- Audio CD (17 Jun. 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B0000647KC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Long Walk Home - Music From Rabbit-Proof Fence Soundtrack
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Peter GABRIEL The Long Walk Home - Rabbit Proof Fence CD
Aside from a multimedia pastiche he did for the millennium celebration, this soundtrack for Philip Noyce's film, Rabbit-Proof Fence, marks Peter Gabriel's first full slate of original recordings in nearly a decade. In the meantime, Gabriel's globally ambitious Real World musical mini-empire has taken precedence; the knowledge the musician gleaned there is immediately apparent in his film cues here. While the booming electro-tribal rhythms of previous Gabriel work come instantly into play, there's a sense of spacious mystery that's perfectly emblematic of the story's Australian outback setting. Gabriel's penchant for dense aural construction gives way to an ambient soundscape punctuated by Aboriginal percussion, didgeridoo, and bird song, and occasionally washed over by lolling tides of synth and samples. It's an atmosphere that, like the Aboriginal world it evokes, is nearly devoid of traditional melody, but one infused with a gripping, almost subliminal power. "Cloudless" then brings in haunting indigenous voices as well, intertwining them with a wordless, Westernised choral to emphasise Gabriel's compelling world music vision. --Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
Jigalong, Running to the Rain, The Recapture of Gracie, The Return and the closing Cloudless are the standouts, each possessed of a truly shiver-inducing melody, and the interim pieces connect perfectly. There is no weak link here whatsoever (the same cannot be said of Passion, Birdy, or Ovo). The recycling of the melody of 'The Nest that Sailed the Sky', from the Ovo album, is the only questionable moment, but it still fits in seamlessly, of course.
A definite grower. Do not believe the hacks in the music press, who doubtless have listened to this beautiful record once, comprehensively missed the point and awarded it a low mark out of five/ten (a childish way to judge art in any case) - trust your own ears, and let Long Walk Home work its slow, gentle magic on you. The rewards will be immense.
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Stands up as an album in it's own right, not just a soundtrack for a very good film based on a true harrowing story. Possibly where the idea for the fictional Walkabout by Peter Weir came from?
A definite, five star must buy.
Very Highly Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Truly gorgeous soundtrack... deep thoughtful music supporting one of the most amazing true life stories ever told.. If you like Gabriel you will like this..Published on 1 Aug. 2013 by william simpson