the DVD for a few more dollars.
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