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Punch-Drunk Love [Enhanced]

Jon Brion Audio CD
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1. Overture
2. Tabla
3. Punch-Drunk Melody
4. Hands & Feet
5. Le Petit Chateau
6. Alleyway
7. Punchy Track Piano
8. He Needs Me
9. Waikki
10. Moana Chimes
11. Hospital
12. Danny (Lonely Blue Boy)
13. Healthy Choice
14. Third Floor Hallway
15. Blossoms & Blood
16. Here We Go
17. He Really Needs Me

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By turns bold, sentimental, and decidedly loopy, director Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love has perceptively been described as a classic MGM musical without the songs. Which isn't to say it lacks for music; Jon Brion's glorious, stylistically baroque score matches Anderson's cinematic verve at every turn. Brion variously revives vintage Hawaiian pop-kitsch and Conway Twitty at his early Elvis-clone angstiest, and perfectly recasts Shelly Duvall's determined/desperate reading of "He Really Needs Me" from Harry Nilsson's underappreciated Popeye score as one of his major romantic themes; codependents need love, too. But the major touchstone for Brion's instrumental underscore is the elusive Reprise Records sound of the late '60s/early '70s, with arrangements that seem lingering homages to Brian Wilson's Smile, Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle, and Randy Newman's Sail Away. The composer's own self-performed pop-waltz of a melancholy love song, "Here We Go," echoes nothing less than the Beatles in their Rubber Soul/ Revolver prime; it was even recorded in their old Abbey Road studio and seems to coax musical ghosts from the very walls. It's no mean feat to be both smart and sentimental, but Brion's pulled it off handsomely here on this, the best soundtrack these ears savored in 2002. --Jerry McCulley

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5.0 out of 5 stars ...So Here We Go July 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
Strange... Cartoon-sounding... Eerie... Beautiful...
Those are the words that come to mind when I listen to the score to one of my new favorite films, "Punch-Drunk Love." Composed by Jon Brion, this beautifully haunting score gets in your head and stays there (just like the movie). You pretty much feel a party of emotions when you pop this baby in.
While it can be very melodic and soothing at times, it can also get tense and rapid. A lot of the tunes on the score appear to be influenced by the song "he needs me," which was originally from the "Popeye" movie and was performed by Shelly Duvall. (The original song appears on the soundtrack as well). And you really get the feeling that you're watching some sort of cartoon when you play the CD. How strange I'd like something like this, but that's thanks to loving the movie so much.
My favorite tracks are "overture," "tabla," "punch-drunk melody," "he needs me," "hands & feet," "blossoms & blood," "here we go," "le petit chateau," hospital," and "third floor hallway." That's the majority of the album, but those are the songs I listen to the most. I really love Jon Brion's "here we go;" the lyrics really seem to hit home with me. All 17 tracks are a complete joy to listen to.
If you're a big fan of the film and you love a good film score, put "Punch-Drunk Love" on your list. This is a score that I can never get tired of. I'm glad that I have it in my CD collection and it is a frequent visitor in my stereo, I must admit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, punchy, intoxicated with creativity Nov. 5 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I will be the first person to admit that Punch-Drunk Love is a highly flawed movie. Its director, Paul Thomas Anderson couldn't quite assess its numerous highly creative ideas with the same brilliant sweep that he did with with his previous Magnolia. That said, Punch-Drunk Love is also a wildly funny and charming film with beautiful performances by Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, and an offbeat reverence to 1940's musicals that can only be described as a stroke of conceptual genius.
The score mirrors this film in many ways. It's often brilliant, inspired, AND inspiring, but it's also a bit slight and the people involved have done better work.
Jon Brion, the uberproducer behind Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Aimee Mann is back after scoring Magnolia. Like always, the multi-instrumentalist/producer/composer/vocalist is the album's main star attraction.
His "Punch-Drunk Melody" occurs throughout, played in various different style, one Hawaiian, one grand and orchestral, and one played by a French-style accordian. Despite the various angles from which Brion interprets his own music, his Beatles-esque knack for a hook is still there. This isn't a boring run-of-the-mill score in the least. Yet it's sufficiently intricate as to not get sticky in pop simplicity...T
Other songs are more percussive and sparse. "Tabla's" sonic beeps accentuate the bareness of the snare and bass drum. A song this minimal shouldn't work, yet it does. Call it the Brion touch.
"Here We Go" attempts to get at the pathos of the story...How truly sad and pathetic the character of Barry Egan is, with no jokes to make us feel okay about his torment. Jon Brion himself sings the tune, and a remorseful edge enters the soundscape which the film tried to get at but never quite could.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So Damn Good! Nov. 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who says Punch-Drunk Love (the movie or the soundtrack) isn't absolutely wonderful should be ...well, something bad should happen to them. This soundtrack and movie are delightful.
Jon Brion's taken the hint from Bjork's Dancer in the Dark soundtrack and made full use of the wide world of sound. This is most apparent on the track Hands & Feet where sounds of brushes and window blinds complete the percussion. I only wish there were more tracks devoted to making music from non-traditional instruments.
The CD is only 44 minutes long, but it's compiled well and the tracks are lengthy enough to leave you fulfilled. If you didn't love the movie, you probably won't like the soundtrack, but if you didn't like the movie, why are you reading this review?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great PT/Brion Collaboration April 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is another great collaboration between director Paul Thomas Anderson and musician Jon Brion. First, this is a great movie, and then an equally great soundtrack/score by Jon Brion, with the film and soundtrack working perfectly together. The disc is mostly instrumental songs and includes "He Needs Me" "Waikiki" which are prominent in the film. This score is great on its own, which makes me recommend it more than the "Magnolia" score (again by the PT/Brion duo). These two are really able to team up and make the music perfectly complement the film.
Also, if you like this soundtrack, especially "Here We Go", go check out jonbrion dot com and his album meaningless. It is not yet available on Amazon.
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Format:Audio CD
This is another great collaboration between director Paul Thomas Anderson and musician Jon Brion. First, this is a great movie, and then an equally great soundtrack/score by Jon Brion, with the film and soundtrack working perfectly together. The disc is mostly instrumental songs, but also includes the songs "He Needs Me" "Waikiki" & "Danny (Lonely Boy Blue)" which are prominent in the film. This score is great on its own, which makes me recommend it more than the "Magnolia" score (again by the PT/Brion duo). These two are really able to team up and make the music perfectly complement the film.
Also, if you like this soundtrack, especially "Here We Go", go find Jon Brion's album "meaningless"
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