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Veronica Guernin [Soundtrack, Import]

Harry Gregson-Williams Audio CD

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1. One More Day - Sinead O'Connor
2. Dublin 1996
3. Driving
4. Preparations
5. The Killing
6. Research
7. Traynor Lies
8. The Beating
9. Conversations
10. First Warning
11. Bad News - Brian O'Donnell
12. Second Warning
13. Deceit
14. Never Show Your Fear
15. The Funeral - Sinead O'Connor

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  25 reviews
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O'Connor makes it worth the price 17 Oct 2003
By "troytron" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent soundtrack to grace the upcoming Cate Blanchette vehicle, 'Veronica Guerin,' which chronicles the true-crime story of the film's namesake heroine -- an intrepid Irish reporter who tackles the Emerald Isle Mafia in an attempt to get the ultimate story...and tragically loses her life. I realize this is a bit of a spoiler, but if the film details all of Ms. Guerin's incredible adventures while on her *way* to death, then the film will be superb. Let's face it, anything Cate Blanchette touches with her thespian wand is turned into some form of gold. The same applies to this wonderful soundtrack: any project Sinead O'Connor deems worthy enough to lend her archangelic pipes to has got to be pretty solid. The album opens and closes with one of her most affecting and gut-wrenching songs ever...the stunning "One Day," which, if it is not a massive hit at least in Ireland, I'll eat a bowl of Lucky Charms -- and trust me: I don't DO Lucky Charms. She ends the record with "The Funeral," an apparently gaelic version of the first song which, given the fact she's already wrenched your guts out with the opening track, decides to go the whole hog and remove your very heart as well. In between, we have mood music fit for an exciting and melancholy true-crime story -- lots of broody strings ideal for a fog-swagged day, probably like the one in which Veronica Guerin, poor soul, was murdered at a stoplight by the evildoers who were intent upon silencing her forever. This is a soundtrack to make you very sad, with those little bits of triumph hanging, ghost-like, at the edges of your feelings. Buy it and listen to it in the rain, or as you go to bed. Your dreams will be loaded with phantoms.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful 15 Aug 2004
By Kathleen A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having heard of Veronica Guerin's death but knowing little about her life or work, I was very interested in seeing the film. Having Cate Blanchett in the title role was great casting and she is a treat to watch! She's so extremely talented and I don't think she's ever been better than in this role. Watching the movie and hearing the music, I knew I had to purchase the soundtrack and I'm very glad I did. Harry Gregson-Williams has created a memorable, hauntingly beautiful soundtrack and I can't help but play it over and over again. Listening to young Brian O'Donnell's SMASHING performance can send chills running down your spine and makes me think of the innocence and youth of those young people in the film whose lives were shattered by drugs. I loved reading the story of the monumental efforts it took to track down Brian after Mr. Gregson-Williams heard him singing on the streets of Dublin - it was well worth it! Sinead O'Connor's contributions should be applauded as well and greatly add to the success of the soundtrack. Unfortunately, and maddingly, it took Ms Guerin's death for the authorities to quickly change the regulations that led to increased exposure in the press and the authorities being able to apprehend the drug lords and bring them to justice. She should be honored for her tenacity and sacrifice and both the film and soundtrack are worthy memorials to her.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid soundtrack - plus Sinead O'Connor 8 Feb 2005
By Just Pat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack contains some really nice work based on traditional Irish folk music that really hit the perfect mood for the film. It is bookended by Sinead O'Connor's performances on "One More Day" and "The Funeral" (the same tune - but in the the latter the lyrics are entirely in Gaelic). I bought the CD for those alone.

I can only describe the impact of the song in terms of its effect in the film. For someone outside the Irish culture in which it took place, Veronica Guerin's story does not have the impact that it did in Ireland. By the end of the film, though I was saddened by what I had seen, I was mostly left wondering what had really motivated this woman to pursue her expose of the Irish drug trade to the point of sacrificing her life. The film never makes this clear, probably because no one really knows. In any case, I think this is why it didn't fare well popularly in the U.S.

What was made clear was the impact of Veronica Guerin's murder in Ireland. It gripped the nation in a wave of grief and outrage that I imagine can only compare to the Kennedy assassination in America. Again, as an outsider, this was just an interesting fact - until Sinead O'Connor's performance of "The Funeral" in the final scene made it a visceral reality! As the scene of the funeral procession unfolded, my heart heard the lament of a nation in this haunting melody and I was effectively drawn in to share in their grief, suddenly no longer a mere dispassionate observer. For me it was an unusually affecting moment in film that I will not soon forget, and it made this CD a must-have.

The song stands very well on its own and is well supported by the rest of the soundtrack. Highly recommended for its own sake - but do see the film if you haven't!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack - Great Movie - Great Actress 17 Aug 2005
By Music Maven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To echo the other reviewers on this page, Sinead O'Conner's rendition of "One More Day" is more than worth the price of this soundtrack. Pure and simple, it is one of the most eloquently beautiful songs I've ever heard. The all too brief Gaelic version which ends this film is so haunting that you'll find yourself totally spellbound by it and the imagery which goes with it. If a tear or two doesn't come to your eye, you, my friend, are not human.

While you're lurking about Amazon.com, don't forget to pick up the DVD of this incredible film. As long as Cate Blanchett walks the face of the earth, no one should ever plan on picking up a Best Actress Oscar. Why Ms. Blanchett did not win an Academy Award for this performance defies logic.

Suffice to say you will not feel cheated if you purchase both the soundtrack CD and the DVD of "Veronica Guerin". They've both been grossly underrated. If I could give them both 10 stars, I would. Amazingly good!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music to and underrated movie 28 Dec 2004
By Patricia Huerta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Veronica Guerin is a good movie, to put it simple. It's not ambitious and it surely fulfills its purpose, to tell the story of a very determined woman, to all of us who had no idea of who she was. This soundtrack is just amazing, it captures the essence of Irish Life and the basic tone of it is very sad and melancholic. The first and last tracks are performed by Sinéad O'Connor and they are so rich and full of emotions even if you don't understand much of it since part of the lyrics is in Gaelic. If you liked the movie tou got to have this CD. If you didn't see the movie, find it it's worth at least renting it. Either choice, this CD is great when you just want some nice music as background when you want to concentrate or don't want to be disturbed, but you certainly don't enjoy silence.
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