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Weekly Album Review – soundtrack to Wish I Was Here

WishIWasHereWish I Was Here 
Various Artists
Columbia

 

Wish I Was Here, directed by and starring Zach Braff, follows the heartfelt journey of a 35 year old man that struggles with his acting career and family while searching for meaning in his life.  The soundtrack, also produced by Zach Braff, supports the journey of protagonist, Aidan Bloom and his family, with a mix of gentle, low-key and wistful tunes.

The fifteen track compilation walked a fine line between pleasant and melancholy.  It begins somewhat rosy and serene with music by The Shins and Gary Jules.  However the tone becomes bleak and daunting by the time we arrive at Cat Power and Cold Play’s collaboration, followed by the somber melodies of Allie Moss.

Suddenly, like a joyous parade, Paul Simon shows up at track 10 to brighten the mood a little with, “The Obvious Child.”  The brass ensemble that prefaced the song, sounded like a marching band and proved to be festive and heartening.  I was about to fall asleep until Paul Simon came around to wake me up.

The soundtrack turned dreary once again with the chilling voice of Wafia, singing for the Australian indie band, Japanese Wallpaper.  The album steadily maintains this demeanor for the duration of the album.

On track twelve, Bon Iver appears for the second time on the album, with “Heavenly Father,” which sounded like a cross between a church hymn and some kind of electronic trance music.  The intro was some unidentifiable noise I couldn’t stand and it continued throughout the song, in the background, although it was all I could seem to hear.  Some people don’t notice or aren’t bothered by repetitive noises like that, but it ruined the whole song for me.  I felt like it would have been a fine song without the on-going electronic humming.  What was that, a kazoo?  Did somebody’s cat sit on the key board?  It sounded like a swarm of bees caught in a lawn mower.

If you’re in the mood for some easy listening, while reading or studying, this I’d recommend putting on the Wish I Was Here soundtrack.  Just skip track 12.  I didn’t bother to see the movie because after reading the premise online, I realized that I already saw Garden State.  This soundtrack is exactly what you would expect to hear of a Zach Braff movie.  For more information on the movie and its soundtrack, check out www.wishiwasheremovie.com.

Midge Ure Announces Select Solo Acoustic North American shows and Latest Release

 

MidgeFans of Ultravox, rejoice. Midge Ure will be releasing, Fragile, his latest album via eOne Music on Tuesday, August 19th. Per Mr. Ure’s press lease, this album contains ten tracks from the various influences spanning his vast career and accomplished guitar work (Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy) to the synth sounds and technology he has utilized since the late 70′s to today (Visage, Ultravox.) Mostly recorded in Ure’s studio in Bath, England (and with Midge at the helm, playing, arranging, producing and engineering), this material is considered a true ‘solo album.’ And lucky for us, a tour will follow. Labeled “The Retro Futura Tour 2014,” the  lineup also includes Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, China Crisis, Katrina of Katrina & The Waves and introducing Right The Stars. Here is the listing of dates:

Aug 19 New York, NY – Iridium

Aug 21 New York, NY - Best Buy Theater

Aug 22 Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre

Aug 23 Brookhaven, NY  - Pennysaver Amphitheater

Aug 24 Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre

Aug 26 Toronto, Canada - Kool Haus

Aug 27 Chicago, IL - Ravinia Festival

Aug 29 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

Aug 30 Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery

Sep 03 Tempe, AZ - The Marquee

Sep 04 San Diego, CA - Humphreys Concerts By the Bay

Sep 05 Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay

Sep 06 Sandy, UT  - Sandy Amphitheatre

Sept 07 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater

Sept 11 – Glen Cove (Long Island) NY – Page One

Sept 12 – New York, NY – Iridium

For more info visit: midgeure.co.uk

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