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Truth About Charlie
     

The Truth About Charlie

 
The soundtrack to Jonathan Demme's Paris-based whodunit starring Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton is a noirish collection of contemporary world music and electronica. The stylish menace of the City of Light after dark is eloquently conveyed by North African stars Rachid Taha and Khaled, not to mention the hypnotic, dreamlike music of Manu Chao. Pulsing subcontinental

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The soundtrack to Jonathan Demme's Paris-based whodunit starring Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton is a noirish collection of contemporary world music and electronica. The stylish menace of the City of Light after dark is eloquently conveyed by North African stars Rachid Taha and Khaled, not to mention the hypnotic, dreamlike music of Manu Chao. Pulsing subcontinental drum 'n' bass rhythms from Asian Dub Foundation contrast with languid tango-inspired trip-hop from the Gotan Project, playing high-octane drama off seductive interludes. Elsewhere, Demme goes back to his roots with '80s post-punkers the Feelies and the Soft Boys ("Mr. Kennedy" is from Robyn Hitchcock & Co.'s 2002 reunion CD), while giving nephew and filmmaker Ted a shot at dancehall rapping on "Bigga Man." Two classy tracks -- an excerpt from Rachel Portman's score and a suave "Quand Tu M'Aimes" from Frenchie legend Charles Aznavour complete the eclectic mix. The truth about The Truth About Charlie? It's swinging, mysterious assortment of Parisian nightlife characters fans of the film -- and the city -- will want to meet.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Jonathan Demme has displayed a care about assembling the music for his motion pictures that includes his concert movie about the Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense; Something Wild; and Philadelphia, on which he induced such luminaries as Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young to contribute new songs. The Truth About Charlie is Demme's remake of Stanley Donen's Alfred Hitchcock-style 1963 romantic thriller Charade, about a widow who is pursued by her late husband's criminal partners in search of lost loot, with Mark Wahlberg in the Cary Grant role and Thandie Newton standing in for Audrey Hepburn. Demme makes use of the Paris setting to employ a collection of source music drawn from the pop music of France and of African expatriates resident in France. For good measure, he tosses in occasional examples of alternative rock from the likes of the Feelies, the Soft Boys (who had a lead singer named Hitchcock, of course), and Sparklehorse. Composer Rachel Portman's score is represented only by a five-minute excerpt, "Truthful Moods." On its own, the soundtrack album comes off as a collection of exotica, mostly sung in French, with elements of dance-pop and Jamaican music. It never quite coheres, but there are some ear-catching moments.

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Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998662926
catalogNumber:
86629

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