Me Without You [Original Soundtrack]

Me Without You [Original Soundtrack]

     
 
A successful soundtrack captures the pop-culture zeitgeist of a film's specific time and place -- a directive that's quite a challenge for this English coming-of-age story spanning the '70s and '80s. As the tug-of-war friendship between Marina (Broadway star Anna Friel) and Holly (Dawson's Creek's Michelle Williams) transforms these kissing cousins into

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A successful soundtrack captures the pop-culture zeitgeist of a film's specific time and place -- a directive that's quite a challenge for this English coming-of-age story spanning the '70s and '80s. As the tug-of-war friendship between Marina (Broadway star Anna Friel) and Holly (Dawson's Creek's Michelle Williams) transforms these kissing cousins into venomous vixens, the music marks the passing of time, with special emphasis on the girls' discovery of new wave and punk. So early synth tracks (Depeche Mode's bouncy "Just Can't Get Enough," the Normal's darkly sexual "Warm Leatherette") mingle with a couple of cuts by the Clash (who figure in the story line) and rediscovered new wave gems including the Only Ones' "Another Girl, Another Planet" and Wreckless Eric's "Whole Wide World." To American listeners, the tracks' Brit slant will alternately strike just the right note (Nick Drake's "Cello Song," the Stranglers' "Skin Deep") or soar over their heads (Barbara Dickson's cheesy pop "January February," Lucy Street's fluffy new recording of "White Horses," the theme for a period U.K. TV series). But like the movie's central relationship, the disc is restless and rife with magnetic charm.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
One of the better soundtrack LPs of late is nonetheless undercut by two nagging blemishes. (One): two-thirds of it is ace songs by strong and distinctive artists. However, unlike genuinely notable movie tie-in collections (like Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums), it sticks to best-known hits and classics instead of exposing less-trodden-trail treats. So though anyone can thrill to the Clash's nasty "White Riot" and challenging "(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais," Echo & the Bunnymen's monstrous "The Cutter," Wreckless Eric's riotous "Whole Wide World," the Only Ones' ageless, ubiquitous "Another Girl, Another Planet," the rediscovered Nick Drake's salubrious "Cello Song," Tim Buckley's jazzy folk "Strange Feelin," Dillinger's U.K. pop-reggae "Cocaine in My Brian," or even the mid-period Stranglers' pulsing, soulful "Skin Deep," it's all a tad been-there-done-that for well-versed fans. If you're not one, though, great pleasures await, along with lesser ones from pirate-era Adam & the Ants, electro-poppers the Normal, and even newbies Super Furry Animals. And (two): as for the other third of the disc, who thought numbing Depeche Mode, drekky Charlene and Barbara Dickson, banal Scritti Politti, dull Lucy Street, and moldy, cutesy-pie Sonny & Cher fit with the above? It's like an annoying series of telemarketer messages when you're finally making some time with someone you have a crush on. Until you finally unplug the phone (program that skip button!), they kill the electric mood every time.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998679429
catalogNumber:
86794

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Drake   Track Performer
Depeche Mode   Track Performer
Echo & the Bunnymen   Track Performer
Scritti Politti   Track Performer
Stranglers   Track Performer
Barbara Dickson   Track Performer
Wreckless Eric   Track Performer
Sonny & Cher   Track Performer
Adam and the Ants   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Clash   Producer
Depeche Mode   Producer
Mick Jones   Composer
Stranglers   Producer
Joe Boyd   Producer
Ian Broudie   Producer
Vince Clarke   Composer
Micky Foote   Producer
Green Gartside   Composer
Martin Gore   Composer
Chris Hughes   Producer
Laurie Latham   Producer
Nick Lowe   Producer
Daniel Miller   Producer
Christopher Shaw   Producer
Alan Tarney   Producer
Zal Yanovsky   Producer
Jerry Yester   Producer
Adam Kidron   Producer
Super Furry Animals   Producer
James Doman   Producer,Remixing
N. Lowe   Composer

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