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CD REVIEW: Frida – soundtrack
By Ben Ohmart - 12/10/2002 - 02:59 PM EST

Artist: Frida
Album: soundtrack
CD Review: Here’s a different kind of soundtrack album. Frida. Latin. ‘The film, directed by Julie Taymor, tells the story of Kahlo (Salma Hayek), focusing on her often rocky relationship with husband Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), and their place in Mexican society.’

Unless otherwise stated, this music is from Elliot Goldenthal:

1. Benediction And Dream - Lila Downs
2. Floating Bed, The
3. El Conejo - Los Cojolites
4. Paloma Negra - Chavela Vargas
5. Self-Portrait With Hair Down
6. Alcoba Azul - Lila Downs
7. Carabina 30/30 - El Poder Del Norte
8. Solo Tu
9. El Gusto - Trio Huasteco Caimanes De Tamuin
10. Journey, The
11. El Antifaz - Liberacion/Miguel Galindo/Alejandro Marehuala/Gerardo Garcia
12. Suicide Of Dorothy Hale, The
13. La Cavalera
14. La Bruja - Salma Hayek/Los Vega
15. Portrait Of Lupe
16. La Llorona - Chavela Vargas
17. Estrella Oscura - Lila Downs
18. Still Life
19. Viva La Vida - Trio/Marimberos
20. Departure, The
21. Coyoacan And Variations
22. La Llorona - Lila Downs/Mariachi Juvenil De Tecalitlan
23. Burning Bed
24. Burn It Blue - Caetano Veloso/Lila Downs

It is a beautiful soundtrack and score, going on for 52 minutes, but with this amount of variety of genre sound, it seems like much more than an hour. It is a journey. It’s also an enhanced cd, with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with composer Goldenthal and director Taymor. Really worth the price – it’s hard to say that about most soundtracks these days.

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