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Brick [coll] – [Lakeshore Records]

A recent favorite film melding Chinatown with the Breakfast
Club…not really, but better than calling it “bubblegumshoe.”
There’s ring-a-ding lingo in the film, but this regrettably
features no such spoken samples. It does feature an elongated
song/scene dangled by a bangled and baubled Natalie Wood-esque
(*high* praise) Nora Zehetner over a languid, cocktail
blues-jazz piano. Some other out-sourced sounds include a
rousing “Sister Ray” slice that is the knock-out punch from
the outgoing credits, a jumpy jivey Bunny Berigan piece and
also a mandolin-sweetened Riddle for the ritalin teens(?) from
Kay Armen, its simple lyrics recollect the more complicated
and clever nature of the dialogue in the film. The rest of the
CD features Nathan Johnson and the “Cinematic Underground.”
Johnson is the cousin of director Rian Johnson, and nepotism
worked well here. I was a little sucker-punched (not as badly
as the lead actor in the film though) as the lead-off version
of Emily’s Theme is fantastic and nothing quite matches that
acoustic guitar picked by a smoking cigarette over an alarm
clock rattling skeletal xylophone keys. Some of the other work
uses a little too much “Mike Hammer” rhodes piano for my taste,
but I suspect it’s meant as highest homage. Bowed glass is
nicely employed, and cluttery percussion helps keep the edge
up. Dry tapping/tumbling bass reminds me of Bradford Reed’s
amazing pencillina! Nice use of piano distance on many tracks.
Faves for me included “A Show of Hands”, “Knives in My Eyes”,
“The Brick of Brock”, “The Field”, “The Tunnel” and “Tug’s
Tale (Part 2)” with it’s slippery guitar. Recommended as is
the film itself. Who are you eating lunch with?

-Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 7, 2006 at 11:43 pm
  • Filed as CD,Soundtrack
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