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Frida Enhanced, Soundtrack
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She was famous as both artist and model, infamous as political revolutionary and social libertine, and Frida Kahlo's controversial life couldn't help but seem the stuff of great musical theater. Her story is brought to the screen by director Julie Taymor, whose musical compatriot here is also her husband; Elliot Goldenthal, student of both Copland and Corigliani, shrewdly sublimates his modernism in service of the rich, evocative music and songs of Mexico and Central America. Utilizing performers that range from the contemporary (Lila Downs) to the folk-classic (Costa Rican legend Chavela Vargas; Brazilian star Caetano Veloso) and traditional (Los Cojolites, El Poder Del Norte, Trio Huasteca, Caimanes de Tanquin, and others), Goldenthal generously displays the true breadth of Mexican folk music, while seamlessly infusing it with the minimalist corners of his own underscore and some winning songwriting of his own. The result is one of 2002's most compelling soundtracks. The enhanced CD features include musical film excerpts, as well as a video conversation between Goldenthal and star Salma Hayek and text interviews with the composer and director Taymor. --Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
and enjoy listening.....the movie itself I saw ages ago was o.k. and a story line of Frida and her life
and loves.....But the music, wasn't for me.
Whenever I think about someone writing songs about their hometown or a place they love I can't help but think of Frank Sinatra's New York New York, but, obviously El Gusto is different in many ways. I chose El Gusto because it not only represented a cultural difference in music, but it also, wonderfully, expresses the singer's love for their land, the Huasteca.
The most distinctive part of the song, is the singing. I really liked the use of the high pitched voice in the background. The voice adds a lot to the music by giving the song a more passionate feeling; a helpful tool when expressing something as strong as a love for one's homeland.
Another interesting part of the song, which is a common in theme in music throughout the Hispanic world, is the way they describe the Huasteca as a woman. Using words like "Por sus bellas serranias" (Especially for her beautiful mountainous country), they really make you see and feel what it must be like to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
The music, itself, is simple. The guitar sounds crude and rough (kind of like a cheap nylon) and the violin is played almost like a fiddle in an old country song, but it works well. The music is like a breath of fresh air in the sense that it allows one to feel free of shame or care. It is this crude sound that allows one to "not care whether you can sing or not". The music, is all about love and happiness, something which is hard to come by in many of today's modern songs.
Overall, I chose this song because it was the most enjoyable of all the traditional music that I listened to. After listening to El Gusto, I could really see myself, in another time, maybe being a street player, as these men are.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Of course Goldenthal would win accolades for a film score which is pretty atypical for his body of work. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004
This is a great soundtrack. The tracks are dynamic and energetic, perfect for any day (or night). Would highly recomend for any lover of latin music. Very beautiful.Published on Jan. 3 2004 by C.
Soundtracks are usually mood music, and would not stand out without attachment to images of their film.This music would stand out anyway. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003 by Ulven
The entire CD is amazing. So passionate, it pains. The very last track, Burning Bed, sung by Caetano Veloso and Lila Downs is just so beautiful and what a way to end an album! Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2003 by patagoniac57
While this award winning score exists on one level in a symbiotic relationship with the film (also HIGHLY recommended), this album stands on it's own beautifully. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003 by RICHARD THOMAS
Although I am a huge fan of Philip Glass' work, and I was very disappointed that his score for _The Hours_ did not win an Oscar, Eliot Goldenthal's score is a worthy competitor. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2003 by Nick Nicholas, MSW
What a wonderful CD. I was pleasantly surprised by the music. Sometimes soundtracks sound so...soundtracky. This one is different, it makes me think of Mexico. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003