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Magnolia Soundtrack


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Product Details

  • 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  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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By jeff on June 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
When you're alone in the dark, thinking in a solemn way, this might be the best album you could choose to listen to. Aimee Mann defines the music that is listened to by those of us who love the sad song. She is truely the bomb.
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By A Customer on April 1 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 work for her record companie i just enjoy the songs. well i have to go caueses i ma goig otj og listen to her. jso by
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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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By A Customer on Jan. 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
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By "summitaih" on Dec 2 2003
Format: Audio CD
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 of those rare CD's that never leaves my changer. Mann has a beautiful voice, and her lyrics are both very simple and very poignant ("Driving Sideways" and "Save Me" are two of my favorites). Her cover of "One" sounds haunting, giving it an emotional depth that isn't present in the original. The four non-Aimee Mann songs aren't incredible - her songs are, however, and the first nine tracks make this album a must-buy.
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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
While technically a soundtrack, this is really an Aimee Mann record - ten of the thirteen tracks are hers - and it is her best. The former 'Til Tuesday lead singer can be a tad cute sometimes, but this record contains four of the best songs ever written - Driving Sideways, You Do, Wise Up and Save Me - songs director Paul Thomas Anderson built the movie around. Their exquisite tragicness is moving and beautiful. I almost never quote lyrics in trying to explain the appeal of an album, because they rarely work in print the way they do when sung, but just take a look at this line from You Do: "The sex you're trading up for what you hope is love, is just another thing that he'll be careless of." Does it get better? I find it hard to listen to You Do or Wise Up without getting choked up. Every time. But I keep doing it.
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Format: Audio CD
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," "Momentum," and "Deathly," Ummm, I love it. Even though the movie is a bit flawed, the soundtrack is fantastic, get it.
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