Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

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If the roots-oriented soundtrack to Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood -- the film adaptation of Rebecca Wells's bestselling novel -- has an ease and immediacy about it, credit producer T-Bone Burnett, who pulled off a similar feat with his left-field blockbuster O Brother, Where Art


If the roots-oriented soundtrack to Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood -- the film adaptation of Rebecca Wells's bestselling novel -- has an ease and immediacy about it, credit producer T-Bone Burnett, who pulled off a similar feat with his left-field blockbuster O Brother, Where Art Thou? Whereas on that album Burnett drew on the rich tradition of mountain music to set off the Coen brothers' wacky Odyssey rewrite, here he dips into Delta blues, Cajun-spiced tunes, jazz standard updates, and contemporary folk to accompany this soulful mother-daughter tale set in Louisiana. Fans of stars Sandra Bullock and Ellen Burstyn will surely develop a fast affinity for the jaunty yet slightly melancholy Cajun tunes from the sweet-voiced Ann Savoy and the laid-back style of mid-20th-century bluesman Jimmy Reed, who each contribute three songs. Elsewhere, Burnett matches up big-name modern-day stars with some classic tunes to effectively bring his audience back in time. Macy Gray proves her mettle as the 21st century's Billie Holiday with her take on Lady Day's "(I Want to Be) Your Mother's Son-in-Law"; Taj Mahal shows off his pleasant growl on a bouncy, horn-pumped rendition of Fats Waller's "Keeping Out of Mischief Now"; and Tony Bennett croons on Nat King Cole's blue-tinged ballad "If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow." But the coup de grace comes from two new songs commissioned especially for the project: " Bob Dylan's "Waiting for You," where his quavering, world-weary timbre is matched by a twangy lap steel and a loping rhythm, and Lauryn Hill's spare, acoustic "Selah," which fits in with the album's from-the-heart tone, not to mention the soul singer's recent Unplugged venture. Toss in some blues from Ray Charles and some gospel from Mahalia Jackson, and you have an album that lives up to both Wells's heartwarming tale and Burnett's well-earned reputation.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The soundtrack to Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood comes with more anticipation than the average various-artists, "music from the motion picture" collection because it was assembled by T-Bone Burnett, fresh from his Grammy-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. And Burnett has taken a similar approach to his work here, putting together a collection of roots music that combines vintage recordings with new versions of old songs performed in traditional styles. The anchors of the album are the original blues tracks by Jimmy Reed ("Found Love," "Little Rain," and "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby?") and the newly recorded Cajun performances of Ann Savoy ("C'est Si Triste," "Lulu Revenue dans la Village" [i.e., "Lulu's Back in Town"], and "C'est un Peche de Dire un Mentire" [i.e., "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie"]). But equally impressive are the faithful interpretations of old songs: Macy Gray's take on "I Want to Be Your Mother's Son-in-Law," which mimics the arrangement that backed Billie Holiday's version; Taj Mahal's "Keepin' out of Mischief Now," which recalls the original by its composer, Fats Waller; and Tony Bennett's version of the Nat King Cole favorite "If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow." Then there are the terrific older recordings, such as Richard & Linda Thompson's "Dimming of the Day," Ray Charles' "Lonely Avenue," and Mahalia Jackson's "Walk in Jerusalem." Finally, Lauryn Hill and Bob Dylan (himself fresh from a best-song Oscar win) contribute newly written songs. Hill's "Selah" sounds like an outtake from her acoustic MTV Unplugged 2.0 album, while Dylan's "Waitin' for You," a Cajun waltz, comes off like a field recording, very much in keeping with the rest of the album. This soundtrack may not have the impact of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but it's an impressive, varied collection of great music.

