Thumbsucker

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The soundtrack to Mike Mills' debut film, Thumbsucker, was apparently an exercise in doubt and devotion. Elliott Smith had been asked to score the film as well as contribute a cover version or two for the film's original score. After Smith's death, Mills, deep in the editing process, was thrown into the depths: he lost a close friend as well as a collaborator. He kept the music Smith had written for Thumbsucker "Basement on a Hill" and "Let's Get Lost" as well as the two covers he recorded Big Star's "Thirteen" and Cat Stevens' "Trouble". He hooked up with Tim DeLaughter and various members of his Polyphonic Spree, who composed and recorded an original score. The Spree's ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The soundtrack to Mike Mills' debut film, Thumbsucker, was apparently an exercise in doubt and devotion. Elliott Smith had been asked to score the film as well as contribute a cover version or two for the film's original score. After Smith's death, Mills, deep in the editing process, was thrown into the depths: he lost a close friend as well as a collaborator. He kept the music Smith had written for Thumbsucker "Basement on a Hill" and "Let's Get Lost" as well as the two covers he recorded Big Star's "Thirteen" and Cat Stevens' "Trouble". He hooked up with Tim DeLaughter and various members of his Polyphonic Spree, who composed and recorded an original score. The Spree's large, nearly chanted chorus vocals, which never stray far from the gentle pop psychedelic musical soundscapes, complement the film perfectly and add to its endearingly wonderful narrative, but also make a powerful emotional statement on their own as an album. From the orchestral orgiastic march of "The Crash," which serves as an intro, and the ballads like "Scream & Shout" and the haunting "The Green Lights," to the gloriously happy bombast of "Debate Montage" which references DeLaughter's earlier band, Tripping Daisy and the sweetly, innocently romantic "Skinny Dip," Polyphonic Spree encapsulates the sometimes mawkish, sometimes bewildered, yet always wide-eyed wonder of life in the process of being lived. That it so perfectly mirrors the film's protagonist, Justin, is a small miracle. That the music creates a feeling apart from celluloid and seems to create images from the ether is a triumph. And it should be added that Smith's songs add immeasurably to the overall feel and considerable depth of the score. For fans of DeLaughter and Polyphonic Spree, this will come as a welcome addition to their catalog. For those encountering the band through the movie, this score will be a treasure and perhaps even a revelation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616254221
  • Catalog Number: 162542
  • Sales rank: 295,623

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Crash (0:55)
  2. 2 Scream & Shout (2:11)
  3. 3 Slow Halls (0:43)
  4. 4 What Would You Let Go (1:53)
  5. 5 Empty Rooms (1:02)
  6. 6 Wonderful for You (1:50)
  7. 7 The Rebecca Fantasy (0:30)
  8. 8 Thirteen - Elliott Smith (2:40)
  9. 9 Pink Trash Dream (0:30)
  10. 10 The Green Lights (1:14)
  11. 11 Debate Montage (Compliments of Tripping Daisy) (3:05)
  12. 12 Trouble - Elliott Smith (2:55)
  13. 13 Skinny Dip (2:22)
  14. 14 Sourness Makes It Right (2:09)
  15. 15 Some of the Parts (2:13)
  16. 16 Matt Schraam (1:07)
  17. 17 Let's Get Lost - Elliott Smith (2:25)
  18. 18 Justin's Hypnosis (1:32)
  19. 19 The Call of the Wild (0:55)
  20. 20 Wait and See (1:01)
  21. 21 Move Away and Shine (3:59)
  22. 22 Acceptance (30:22)
  23. 23 Move Away and Shine (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Polyphonic Spree Primary Artist
Tim DeLaughter Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Toy Piano, Alarm Clock
Mark Pirro Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Bryan Wakeland Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Drums
Michael Musick Vocals
Michael A. Turner Vocals
John Congleton Electric Guitar
Evan Hisey Vocals
Audrey Easley Flute
Logan Keese Trumpet
James Reimer Trombone
Julie Doyle Vocals
Jennifer Jobe Vocals
Jessica Jordan Vocals
Jennie Kelley Vocals
Kelly Repka Vocals
Rick Nelson Strings
Louis Schwadron French Horn
Matt Bricker Trumpet
Apostala Wilson Vocals
Technical Credits
Alex Chilton Composer
Tim DeLaughter Composer
Mike Mills Liner Notes, Artwork, Cover Design
Mark Pirro Engineer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Composer
Elliott Smith Composer
George Geurin Mastering
Dave Willingham Engineer
John Congleton Producer
The Polyphonic Spree Composer
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