Inspired by Phillip Noyce's Rabbit Proof Fence, a film about three kidnapped Australian Aborigine children heading home in an attempt to escape forced cultural assimilation, Peter Gabriel created a stunning score that rivals his best-known soundtrack work, Passion, for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. Minimizing the use of traditional Western instruments such as guitar and horns, Gabriel instead utilizes native Aboriginal choral and instrumental support in creating ethereal soundscapes that are as bleak and foreboding as the Australian Outback, where this true story is set. A low hum, echoing the drone of the native Australian didgeridoo, reverberates throughout the album, upping the quotient of menace found within the crashing and clattering beats of "Stealing the Children"; the eerie swooshing and mechanized thump piercing "Moodo's Secret"; and the wailing drone of "The Tracker." Chasing away the dark clouds of gloom that permeate most of the preceding tracks is "Cloudless," a gorgeous finale steeped in the sounds of Aboriginal chants, along with a blanket of undulating beats and Gabriel's own distinctive harmonies. Far from your run-of-the-mill film score, Long Walk Home is a fascinating trip to the crossroads of contemporary and Aboriginal music.
I really enjoyed this score. It captures mood and feeling and I really love that. The score to a movie should make us "feel" what is happening. This one does that and more. It is always an added bonus when I listen to a soundtrack and it plays the movie over in my head. Peter Gabriel is awesome at doing that. I would suggest this for anyone who is moved by film music, but especially to those who believe that the soundtrack tells its own secret version of a story, only known by the composer and your imagination.