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The Talented Mr. Ripley: Music from the Motion Picture

Surprised by how good this is, including Matt Damon singing “My Funny Valentine. ” A mix of jazz — “KO-KO,” performed by Charlie Parker,” “Nature Boy” (Miles Davis,” “The Champ” (Dizzy Gillespie) and a heartfelt version of “You Don’t Know What Love Is” (John Martyn). Also, wonderfully soulful “Lullaby for Cain,” sung by Sinead O’Connor and a couple of upbeat Italian pop songs “Tu Vuo’ Fa L’Americana,” with Matt and Jude Law joining the Guy Barker International Quintet and “Gaglione” (Marino Marini). Both are lots of fun. Add an excerpt from Vivaldi’s stunning “Stabat Mater” and how can you go wrong? The movie’s terrific as well. Only complaint: Wish this had been 2 CDs. I want more. Check it out!

Product description In The Talented Mr. Ripley, Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) becomes a master at taking on another’s identity, pretty much the same thing he does on the film’s soundtrack. Here, the actor does his best to croon like Chet Baker on “My Funny Valentine.” Damon lacks the vocal cords to really pull the standard off, but it’s still a noteworthy effort. The rest of this soundtrack is a mix of vintage jazz (exceptional cuts by Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie), Sinead O’Connor’s mystical “A Lullaby for Cain,” and a handful of bop tunes played by the Guy Barker International Quintet (one tune even featuring folk legend John Martyn on vocals). As usual, Gabriel Yared’s instrumental score is mysterious and reflective, with the occasional jazz element. Unfortunately, only on the track “Ripley” do we get a sense of the composer’s varied talent. In The Talented Mr. Ripley, Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) becomes a master at taking on another’s identity, pretty much the same thing he does on the film’s soundtrack. Here, the actor does his best to croon like Chet Baker on “My Funny Valentine.” Damon lacks the vocal cords to really pull the standard off, but it’s still a noteworthy effort. The rest of this soundtrack is a mix of vintage jazz (exceptional cuts by Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie), Sinead O’Connor’s mystical “A Lullaby for Cain,” and a handful of bop tunes played by the Guy Barker International Quintet (one tune even featuring folk legend John Martyn on vocals). As usual, Gabriel Yared’s instrumental score is mysterious and reflective, with the occasional jazz element. Unfortunately, only on the track “Ripley” do we get a sense of the composer’s varied talent. –Jason Verlinde

 

 

 

The Talented Mr. Ripley: Music from the Motion Picture Review

 

I was riveted the moment the film opened with the hauntingly beautiful “Lullaby for Cain,” and each subsequent piece of music was perfect in its setting. For example, while “Tu Vuo’ Fa L’Americano” may *seem* like it “embodies Dickie Greeleaf’s joyous and carefree lifestyle,” as per the last reviewer, I see it as a subtle commentary on the ironic nuances in personality throughout this film. The song is about an American who is pretending to be something he is not, living beyond his means, trying to fit into a different class. Therefore, would it not be the embodiment of Tom Ripley (played in equal measures of earnest brilliance and extravagant eeriness by the toothy Damon)? In all a great soundtrack with not a single clinker on the CD. -Read Reviews-

Most of the earlier reviewers have shared my sentiments and praise for this most eclectic blend of jazz, classical, and traditional movie scoring. It captures the many moods of "Tom Ripley," one of literature’s most captivating and complex characters. The only drawback, if any, is the fact that the selections do not appear in sequential order from the film. That, however, does not sully their effectiveness, providing the listener with an enjoyable and quite diverse listening experience.

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