Magnolia [Original Soundtrack]

Magnolia [Original Soundtrack]

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"Now that I've met you, would you object to never seeing me again?" This provocative opening line from Aimee Mann's song "Deathly" inspired Paul Thomas Anderson ("Boogie Nights") to write Magnolia, and Aimee Mann's songs, old and new, provided the source material for the relationships and themes of his new film. "Deathly" is here,See more details below

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"Now that I've met you, would you object to never seeing me again?" This provocative opening line from Aimee Mann's song "Deathly" inspired Paul Thomas Anderson ("Boogie Nights") to write Magnolia, and Aimee Mann's songs, old and new, provided the source material for the relationships and themes of his new film. "Deathly" is here, along with eight other Mann songs -- four are slated for Mann's long-delayed third album, Bachelor No. 2 (although one song is here in instrumental form), and three have turned up elsewhere (on a Harry Nilsson tribute, on the Jerry Maguire soundtrack, and as a UK B-side). (The soundtrack also includes an instrumental theme song from Jon Brion, an R&B ballad from Gabrielle, and two old Supertramp hits.) Aimee Mann's great theme is the insecurity that love brings, with all the complications of trust and distrust that go along with it. "Save me from the ranks of the freaks who believe they can never love anyone," she sings, in her clear and lovely soprano, quickly crystallizing a character. The songs tend toward mid-tempo balladry and favor '60s pop arrangements with sweet strings and horns; Mann claims she had Dionne Warwick in mind, although "Save Me" slyly alludes to the Carpenters and her restrained emotions often echo Dusty Springfield's style. Mann's writing complicated and sophisticated pop songs and that puts her in a league with her sometimes collaborator Elvis Costello, whom she's following into Bacharach territory. The melancholy and bittersweet themes of her songs for Magnolia will cheer up lovers of this type of music.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For Aimee Mann, the soundtrack to Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia was her first opportunity to release new material since 1995's I'm With Stupid. True, some of the songs are a few years old, but this is their first release, and each of her nine songs for the film seamlessly fit together, achieving a perfect blend of musical and lyrical tone. They feel like a miniature album, and while some of these tracks are on Bachelor No. 2, the way they flow and play off of each other makes Magnolia feel like a unique, individual work. Of course, it helps that Mann is at a peak in her craft, creating songs that are not only beautifully melodic, but musically and lyrically rich. Sonically, they're of a piece - even her cover of Nilsson's "One" fits perfectly -- but there's a lot of variety here, from the bouncy, irresistible "Momentum" to the gorgeously melancholic "Deathly." Mann has shined before, but never quite so consistently. It's easy to get lost in her music, which is why it comes as a bit of surprise to hear a gameshow bell ring at the conclusion of "Save Me," cleanly dividing Mann's songscore from the oldies that are also used in the film. Essentially, the two Supertramp songs ("Goodbye Stranger," "Logical Song"), Gabrielle's "Dreams," and Jon Brion's theme for the film act as a bonus EP after Mann's mini-LP. They don't sound out of place, but rather act as a reminder that Magnolia is not a proper Mann album, but a soundtrack. It's a testament to Mann's strengths as a songwriter and pop craftsman that during those first nine songs, it's hard to think of Magnolia as anything other than a Mann album, and her best one to date, at that.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/1999
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624758327
catalogNumber:
47583

Tracks

  1. One  - Harry Nilsson  - Aimee Mann
  2. Momentum  - Arthur Henry Mann  - Aimee Mann
  3. Build That Wall  - Arthur Henry Mann  - Aimee Mann
  4. Deathly  - Arthur Henry Mann  - Aimee Mann
  5. Driving Sideways  - Arthur Henry Mann  - Aimee Mann
  6. You Do  - Arthur Henry Mann  - Aimee Mann
  7. Nothing Is Good Enough [Instrumental]  - Arthur Henry Mann  - Aimee Mann
  8. Wise Up  - Arthur Henry Mann  - Aimee Mann
  9. Save Me  - Arthur Henry Mann  - Aimee Mann
  10. Goodbye Stranger  -  Supertramp
  11. Logical Song  -  Supertramp
  12. Dreams  -  Gabrielle
  13. Magnolia  - John Brion  - Jon Brion

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