Bodysong (Music from the Film)

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Taking the conceptual tenor of recent Radiohead discs to the logical next level, the art-rockers' chief sonic architect steps up to the canvas to craft a score intended to accompany the womb-to-grave story line of the acclaimed documentary Bodysong. Shorn of lyrics and conventional song structure, the disc requires a fair amount of effort on the part of listeners but offers up more than its fair share of reward in the process. Bodysong's most intriguing passages are those in which Greenwood shelves his guitar in favor of less-standard instrumentation: "Glass Lights/Broken Heart," one of the prettier, more longing pieces on the disc, adheres pretty closely to modern ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Taking the conceptual tenor of recent Radiohead discs to the logical next level, the art-rockers' chief sonic architect steps up to the canvas to craft a score intended to accompany the womb-to-grave story line of the acclaimed documentary Bodysong. Shorn of lyrics and conventional song structure, the disc requires a fair amount of effort on the part of listeners but offers up more than its fair share of reward in the process. Bodysong's most intriguing passages are those in which Greenwood shelves his guitar in favor of less-standard instrumentation: "Glass Lights/Broken Heart," one of the prettier, more longing pieces on the disc, adheres pretty closely to modern classical tradition. The Emperor String Quartet lends an elegant tone to that song, as well as to "Iron Swallow." On the other end of the stylistic spectrum, Greenwood tries his hand at fusion jazz, and with the help of flugelhorn player Gerard Presencer, he acquits himself just fine, particularly on the heady "Milky Drops of Heaven." There are swaths of sound that will sound familiar to Radiohead fans -- particularly the moody, martial "Clockwork Tin Soldiers" -- but for the most part, Bodysong is a singular journey on Greenwood's part, a trek that's absorbing enough to merit our tagging along.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The varied sounds of Jonny Greenwood's score for the British documentary Bodysong will come as no surprise to hyper-attentive fans of Radiohead, whether they've devoured every interview with the multi-instrumentalist or have studied every detail of his contributions to that band. Each of these pieces was written and produced by Greenwood, with assistance from Radiohead engineer Graeme Stewart. A string quartet is present on four tracks, drums and horns factor in on two tracks filled with nervous energy, and brother/bandmate Colin Greenwood provides bass on another. Everything else -- a wide assortment of instruments, including electronics -- is handled by the composer. When separated from the film, the music remains a compelling listen. From track to track, the tempos and emotions jerk back and forth with unpredictable unease. Sounds dart as often as they drift, but there's a peculiar linearity at play that keeps the ears hanging on every note.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
Rigorously experimental but accessibly atmospheric.

Rigorously experimental but accessibly atmospheric.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724359514703
  • Catalog Number: 951470
  • Sales rank: 98,149

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Moon Trills (5:17)
  2. 2 Moon Mall (1:12)
  3. 3 Trench (2:38)
  4. 4 Iron Swallow (2:07)
  5. 5 Clockwork Tin Soldiers (3:48)
  6. 6 Convergence (4:26)
  7. 7 Nudnick Headache (2:16)
  8. 8 Peartree (3:06)
  9. 9 Splitter (3:57)
  10. 10 Bode Radio / Glass Light / Broken Hearts (4:36)
  11. 11 24 Hour Charleston (2:39)
  12. 12 Milky Drops from Heaven (4:44)
  13. 13 Tehellet (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jonny Greenwood Primary Artist, Track Performer
Julian Arguelles Saxophone
Gerard Presencer Trumpet, Musician
William Schofield Cello, Musician
Colin Greenwood Electric Bass, Musician
Gene Calderazzo Drums, Musician
Emperor Quartet String Quartet
Martion Burgess Violin, Musician
Fiona Bonds Viola, Musician
Julian Aravelles Saxophone, Musician
Gerald Presencer Trumpet
Julian Argulles Saxophone
Jeremy Brown Bass, Bass Guitar, Musician
Technical Credits
Colin Greenwood Programming
Jonny Greenwood Composer, Producer, Writer
Emperor Quartet Contributor
Simon Gibson Mastering
Graeme Stewart Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Stanley Donwood Artwork, Drawing
Robin Gutch Executive Producer
Shin Katan Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a guitar-based album

    If you're looking for that wild guitar music that made Mr. Greenwood a sort of post-modern guitar hero, you better go back to the early Radiohead. Here you'll find multi-instrumental music, sound effects, and a taste of the Greenwood's creative pole in the band. If you are able to hear comtemporary music, if the film scores are a genre you respect and valuate, then you'll find Jonny Greenwood has come to be a interesting choice for quality and creativity in composing incidental music for alternative cinema.

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