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Radiohead Guitarist Jonny Greenwood Wrote all 13 Tracks of this Soundtrack and Produced it with Graeme Stewart. The Film was Directed by Simon Pummell and is a Panoramic View of the Experience of Being Human, from Birth to Death. It is Completely Free of Dialogue and is Compiled from Sourced Images from the Past 100 Years.
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Technically, the music on this album is clearly first-rate. What is most impressive is the fact that Greenwood, the lead guitarist for one of the most popular rock bands today, is also such a deft composer. As it turns out, however, Greenwood was classically trained in viola at Oxford Poly and has picked up a fair share about composition. He recently signed on to be the BBCs composer in residence, indicating both his skill and his continued interest in writing and conducting. Musically, each song on this soundtrack is a standout. Together, they make one of the most sublimely beautiful instrumental albums I've ever heard. Even without watching the documentary, one can be taken away by the mysteriously inhuman moods the music invokes.
Anyone buying this album and expecting Radiohead-esque music will likely be disappointed. That said, there are musical elements common to Greenwood's compostions and Radiohead's songs (makes sense, since Greenwood does a good deal of writing for the band after frontman Thom Yorke). While no member of Radiohead appears on the soundtrack except Jonny Greenwood, his composing and orchestrating skills alone create the same brilliant kind of sound-images that float through particularly Radiohead's most recent songs. However, until this soundtrack, Greenwood's musical presence has been balanced out and - dare I say - muted by his four band mates. Guitar riffs or no, the music Jonny Greenwood has created on Bodysong is a pure translation of image to sound, and an impressive step into the world of composition.
I wish we could have more CDs like this, but labels don't like experimentation to this degree, because it's not safe and bland like so much pop music out there.
A creepy and essential disc.
Want to listen to the beautiful sound of Moon Trills on your iPod while studying? Nope, can't do it. Want to ponder the mental imagery so vividly induced by Clockword Tin Soldiers? Can't happen unless you lug your cd player along with you.
Support distributors and labels who care about their consumers. Don't support EMI and their crusade against the consumer.
(As a side note, I'd purchase and give this cd a glowing review had it not been for this issue.)
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This is a movie soundtrack composed by jonny greenwood of radiohead. That is all it is. If you like radiohead then you could copy this from one of your friends or buy it if you... Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Alexander Reeser
pablo honey, the bends, ok computer and kid a have all gone plantium (1,000,000 copies sold). amnesiac and hail to the thief have gone gold (500,000 copies sold). Read morePublished on April 1 2004
I think the guy who gave this 1 star based on not being able to put it into his iPod has the import version. Read morePublished on March 17 2004
If your a radiohead fan and loved Kid A as much as I did then this cd is for you. The EMI protection is a pain but its worth it. Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by POSEIDON
It's hard to descibe the whole lot of different emotions this album gets you through. Perfet for all scenery ... Downtown or in a back country. I love it.Published on March 11 2004 by Mikael Boucher
There's probably nothing you can do to imagine how this album sounds, except of course seeing the film. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Rene G. Sandin