Waiting For Lightning (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Nathan Furst
Available July 23 digital and Amazon OnDemand.- Pre-sale starts Next Tuesday July 9th
The documentary Waiting for Lightning tells the story of expert skateboarder Danny Way, who overcomes a shaky past in order to attempt an unbelievable stunt. Although he grew up in a family broken by divorce, Way became a talented skater, and now he attempts what will become the greatest accomplishment of his career — constructing a ramp that will allow him to jump over The Great Wall of China — if he succeeds.
Waiting For Lightning (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
01. Progress of the Sport
02. Seed to Origins
03. A Broken Family
04. Ten Days to Jump
05. A Mentor in MT
06. Construction Problems
07. Requiem for Mike
08. Danny Rises
09. Two Days to Jump
10. The Practice Jump
11. Ashes to Ashes
12. Island Mega Ramp
It really nice to see a film get recognized for it’s genius even if it comes late. This week JoBlo.Com recognized Mark Pellington’s work on Arlington Road as one of the best movies you may have not seen.
WHY IT’S GREAT: ARLINGTON ROAD was, unfortunately, ahead of its time. It’s a film that tackles themes that were not yet as prevalent in society as they are now, American or otherwise. The film focuses heavily on the idea of how much we actually know about our neighbors, even something as simple as a name. The central theme is the threat of homegrown terror, but it’s built around the notion of what we view as plausible vs. implausible. In a pre-9/11 world, the film serves almost as a cautionary tale, one that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
Of course the music is also what helps to make this film great. We’ll let the album review on Itunes do the talking for us.
Angelo Badalamenti’s score for Arlington Road is about as ominous and darkly ambient as film music gets. Add two clanging, moody pieces from electronic artist Tomandandy that take things to a brisk industrial apex, and one has the soundtrack to a shadowy nightmare. It’s a nightmare that just happens to contain moments of great beauty. The music, though frequently eschewing repeating melodies, is quite accessible when detached from the movie.
The overall feel is one of creeping menace, but Badalamenti still contributes a number of lush, emotional pieces. “Values” is as fragile and mournful as the slower moments in Ennio Morricone’s Untouchables score, though Badalamenti’s work is more techno savvy in this instance.
“The Truth Is Out There” almost sounds like meditation music, were it not for the swarming sound effects peppered underneath; when the dance beat crops up, it doesn’t dampen the hushed mood. Badalamenti works just as expertly with the background music for the action scenes. “Escape” throbs as if it’s a Bernard Herrmann score to a Looney Tunes episode where everyone’s favorite roadrunner just manages to outwit the coyote.
If the music sometimes gets a bit too busy for home listening, one can’t help but admire the stylish complexity and sustained atmosphere of the overall work. Arlington Road is an engrossing listen and a fine addition to Badalamenti’s growing list of beautiful film scores.
From the film that changed everything for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie starring as husband and wife assassins! A fun mix of inspired songs including a cover of the Guns & Roses song “I Used To Love Her, But I had To Kill Her” by the Voodoo Glow Skulls and a cover of Bon Jovi‘s “You Give Love A Badname” by Atreyu. Also includes timeless classics such as “Tainted Love’ by Softcell, “You’ve Lost The Lovin Feeling” by The Righteous Brothers, “Express Yourself” by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm band to name just a few. An absolute must have album.
Starring Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini Killing Them Softly was adapted from the book by George V. Higgins, “Cogan’s Trade.” The Dark neo-noir crime drama follows a hitman (Pitt) making the rounds. The album features an amazing mix of timeless and classic songs including “Heroin” by The Velvet Underground, “Moon Dance” by Carl Stone, “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” by Nico as well as an incredible cover of Johnny Cash song “The Man Comes Around” by famed guitarist James Wilsey!
Most of what you hear on the album is used in the film. So, that was a big purpose. I’ve got a lot more material, but I didn’t want to release stuff that wasn’t going to be used in the film. There are a couple pieces that aren’t used that are in there, but I really thought they needed to be there.
It is a very fragmented kind of film score. I didn’t really go into it certain of what we were going to come out with and I kind of felt that, to some degree everyone, was kind of feeling around in the dark trying to find what was out there and these were the things that the picture required. There’s quite a distinction between some of the pieces, there’s a lot of the very drony pieces that never exist in the film in their entire.