God Help the Girl [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

God Help the Girl [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Stuart Murdoch


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God Help the Girl was the name Stuart Murdoch gave his 2009 female-fronted Belle & Sebastian project -- a detour so intriguing, he decided to spin it off into another endeavor, also called God Help the Girl. This 2014 project realized Murdoch's original cinematic ambitions, turning the songs from 2009 into a film starring Emily Browning, which means that the 2014 album called God Help the Girl is a bit of a strange beast. It has previously released songs -- one of which, "Act of the Apostle," was pulled directly from Belle & Sebastian's catalog -- remixes of tracks from the 2009 album, several newly performed versions of songs from 2009 now performed by the cast, snippets of dialogue, instrumentals and, finally, three new songs written by Murdoch and sung by the actors. It's at once disjointed and cohesive, a patchwork with a distinct point of view that can be beguiling and frustrating. Murdoch's writing remains sharp and sly, at least as far as the completed songs are concerned. These aren't scarce on the soundtrack but they are scattered, sometimes arriving as clusters ("{|God Help the Girl">God Help the Girl">{|God Help the Girl," "The Psychiatrist Is In") but often hidden amidst sketches and dialogue. Sometimes, they're undermined by the actors, who have a bit of homely charm that perhaps plays better onscreen than it does on record. Nothing feels ill-considered and the soundtrack often does evoke the sophisticated '60s style that's one of Belle & Sebastian's specialties but, as a record, this is ultimately a novelty: a fitfully interesting footnote in a brilliant career.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2014
Label: Milan Records
UPC: 0731383670022
catalogNumber: 36700

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stuart Murdoch   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Francis MacDonald   Drums
Brian McNeill   Organ,Piano
Kim Moore   Background Vocals
Rick Wentworth   Conductor
Chris Geddes   Keyboards
Sarah Martin   Violin,Recorder
Stevie Jackson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Richard Colburn   Drums
Mick Cooke   French Horn
Bob Kildea   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Matt Brennan   Drums
Alex Klobouk   Background Vocals
Dina Bankole   Background Vocals
Catherine Ireton   Background Vocals
Brittany Stallings   Background Vocals
Anna Miles   Background Vocals
Marco Rea   Guitar
Dave McGowan   Double Bass
Celia Garcia   Background Vocals
Madaleine Pritchard   Background Vocals
Michael John McCarthy   Guitar
Sarah Hayes   Piano
Hazel Collins   Violin
Louise Bichan   Violin
Robert Henderson   Trumpet
Kristan Harvey   Violin
Christina Tweeddale   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Sarah Martin   Composer
Stevie Jackson   Composer
Stuart Murdoch   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements,Additional Music
Richard Colburn   Composer
Mick Cooke   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Kildea   Composer
Geddes   Composer

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