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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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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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
When you're alone in the dark, thinking in a solemn way, this might be the best album you could choose to listen to. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by jeff
This nice pure cd has all the qualities of a great hit. i especially enjoy number two. if you don't know what it is then maybe you should buy the stinking cd ok , and no i don not... Read morePublished on March 31 2004
Aimee Mann is an incredible singer. Her music can move you to tears as easily as it soothes you to sleep. Even Radiohead doesn't match her in my eyes. She is Number One.Published on Jan. 15 2004
This was an wonderfully unexpected surprise - i bought the album because I dug the song "Wise Up" (played during a pivotal scene in the film), and it turned out to be one... Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003
While technically a soundtrack, this is really an Aimee Mann record - ten of the thirteen tracks are hers - and it is her best. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003 by P. F. Rose
I think this is soundtrack is my favorite of all of Aimee Mann's work. From the cover of "One" to some absolutely brilliant and memorable tracks like "Save Me,"... Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2003 by Ian Robert Hrabe
"Now that I've met you/would you object to/never meeting each other again". Opening lines don't get much better than that one from "Deathly". Read morePublished on May 14 2003 by roastbeefalo
How did Supertramp get on this clever album?!?! And Gabrielle with "Dreams"??? Didn't she release the song nearly 10 years prior? Read morePublished on May 6 2003 by Melanie Hawthorne
"Now that I've met you/would you object to/never meeting each other again". Opening lines don't get much better than that one from "Deathly". Read morePublished on April 14 2003