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Book of Life
     

The Book of Life

 
As a companion piece to Hal Hartley's movie The Book of Life, this soundtrack is actually a bit of a curiosity at just under 58 minutes; it runs about seven minutes shorter than the movie itself, and much of the music here doesn't really fit the claustrophobic feel that Hartley generated using a herky-jerky and grainy digital-video filming process. Indeed, some

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As a companion piece to Hal Hartley's movie The Book of Life, this soundtrack is actually a bit of a curiosity at just under 58 minutes; it runs about seven minutes shorter than the movie itself, and much of the music here doesn't really fit the claustrophobic feel that Hartley generated using a herky-jerky and grainy digital-video filming process. Indeed, some of the material here is gentle and even a bit folky, like the tracks from Hub, Joey Sweeney, and Super 5 Thor. There are a couple of tracks from Hartley's house band, Yo La Tengo, and two from one of the film's stars, Polly Jean Harvey ("The Faster I Breathe the Further I Go" being a standout with its insistent fuzz bass riff). One of the tracks that keeps repeating through the movie in fairly short bursts is the instrumental number "Fugitive" by Ryful (Phlyr in disguise, no doubt), and no wonder that even with some of the heavy-hitters on this album, it's still one of the standouts. Most of the material on The Book of Life is actually quite good, but sadly, it doesn't hold together particularly well.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1999
Label:
Echostatic Records
UPC:
0603282108022
catalogNumber:
108

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Byrne   Track Performer
Yo La Tengo   Track Performer
PJ Harvey   Track Performer
Pascal Comelade   Track Performer
Takako Minekawa   Track Performer
Hub Moore   Track Performer
Super 5 Thor   Track Performer
Phylr   Track Performer
Drazy Hoops   Track Performer
Joey Sweeney   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Kramer   Producer
PJ Harvey   Contributor
Vladimir Ivanoff   Arranger
Martin Donovan   Contributor
Hal Hartley   Director,Writer
Matthew Myers   Producer
Jeff Pullman   Engineer
Miho Nikaido   Contributor

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