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  1. Assi Dans La Fenetre De Ma Chambre @@Blind Uncle Gaspard
  2. Drug State @@Jade Vincent
  3. Found Love @@Jimmy Reed
  4. C'est Si Triste @@Ann Savoy
  5. Lulu Revenue Dans La Village @@Ann Savoy
  6. C'est Un Peche De Dire @@Ann Savoy
  7. My Mother's Son-In-Law @@Macy Gray
  8. Keeping Out Of Mischief Now @@Taj Mahal
  9. Little Rain @@Jimmy Reed
  10. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby? @@Jimmy Reed
  11. Dimming Of The Day @@Richard & Linda Thompson
  12. Selah @@Lauryn Hill
  13. Got Love If You Want It @@Slim Harpo
  14. Lonely Avenue @@Ray Charles
  15. Sitting At The Window Of My Room @@Alison Krauss
  16. Walk In Jerusalem @@Mahalia Jackson
  17. If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow @@Tony Bennett
  18. Waiting For You @@Bob Dylan
  19. The World Exploded Into Love @@Bob Schneider

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Slim Harpo   Track Performer
Taj Mahal   Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Lap Steel Guitar
Alison Krauss   Vocals
Bob Dylan   Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Sexton   Guitar
Richard Thompson   Vocals
Tony Bennett   Vocals
Leslie Drayton   Trumpet
Herman Riley   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Loops
Sid Page   Violin
Larry Taylor   Bass
Carla Azar   Drums
Barry Bales   Bass
Stephen Barber   Conductor,Leader
Robert Becker   Viola
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Ron Block   Acoustic Guitar
George Bohannon   Trombone
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Jodi Burnett   Cello
Clayton Cameron   Drums
Larry Campbell   Fiddle,Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Darius Campo   Violin
Tom Canning   Piano
Keith Ciancia   Piano,Keyboards,Loops
Jonathan Clark   Oboe
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Keith Fiddmont   Alto,Saxophone
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Tony Garnier   Bass
Stephen Hodges   Drums
Carrie Holzman-Little   Viola
Danny House   Alto
Patricia Johnson   Violin
Paul Langosch   Bass
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet,Conductor
Colin Linden   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro
Dane Little   Cello
David Mansfield   Viola,Hammered Dulcimer
Lee Musiker   Piano
Ira Nepus   Trombone
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Willie Ornelas   Drums
Gray Sargent   Guitar
Ann Savoy   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Maurice Spears   Bass Trombone
Joe Sublett   Tenor (Vocal)
Polly Sweeney   Violin
Fred Tackett   Guitar
John Thomas   Trumpet
Patrick Warren   Piano
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Jennie Hansen   Viola
Armando Compean   Bass
John A. Reynolds   Horn
Macy Gray   Vocals
Emily Bernstein   Clarinet
Rose Corrigan   Bassoon
Michael Valerio   Bass
Steve Richards   Cello
George Receli   Drums
Marc Sazer   Violin
Mario de León   Violin

Technical Credits

Slim Harpo   Composer
Jimmy Reed   Composer
Mahalia Jackson   Arranger
Richard Thompson   Composer,Producer
Robin Beck   Clothing Design
Stephen Barber   String Arrangements
Danny Bennett   Producer
Joe Blaney   Engineer
T Bone Burnett   Arranger,Producer
Mario Caldato   Engineer
Calvin Carter   Producer
Keith Ciancia   Producer,Engineer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Gary Jones   Clothing Design
Darrell Leonard   Arranger
David Mansfield   Arranger
Joel Moss   Engineer
Marc Phillips   Clothing Design
Doc Pomus   Composer
Bill Putnam   Engineer
Ann Savoy   Arranger
Christopher Shaw   Engineer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Bonnie Bruckheimer   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Lauryn Hill   Producer
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Mike Piersante   Engineer
Bob Schneider   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ruth Poll   Composer
Matt Marinelli   Engineer

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic album.It was wonderful to hear cajun music and it made me yearn to hear more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a strongly LAYERED compilation of music! Had I not seen the film, I would have bought the music anyway just for the variety - Cajun, big band, tinny twenties,modern esoteric. But the music brings back the memory of its scenes so specifically that I "see" the film again. The track "Drug State" is especially memorable with exotic drums and smoky vocals - I recall with smiles the girls' ceremonial fire. This is the real value of music - to stir the imagination and call back colors, fragrances, whatever accompanies memory. This sound track fulfills that significant standard.