The Million Dollar Hotel (2000 Film) Soundtrack
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The soundtrack to a Wim Wenders joint is often as creative and satisfying as the movie itself (see Until the End of the World and Wings of Desire), serving not only as a companion to the film but as a standalone work of art. The Million Dollar Hotel is no exception, indeed it ups the ante. The film is based on a story conceived and written in part by U2's Bono, and his influence is all over the score. U2 contribute three stunning songs, most notably a collaboration with Daniel Lanois: "The Ground Beneath Her Feet", a soaring pop ballad with lyrics penned by writer Salman Rushdie that stands among the best U2 cuts ever recorded. In addition, Bono joins the all-star "Million Dollar Band" (comprising Mr Fly himself, Daniel Lanois, Bill Frisell, Brian Eno and others) for a host of great tracks, including the ethereal groove of "Never Let Me Go". And if that isn't enough, The Million Dollar Hotel also features a duet between Brad Mehldau and Frisell ("Tom Tom's Room"), a surprisingly smoky cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" by model-actress-chanteuse Milla Jovovich and a raved-up, Americanised, Spanish-language version of the Sex Pistol's "Anarchy in the UK" ("Anarchy in the USA") sung by Tito Larriva with the Million Dollar Band. Despite such a wide-ranging host of contributors, Bono's sure hand keeps the album within the same emotional spectrum, coloured by a kind of melancholic longing and a wistful wonder, resulting in one of the best and most original soundtracks ever recorded. --Tod Nelson
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Now as for the rest of the soundtrack, U2's offerings are great. "The First Time" is a great song that I've always liked. "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" is exceptional, especially the lyrics written by Salman Rushdie. "Stateless" is another new U2 song, that is good but not too memorable either.
The remainder of the album comes with songs performed by varying musicians consisting of ensembles often including Bono, Danial Lanois, and Brian Eno. I was hoping that these would at least be similar to what was included on the Passengers: Original Sountracks 1, but it is weirder than that and not really in a creative way.
So, should you buy this album? Yes if you really must have those U2 songs, yes if you are very open to ambient music and some eccentric offerings. BUt if you are looking for a fantastic album or are not a big U2 fan then try something else. For U2 fans who are not sure, try Passengers first.
U2 show they know how to apply themselves to an emotional moment, because yes the new songs sound like U2, but no, they don't sound like they could have come off another album. The previous material they included fits nicely, using Milla Jovovich's peculiar and unforeseeably perfect vocal acrobatics to expand one of their favourite covers, "Satellite of Love;" and Daniel Lanois and the MDH Band reveal a whole new beauty to "The First Time" in their reprise of that song. Bono's sans-U2 contributions are first-rate--he practically acts all the characters and moods with his voice, but not in a hokey way. There is a real emotional, as well as musical, complexity to this album. Cheers to all the additional musicians. This album begins with a soaring, distinctly U2 embodiment of a Salman Rushdie poem, and ends with a nearly out-of-control Spanish version of the Sex Pistol's "Anarchy in the USA," and packs inbetween things old (previous U2 work), new (MDH Band), borrowed (Velvet Underground, movie dialogue, etc.), and blue (that fabulous trumpet!), never once making a musical or emotional misstep. What a marriage!
But what about the rest? Bono collaberates with Daniel Lanois and the "MDH Band" (a collection of more-than-competent musicians, too many to mention here) on "Falling at Your Feet", "Never Let Me Go", and "Dancin' Shoes", the latter of which is a fantastically smoky, bluesy, vocal performance.
The rest is filler. There are two incantations each of "The First Time" (on U2's 'Zooropa' (1993)) and of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" with Milla J. on vocals. (HINT: for those looking for a version sung by Bono and performed by U2, check out the "One" CD single). And the Spanish version of "Anarchy in the [USA]" is just annoying.
That said, this is not one of the best soundtracks to a Wim Venders movie. For better collections of songs, I recommend 'Until the End of the World' (1991) and 'The End of Violence' (1997).
Most recent customer reviews
First time hi ear Milla Jovovich siging, look like (Janis Joplin). Musique douce pour du rock. C'est good. melomanPublished 14 months ago by meloman
This soundtrack has its moments Milla's take on "Satellite of Love" is the worst thing I have ever heard. MY GOD. It's excruciating. I laughed so hard, though. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2003 by Kat Lawrie
Pretty good soundtrack. Like alot of people, I picked this up for the "U2" related tracks. They're all good, even if they're all a bit on the moody side. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by H3@+h
Milla. I picked up this CD solely to listen to Milla. What a massive let down. At least the rest of the CD is decent enough but Milla is unredeemable on this album. Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by Krista
The Million Dollar Hotel, one of the best soundtracks out there? I would have to say yes. The album coinsides with the movie fawlessly. Read morePublished on July 2 2002 by Fritz Klug
This is an absolute must for any listener whos' bent is towards the surreal. The soundtrack truely breaths life into a film that is already classic in the most brilliantly abstract... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001