Disc 1 (of 2)
Disc 2 (of 2)
|3.||Because - Evan Rachel Wood / Jim Sturgess / Joe Anderson / Dana Fuchs / T.V. Carpio & Martin Luther McCoy|
If you're one of those people who love the Beatles but feel that their music has been covered from every conceivable angle, you should take a listen to the soundtrack from Across The Universe. This is something different! The 29 tracks here are, for the most part, highly original interpretations that, while taking the songs in a new direction, don't damage their integrity. The spirit of these classics has been honored. The result? A highly refreshing listening experience.
Few soundtracks do really well in the "marketplace." But this one has found a definite audience, ranking in the top quarter of the Billboard 200 albums chart and going to No. 7 on the magazine's Top Soundtracks chart. Obviously, what has been done here resonates with a lot of people.
A variety of vocalists, male and female, do some fine work on this disc. Jim Sturgess delivers a beautifully forlorn version of "All My Loving" -- yes, that may sound strange but it actually works. He also performs "I've Just Seen A Face," "Something," "Strawberry Fields Forever" (with Jon Anderson), and "Across The Universe."
There are some definite highlights here. T.V. Carpio gives a female twist to "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and, in doing so, delivers what is a vocal showcase. All the more notable for the fact that what was originally a peppy pop song is done as a ballad! Meanwhile, "Let It Be" is majestic all over again, this time delivered as a gospel number with some big choral swells.
It's also great to hear illustrious performers like Joe Cocker and Bono offering their renditions. Cocker almost steals the show with a version of "Come Together" that is at once more menacing and machinelike than the original, giving it a truly contemporary feel. Bono chimes in with a trippy take on "I Am The Walrus" and an interpretation of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" that alternates between ethereal and muscular.
Also included here are "I've Just Seen A Face" (post-punk with a dash of country), a raucous version of "Helter Skelter" in which Dana Fuchs channels Janis Joplin, and a minimalist rendition of "Hey Jude."
Across The Universe is highly recommended for the bold way it makes something old (and wonderful) new all over again.
|Number of Discs:||2|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.26|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||0.39 x 4.25 x 5.25|
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