- Audio CD (30 May 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Island
- ASIN: B00004RBXQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack
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The soundtrack to a Wim Wenders joint is often as creative and satisfying as the movie itself (see Until the End of the World and Wings of Desire), serving not only as a companion to the film but as a standalone work of art. The Million Dollar Hotel is no exception, indeed it ups the ante. The film is based on a story conceived and written in part by U2's Bono, and his influence is all over the score. U2 contribute three stunning songs, most notably a collaboration with Daniel Lanois: "The Ground Beneath Her Feet", a soaring pop ballad with lyrics penned by writer Salman Rushdie that stands among the best U2 cuts ever recorded. In addition, Bono joins the all-star "Million Dollar Band" (comprising Mr Fly himself, Daniel Lanois, Bill Frisell, Brian Eno and others) for a host of great tracks, including the ethereal groove of "Never Let Me Go". And if that isn't enough, The Million Dollar Hotel also features a duet between Brad Mehldau and Frisell ("Tom Tom's Room"), a surprisingly smoky cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" by model-actress-chanteuse Milla Jovovich and a raved-up, Americanised, Spanish-language version of the Sex Pistol's "Anarchy in the UK" ("Anarchy in the USA") sung by Tito Larriva with the Million Dollar Band. Despite such a wide-ranging host of contributors, Bono's sure hand keeps the album within the same emotional spectrum, coloured by a kind of melancholic longing and a wistful wonder, resulting in one of the best and most original soundtracks ever recorded. --Tod Nelson
Top Customer Reviews
U2 were rebuilding themselves at the time that 'TMDH' was released and this work-in-process is present in the song 'Stateless' a disctinctly relaxed U2 song which fits perfectly into the narrative of the film. 'The Ground Beneath Her Feet' is another collaboration, this time with writer Salman Rushdie, but a much fuller song which works to a crescendo which make the hairs on the back of many necks stand on end.
This soundtrack, unlike many, avoids dubious filler. The three versions of 'Satellite of Love' are all distinct enough to not feel intransient. Other shorter instrumental tracks, like the reprise to U2 classic 'The First Time', reflect the lethargic atmosphere of the film. This is a great album to lie back and zone out to. The closing track, a Spanish language (I think) cover of The Sex Pistols is the final of innumerous intertextual touches.
If you have not already got the film, then get a hold of it. If you have the film or have seen it, then this album is a must-buy.
Vought second hand so no regrets! Wouldn't pay full price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this album, the soundscape and the music.
The only problem is that there is a horrible sound within the mix during the whole album which is really annoying and makes it... Read more
This is a brilliant album from U2. The Ground beneath her feet is a moving track that I could listen to forever! I can't wait for U2's new album, they never dissapoint. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2000