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Feast Of Love : Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records


The soundtrack to the movie Feast Of Love delivers an array of folk, roots rock, and country which gives the soundtrack a Midwestern feel. That is so ironic considering that many of the tracks were done by artists from the British Isles including "Your Love Is Mine" a duet with England's The Mastersounds and Corinne Rae-Bailey, "Falling Slowly" by Ireland's The Frames, and "Turn" by Scotland's Travis. A lot of the songs present a quiet, dormant setting touched up by light rustling movements and dainty billowing synth sweeps. Jeff Buckley performs a remake of Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah" with a very impressive vocal palette, and Z Trip vs. Run Run Run's rendition of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" complements the synth-pop rolls and digital beats with folksy toned vocals comparable to Daedelus. The rhythmic incisions move the track along briskly while imprinting a vivid image in the listener's mind about unresolved emotions that are binding on the heart.

Other tracks that invoke heartfelt sensations on the listener is Cary Brothers' alternative folk tune "Honestly" which projects a romantic aura in the swooning guitar strums and M. Ward's "Post War" which purports contemplative tones and gentle chord silhouettes reflective of Amos Lee. Jaime Wyatt induces more peppiness in her neo-folk palpitations on "Wicked World" with a cozy hominess, and the roots rock voicing and soft flowing guitar transitions from Pete Droge on "Under The Waves" is so similar to '70's folk artists like Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Chapin, and Jim Croce that it was spooky hearing Droge perform this track with such a retro-folk feel. The sparse country-folk melody of "Daylight Savings" played by Goh Nakamura has a hypnotic sleepiness while the alternative rock tremors radiating from the guitar progressions on "Turn" by Travis are creased with echoing vocal channels worthy of Live and Tonic. It is a wake up and get you going type of track, whereas The Frames tune "Falling Slowly," which is also featured in the movie Once, serves this movie in a pensive way. Glen Hansard's gritty, shaky vocals merge into the melodic folds like waves rolling onto the beach. He has an instinct for touching the music chords with words that stick in the listener's mind like "Take this sinking boat and point it home.".

The soundtrack welcomes veteran roots rocker Rocco DeLuca on the song "Dillon" which culls quaint acoustic guitar turns and soft gliding vocals. The album also has a number of new artists like the country-pop bard Zach Broocke whose song "Pullin' Up The Drive" has catchy melodic hooks and misty vocals creating a somber mood. The neo-folk idioms on "Age Of Consent" by John Linton dons fluid recurring riffs while Linton's vocals could double for Blue October's singer Justin Furstenfeld. The synth-pop melody "You Alone" from Alt-Ctrl-Sleep has a caressing drift reminiscent of The Unicorns while the limbering movements of "Ghost" by Darren Smith has an alternative country daze.

The final track concludes the album with an orchestral ensemble composed by Stephen Trask entitled simply "Suite." It is a sweet piece exuding both happiness and tragedy coursing through the melodic lines. It feels like a very soulful piece. The music is deeply emotionally as it soothes and fires up from one interval to the next, making seamless transitions in the threading. It is one of those orchestral pieces that you don't forget. It completes the soundtrack by bringing everything together - the roots rock, country, folk, and synth-pop into orchestral crescents. I don't know if the movie has a good ending but the soundtrack does.

-Susan Frances


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