Feast Of Love Review

artist: Original Soundtrack date: 09/05/2007 category: compact discs
Original Soundtrack: Feast Of Love
Release Date: Aug 7, 2007
Label: Lakeshore Records
Genres: Rock
Number Of Tracks: 18
This soundtrack is a collection of predominantly neo-folk tunes with slips of roots rock, synth-pop, and country-folk.
 Sound: 7
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 8
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Feast Of Love Reviewed by: sweetpeasuzie, on september 05, 2007
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Sound: The soundtrack to the motion picture Feast Of Love, released by Lakeshore records (Wicker Park, The Last Kiss, Little Miss Sunshine) is a collection of predominantly neo-folk tunes with slips of roots rock, synth-pop, and country-folk. The soundtrack has a very down to earth feel with one track, in particular, Suite by Stephen Trask that is an instrumental harboring orchestral and synth tones while containing a New Age lisp. The string arrangements have a statuesque height as the wavering guitar flourishes create a sternly serious, intense mood. The instrumentation is thought-provoking with sensitive fluctuations along the rolling currents. The track stands out from the others as a piece that was purposely written for the movie, whereas the other numbers are demonstrative of the artists who perform them like the duet with nu-jazz vocalist Corinne Rae-Bailey and the jazz-funk ensemble The Mastersounds for Your Love Is Mine. Bailey sings lovely but she carries the same pitch and vocal melody she did for her hit song Put Your Records On. The alternative folk florets on Honestly by Cary Brothers is emblematic of coffeehouse music and has a sleepy, wispy effect channeling through the chord progressions. The Frames make an appearance with some softly strummed neo-folk texturing for Falling Slowly and Jeff Buckley plays his rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah with an emotive Celtic lilt in his vocals and a roots rock vibe in his guitar playing. Z Trip vs. Run Run Run also performs a cover tune of Mazzy Star's classic Fade Into You with synth-pop loops and digital beats sparking the movements along. Besides this stead of recognizable artists is a portion of new artists including the misty country-pop harmonics of Zach Broocke, the slow limpid synth-pop drifts of Alt-Ctrl-Sleep, and the neo-folk cleaves of John Linton whose voicing is similar to Blue October's singer Justin Furstenfeld. The album is shingled with components of country-folk and roots rock music which sometimes fall into lackadaisical episodes of sleepy rotations, but when the soundtrack picks up it does it with orchestral-pop and synth style. // 7

Lyrics: The lyrics are meant to be relatable to the movie, which I haven't seen yet but I've viewed the trailer at www.myspace.com/feastoflove The track whose words display the movie's main theme best about the twists and turns that love takes you through is Zach Broocke's track Pullin' Up The Drive. His pulsing vocals deliver, Have your picture in my head/ Next to the things I wish I said/ If I close my eyes you'd be pulling up the drive/ Turning all your read lights green. Broocke's vocals make these words stick in the listener's mind, and just based from the songs on the soundtrack and the movie's trailer, it seems like the one song that is in simpatico with the gist of the movie aside from Stephen Trask's orchestral piece Suite. // 9

Overall Impression: Overall, the soundtrack flows good. There are even segments taken from the movie spoken by the main actors, Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear. If the movie strikes a chord with you then the soundtrack mostly definitely will as well. It was very cool to hear a few bands who got their start in the '90s with the alternative rock rush like The Frames, Travis, and Pete Droge, but it is also good that the album includes some lesser known talent and brings it all together without making any delineations in the differences between country, folk, rock, synth-pop or orchestral scores. It all moves together in harmony even with each track specifically personalized to the artist performing the piece. It is easy to imagine a film moving to these songs but whether or not it actually does has yet to be seen. The movie won't be released to theaters until September 28th. I'd have to see the movie first to judge whether or not this soundtrack portrays the film, but I definitely thought Zach Broocke showed excellent talent for singing, songwriting and performing regardless. // 8

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