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L Word
     

The L Word

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Unlike its companion Showtime series Queer as Folk, which has spawned a handful of club-inspired soundtrack discs, the lesbian drama The L Word collects 14 tunes more in line with the emotional highs and lows experienced by the ensemble cast. The set kicks off with the winsome, k.d. lang–produced "Genius" from the Murmurs, a '90s alt-pop band led by

Overview

Unlike its companion Showtime series Queer as Folk, which has spawned a handful of club-inspired soundtrack discs, the lesbian drama The L Word collects 14 tunes more in line with the emotional highs and lows experienced by the ensemble cast. The set kicks off with the winsome, k.d. lang–produced "Genius" from the Murmurs, a '90s alt-pop band led by the sweet, Bangles-like singing of Heather Grody and Leisha Hailey -- the latter of whom has moved on to acting, portraying bisexual journalist Alice Pieszecki on The L Word. Beyond that, you'll find selections from such powerhouse female singers as Lucinda Williams (the lusty "Right in Time"), Ella Fitzgerald (the swooning classic "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)"), Joan Armatrading (the pensive "The Weakness in Me"), and Marianne Faithfull (the eerie, beat-filled "The Pleasure Song"). But you'll also get turned on to some captivating up-and-comers, including Cape Verdian torch singer Fantcha, a protégée of Cesaria Evora (the simmering "Sol Jà Cambà"), twangy song crafters the Be Good Tanyas (the delicate "In Spite of All the Damage"), and Canadian feminist Kinnie Starr (the dreamy, dubby "Alright"). Guys get into the picture as well -- notably moody singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, indie-rock tunesmith Jason Collett, and Rufus Wainwright, who turns in a heartrending rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." But make no mistake: This disc, like the show that spawned it, is all about the Ladies -- capital L.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The soundtrack to Showtime's lesbian answer to Sex and the City is much like the show itself -- classy, upscale, sophisticated, well-intentioned, and in good taste, but overly earnest and is lacking a sense of humor. Or risk, for that matter. There's nothing here that's unexpected -- it's heavy on female singer/songwriters, from Lucinda Williams to the Murmurs, and it stretches outside of that genre with sharp selections from Ella Fitzgerald, Connie Francis, and Fantcha. It's very urbane, and not all that interesting; it's contemporary singer/songwriter music for listeners who like the sound of the music, not the content. As such, it's not bad as background music, but it's not compelling listening on its own terms, even if it captures the sound and feel of the show quite well.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
Tommy Boy
UPC:
0661868158229
catalogNumber:
1582
Rank:
90892

Tracks

  1. Genius @@The Murmurs
  2. Right in Time
  3. Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love
  4. Sol Ja Camba
  5. The Weakness in Me
  6. Everybody's Somebody's Fool
  7. Drivin' You @@Shelley Campbell
  8. In Spite of All the Damage
  9. Hallelujah
  10. Alright
  11. Blue Sky
  12. The Pleasure Song
  13. In the Sun
  14. Frances and Her Friends

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Joan Armatrading   Composer
Marianne Faithfull   Composer
Lucinda Williams   Composer,Producer
Frances Faye   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Jack Keller   Composer
k.d. lang   Producer
Patrick Leonard   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Gene Norman   Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Joe Sherman   Producer
Rick "Soldier" Will   Producer
Etienne Daho   Composer,Producer
Joseph Arthur   Composer,Producer
Kinnie Starr   Composer
Amandio Cabral   Composer
Matthew Rolston   Cover Photo
Amy Bennick   Graphic Design
Heather Grody   Composer
Jon Wood   Producer
Twangtrust   Producer
John Raham   Producer
Howie Beck   Producer
Leisha Hailey   Composer
Be Good Tanyas   Producer
Frazey Ford   Composer
Jason Collett   Composer
Edith Fambuena   Composer
Jean-Louis Pierot   Composer
Rosie Lopez   Producer
Ilene Chalken   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Natasha Duprey   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Shelley Campbell   Composer

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The L Word 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite songs from the L word soundtrack.This song was at the ending of season one episode limb from limb when Alice goes to kiss Dana.I love the L word and The soundtrack.I have it in my posession.I recorded all of seaon one.It is such an amazing and great show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed listening to Hallelujah, the song which played during the scene that made me finally connect with Bette. Bette, head down, leaning against the front door, trying to hold herself together as, in the bedroom, Tina sobs hysterically over the miscarriage, and outside the Faye Buckley crew peels off in a car after a raw confrontation with Bette minutes earlier. I also liked hearing songs that were new to me. Such as, In Spite of All the Damage, and Drivin' You, and Alright. I just ordered a CD from each band! And that Frances Faye song, "Frances & Her Friends", what a blast! By the way, Shelley Campell's, aka Auburn, CD Blue Ridge Reveille is only at scratchrecords.com
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the music in the show and the soundtrack is amazing Lucinda Williams, Joan Armatrading, The Be Good Tanyas, Ella Fitzgerald, OMG! Great, great great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can relive the joy and pain of the cast through this soundtrack. I cannot wait until Feb. for season 2. My favorite track is The Weakness In Me. Excellent soundtrack.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago