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V.A. - Across The Universe - Music From The Motion Picture (2007)

Given a track record littered by misfired oddities like the Bee Gees starring in the 1978 movie version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, successfully transforming The Beatles' epochal oeuvre into film musicals has been an elusive alchemy. Yet director Julie Taymor's 1968-centered, socio-political romance is more than just a stunning visual achievement. Its soundtrack brings a crucially intimate, emotionally engaging sensibility to its rich catalog of Beatles source material. Using an approach she rightly dubbed "organic," Taymor never gets too ambitious with the original arrangements, balancing the plaintive, often stark performances of central young stars Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood with equally compelling turns by supporting players Carol Woods and Joe Anderson. The stars successfully evoke early Beatlemania via the energetic charms of Sturgess' "All My Loving" and Wood's "It Won't Be Long," then get straight to the canon's often melancholy heart on his take of "In My Life," and her gentle cover of "Blackbird." Taymor's use of star turns--the entire point of too many Beatles-rooted projects--is as sparing as it is deft. Eddie Izzard's effusive "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" is the product of several edited improvisations, while U2's Bono and Edge re-imagine "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" by way of Pink Floyd. Joe Cocker's swamp-dirge "Come Together" shows why he's long been one of the best interpreters of the Lennon-McCartney catalog, and Dana Fuchs alternately evokes the heavenly and hellish via her tender "Dear Prudence," as well as her manic, Joplin-channeling burn through "Helter Skelter." Elsewhere on the CD, Bono teams with Secret Machine for the straightforward "I Am the Walrus," while the Dallas indie rockers also take dream-pop turns on the instrumental "Flying" and George Harrison's haunting "Blue Jay Way." Remarkably, Taymor claims the bulk of the performances here were not lip-synced, but recorded live as the cameras rolled. - amazon.com 1, 2, 3.


01. Jim Sturgess - Girl
02. Evan Rachel Wood - Hold Me Tight
03. Jim Sturgess - All My Loving
04. T.V. Carpio - I Want To Hold Your Hand
05. Joe Anderson & Jim Sturgess - With A Little Help From My Friends
06. Evan Rachel Wood - It Won't Be Long
07. Jim Sturgess - I've Just Seen A Face
08. Carol Woods & Timothy T. Mitchum / Let It Be
09. Joe Cocker - Come Together
10. Dana Fuchs - Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
11. Evan Rachel Wood - If I Fell
12. Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs & T.V. Carpio - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
13. Dana Fuchs, Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood & T.V. Carpio - Dear Prudence
14. Secret Machines - Flying
15. Secret Machines - Blue Jay Way

01. Bono & Secret Machines - I Am The Walrus
02. Eddie Izzard - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
03. Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, T.V. Carpio & Martin Luther McCoy - Because
04. Jim Sturgess - Something
05. Dana Fuchs & Martin Luther McCoy - Oh! Darling
06. Jim Sturgess & Joe Anderson - Strawberry Fields Forever
07. Jim Sturgess - Revolution
08. Martin Luther McCoy - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
09. Jim Sturgess - Across The Universe
10. Dana Fuchs - Helter Skelter
11. Joe Anderson & Salma Hayek - Happiness Is A Warm Gun
12. Evan Rachel Wood - Blackbird
13. Joe Anderson - Hey Jude
14. Dana Fuchs - Don't Let Me Down
15. Jim Sturgess & Dana Fuchs - All You Need Is Love
16. Bono & The Edge - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

19.12.2008. u 10:30 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink

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