For small-town America, high-school football is a religion. The home team in Peter Berg's Friday Night Lights has to travel over 250 miles of sun-parched southwest highway to meet their rival team, and who better to paint those Texas skies than the Lone Star State's own Explosions in the Sky? Soundtrack producer Brian Reitzell, whose fluid work on The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation is instantly recognizable here, throws Daniel Lanois, David Torn, and Bad Company into the mix as well, resulting in a collection of music that redirects its intended genre into something altogether spiritual. Sports dramas usually rely on an infuriating blend of swelling strings and "We Will Rock You" bombast, so it's a real treat to hear the post rock quartet's guitar-driven soundscapes illuminating camera close-ups of down-to-the-wire scoreboards and off-field bonding. The wistful, string-driven "Your Hand in Mine" -- courtesy of arranger and father of Beck, David Campbell -- is as close to "traditional" as Friday Night Lights gets, but the atmospheric centerpiece owes a lot more to Brian Eno than it does John Williams. Much of the material was culled from bits and pieces of the band's two Temporary Residence releases -- the director had grown used to them in the context of the work print of the film -- then combined with all-new compositions, making FNL a must-have for fans, but it's the patient way the soundtrack unfolds, Bad Company and all, that gives it an edge over soulless, hit-driven opponents like Remember the Titans or Any Given Sunday.
Performance CreditsDavid Campbell Conductor
Christopher Hrasky Group Member
Munaf Rayani Group Member
Michael James Group Member
Michael Nowak Conductor
Technical CreditsPaul Rodgers Composer
Bruce Fowler Orchestration
David Torn Arranger,Composer
David Campbell String Arrangements
Joel Iwataki Engineer
Daniel Lanois Composer
Mick Ralphs Composer
Brian Reitzell Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Justin Stanley Composer,Producer,Engineer
Peter Berg Executive Producer
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Brian Grazer Executive Producer
Brian Porizek Package Art Direction
Explosions in the Sky Composer
Michele Horie Art Direction
Sam Zeines Personal Assistant
Shelli Hill Soundtrack Executive Producer
Yvonne McDonald Soundtrack Music Clearance
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This soundtrack is one of few that sets the tone for a film with only instrumental pieces. My personal favorite is Soho Dourado, which is the piece played in the movie during the final scene, a gut wrenching one at that. Great guitar pieces, overall good CD.
Sets the tone for the entire movie, but does not distract from the scenes. One more thing, Odessa Permian is located in a city of 100,000+ and is one of the largest high schools in the state of texas. Although the movie gives it a small dusty west texas feel, in reality that is not the case.
I enjoyed the movie, but loved the film score. It's very evocative of a small, dusty Texas town, and a beautiful contrast to the brutal football sequences.