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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 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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998653429
  • Catalog Number: 86534

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Assi Dans La Fenetre De Ma Chambre @@Blind Uncle Gaspard
  2. 2 Drug State @@Jade Vincent
  3. 3 Found Love @@Jimmy Reed
  4. 4 C'est Si Triste @@Ann Savoy
  5. 5 Lulu Revenue Dans La Village @@Ann Savoy
  6. 6 C'est Un Peche De Dire @@Ann Savoy
  7. 7 My Mother's Son-In-Law @@Macy Gray
  8. 8 Keeping Out Of Mischief Now @@Taj Mahal
  9. 9 Little Rain @@Jimmy Reed
  10. 10 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby? @@Jimmy Reed
  11. 11 Dimming Of The Day @@Richard & Linda Thompson
  12. 12 Selah @@Lauryn Hill
  13. 13 Got Love If You Want It @@Slim Harpo
  14. 14 Lonely Avenue @@Ray Charles
  15. 15 Sitting At The Window Of My Room @@Alison Krauss
  16. 16 Walk In Jerusalem @@Mahalia Jackson
  17. 17 If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow @@Tony Bennett
  18. 18 Waiting For You @@Bob Dylan
  19. 19 The World Exploded Into Love @@Bob Schneider
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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
Ivory Joe Hunter 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 Jr. Engineer
Calvin Carter Producer
Keith Ciancia Producer, Engineer
Ahmet Ertegun Producer
Gary Jones Clothing Design
Darrell Leonard Arranger
David Mansfield Arranger
Joel Moss Engineer
Clyde Otis Composer
Marc Phillips Clothing Design
Doc Pomus Composer
Bill Putnam Engineer
Ann Savoy Arranger
Christopher Shaw Engineer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Bonnie Bruckheimer Soundtrack Executive Producer
Ewart Abner Composer
Nancy Donald Art Direction
Lauryn Hill Producer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mike Piersante Engineer
Bob Schneider Composer
Traditional Composer
Ruth Poll Composer
Matt Marinelli Engineer
Jerome Doc Pomus Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Strong film, strong music

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Great Great

    This is a fantastic album.It was wonderful to hear cajun music and it made me yearn to hear more.

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