Friday Night Lights [Original Movie Soundtrack]

Friday Night Lights [Original Movie Soundtrack]

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Friday Night Lights [Original Movie Soundtrack]

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602498644102
catalogNumber: 000366302
Rank: 87582

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Campbell   Conductor
Christopher Hrasky   Group Member
Munaf Rayani   Group Member
Michael James   Group Member
Michael Nowak   Conductor

Technical Credits

Paul 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

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Friday Night Lights [Original Movie Soundtrack] 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago