A review of soundtracks and scores released the week of April 17, 2012.
Marley – Original Soundtrack by Bob Marley & the Wailers
Marley is a new documentary that chronicles the life of the man who brought Reggae to the world, Bob Marley. This two-disc soundtrack is a companion piece to the film. It is essentially a greatest hits album that includes a combination of studio and live recordings by Bob Marley and his band The Wailers. The soundtrack provides a gateway into Bob Marley’s music for the casual fan or those who are curious about his work. A fanatic won’t find much need in purchasing the album, already owning most of his music. They should however purchase the previously unreleased version of “Jammin’” found only on this soundtrack. It was recorded at the One Love Peace Concert in 1978 where Marley famously brought two Jamaican political rivals together to shake hands in an act of peace.
Treme, Season 2: Music From the HBO Original Series by Various Artists
When a show focuses on a city that is well known for music, there are high expectations for the soundtrack. Treme is an original HBO series that takes place in New Orleans soon after Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, which to this day remains a cornerstone of the local music scene. The soundtrack is a collection of various artists, songs and genres that are influential to the region and the show. The jazz/hip-hop collaborations “From the Corner to the Block” and “Road Home” are especially interesting as they bridge two eras of local music. Listening to this soundtrack is a treat from beginning to end. You may find yourself wanting to be in New Orleans enjoying some Cajun food and live music.
Exorcist II: The Heretic by Ennio Morricone
Exorcist II: The Heretic was a critically-failed sequel to The Exorcist. The score was released in 1977 on vinyl, but this is a new remastered version. The music was scored by Ennio Morricone, an Italian composer who has written for hundreds of film and television productions. Some of his most famous works include Once Upon a Time in the West and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Morricone’s score for Heretic is an eclectic mix of late-70’s instrumental pop and synth-rock. “Regan’s Theme” is a hauntingly beautiful track that feels like it belongs in a dream sequence. Then some of the music is incredibly different, like the almost tribal sounding “Pazuzu” with its use of drums and musical chants. Heretic’s score is quite good and perhaps the best thing about the film.
Notable Upcoming Releases
- Cabin in the Woods (May 1)
- Avengers Assemble (May 1)
- Dark Shadows (May 8 )