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END OF VIOLENCE: SOUNDTRACK

CD Soundtrack Review
By Lynden Barber

THE END OF VIOLENCE
Songs from the Motion Picture Soundtrack (Various Artists). Outpost Recordings. OPRD 30008.

Just to confuse listeners, there are two soundtrack CDs for the new Wim Wenders film (release date, January 8, 98). The first is an original score written and performed by Ry Cooder, Jon Hassell, Flaco Jiminez and Howie B. (and possibly others), while the second is this collection of songs drawn from country (Whiskeytown; Michael Stipe and Vic Chestnutt), Latin (Los Lobos), and acid jazz (Medeski Martin & Wood) among other genres. Wenders takes a credit as executive music producer and the songs, with the obvious exception of Roy Orbison's Brian Eno-produced "You May Feel me Crying", appear to have been recorded specially for the album, in the tradition of Wenders's Until the End of the World (what is it, you may ask, about Wenders movies with "End' in the title?).

"A highly enjoyable album"

In lesser hands this might all have been a mess, yet the consistently high quality of the material, plus its overall spaciousness and pensiveness of mood, make for a highly enjoyable album. Ry Cooder renews the fruitful relationship he established with Wenders on Paris Texas with the atmospherically bluesy opening track, "Define Violence" (sounding not unlike his great electric theme tune for Walter Hill's Last Man Standing) and samplerdelic king, DJ Shadow, comes up with a typically unclassifiable piece using teeth-grinding organ and John Bonham-esque drum thunder. Also present are U2 with Sinead O'Connor on vocals, Tom Waits, Spain and the great experimental Latin studio band, Latin Playboys (which includes members of Los Lobos with producer Mitchell Froom). A review of the original score will follow as soon as I get my hands on a copy.
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THE END OF VIOLENCE
The Film

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: January 8, 1998

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Globe


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