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Magnolia Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Dec 7 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Reprise
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • ASIN: B00003A9NN
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 190 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. One
2. Momentum
3. Build That Wall
4. Deathly
5. Driving Sideways
6. You Do
7. Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental)
8. Wise Up
9. Save Me
10. Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp
11. Logical Song - Supertramp
12. Dreams - Gabrielle
13. Magnolia - Jon Brion

Product Description

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The powerful and provocative new film from Boogie Nights writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson is Magnolia, a drama starring William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, Jason Robards and Tom Cruise. The soundtrack album features eight new songs from critically acclaimed and often provocative singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, including the first single, "Save Me." Also featured are two Supertramp '70s hits and Mann's cover of Three Dog Night's '60s classic "One." Certified Gold by the RIAA. (2/01)


The much anticipated follow-up to Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, Magnolia features a specially orchestrated soundtrack, largely written and performed by Aimee Mann ('Til Tuesday member and sadly overlooked solo artist). Mann's voice has always been a suitable vehicle for conveying emotional turmoil and indelible sadness, and several tracks here ("Build That Wall", "You Do", "Driving Sideways") do so with the rich melodicism that informs her best work. Producer Jon Brion's sprightly horn arrangements for "Momentum" are an unexpected (though not completely unwelcome) splash of cold water. Only Mann's cover of the Harry Nilsson-penned Three Dog Night hit "One" backfires, as it simply doesn't deliver the same effective climax as the original. The two Supertramp tracks from their Breakfast in America LP tacked on at album's end are incongruous; but for anyone with an interest in Mann's melodic song writing, there are eight worthy originals waiting for you. --Rob O'Connor

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Format: Audio CD
Trust me, you'll need a black magic marker. I'll explain in a minute.
Overall, this isn't Aimee's best collection of songs, but it does feature two must-have songs: "Deathly" and "Save Me". Many of the other selections are a bit of a departure from her style, and they come across as a frolic--swing beats, jazz motifs, bubble-gum pop, etc.--to be taken as a bit of tongue-in-cheek. As several reviewers have pointed out, the themes are depressing. Duh. In the liner notes, it's said that the entire Magnolia film was built around the rather nihilistic Aimee lyric: "Now that I've found you, would you object to never seeing each other again?" Personally, I love it.
About the magic marker...
Before you put in the CD, take a fat magic marker and draw a 1 centimeter line from the inside (hub) of the disc radially outward. This will effectively delete the four last songs so that you never have to endure them. They weren't written by Aimee, and they have no business being on this compilation at all.
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Format: Audio CD
Now that I've met you
Would you object to
Never seeing each other again?
These opening words of the song "Deathly" (track 4 on the album) inspired writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson to pen the multi-character drama Magnolia. It was his idea, being a fan of Aimee Mann, to adapt her music for the screen. Therefore, what better soundtrack to the film than to have nine Aimee Mann songs (with a few others)?
If most of the songs didn't overlap with others of her albums, this would just as well be a new Aimee Mann album, because it has showcased her sharp songwriting abilities to a whole new audience, resulting in an Academy Award nomination for "Save Me," written especially for the film. The CD begins--appropriately, as it plays over the opening credits--with Mann's cover of the Harry Nilsson track "One," which was previously a huge hit for Three Dog Night in the '70's, but to which Mann adds her own special pained touch.
Next is an unconventional rocker, "Momentum," but then the album slows down considerably with "Build that Wall," "Deathly," and others, before getting back into familiar territory. One of the most memorable scenes in the film is the "music video" stylings of Anderson having all his characters sing "Wise Up." Relive that moment by singing along yourself to track 8, then go right into "Save Me."
Also featured on the Magnolia soundtrack are Supertramp, who chime in with two of their big hits: "Goodbye, Stranger" and "The Logical Song" (a personal favorite) and ends with Gabrielle and Jon Brion showing their particular gifts. The album is not as cohesive as a normal studio album, or, for that matter, Anderson's soundtracks to Boogie Nights, but as a collection of songs, or an introduction to Aimee Mann, this soundtrack is hard to beat.
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Format: Audio CD
When I heard "Save Me" for the first time, I was blown away. I had no idea it was Aimee Mann from 'Til Tuesday. Obviously she was the music industry's best kept secret (but its really commercial pop and top 40 radio that is to blame)in 2000, and I was glad this album got the acclaim that it did. Aimee is such a great songwriter with an amazing, forlorn voice. She convinces you she can feel your pain. "One" is good, but no offense to Aimee, I've never liked anyone's cover of this song. Its just one of those songs no one can touch. Still, its an earnest effort. Each song is a story-Mann questions the possibilities of relationships and offers up her take on life without being too preachy (are you listening Lauryn Hill, Jewel?)If you're looking for fresh female empowerment, look no further than this one. I also like "Logical Song" by Supertramp, but I don't think theirs and Gabrielle's mid-90s dance hit "Dreams" belonged on here. I think Aimee should have owned the whole track list. But they each have nice qualities, so what can you do? Its a great soundtrack to add to your collection.
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Aimee Mann, the singer-songwriter, and former frontwoman of Til' Tuesday has a good songwriting voice that has earned her a faithful following, including that of film director Paul Thomas Anderson. Anderson found her music so inspirational and similar in scope to the theme of his then upcoming project, Magnolia that he acquired her to write and record 7 new songs for the film and 1 cover, "One" to set his scenes to. The result was Magnolia, a film that features perhaps one of the most groundbreaking uses of music in film in recent memory, and not just the "Wise Up" singalong that connected every main character in the movie, but let's not forget Claudia Wilson Gator's apartment-building jam of the frenzied masterpiece, "Momentum" whose loud, tortured musings about life in the fast lane not only played in the background to accentuate her chaotic lifestyle as an addict, but involved itself in the story as a major plot point, as without its excessive volume, Officer Jim Kerring would have never knocked on the door about that noise complaint. Or the ending of the film with "Save Me" which seems to sum up Claudia's character without distracting from the moment or being too obvious of a parallel. Without the Aimee Mann songs, the movie, especially the Claudia storyline, would be incomplete, and henceforth, I'm afraid to say, the songs are incomplete without the movie. It's telling that the most successful examples from the soundtrack are songs that directly correlate with scenes from the movie, such as "Momentum," "Save Me," "Wise Up" and "One." The only song that's entirely successful that isn't instantly recognizable from the film is "Build That Wall" a pleasant, airy song with darker undertones, which renders serene yet quietly resonant results.Read more ›
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