on 17 April 2009
while the tide does seem to be changing for the better, much of the accompanying music on cycling dvd and video was, at one time, crass to put not too fine a point on it. granted, in the world of low or non-existent budgets, it can be hard to find appropriate, royalty free music in the length and quantity required, but the directors of road to roubaix had the great perspicacity, and presumably the budget, to commission mr o'brien to write music specifically for the charge across the cobbles, and a more suitable accompaniment it would be hard to find. however, there can't be many of us who have not enjoyed a movie so much that we rushed out to buy the soundtrack only to find that it carries a lot less weight when there are no pictures to aid the meme.
i am now on my second time through the nine tracks of which the original motion picture soundtrack consists, and there will probably be a third time when this round finishes. of course you can preview a short section of each track on amazon, but if you have had any exposure to the music of steve reich, philip glass, or john adams, then you're half way to understanding the style of which this inhabits. if you are already in possession of the dvd, or were fortunate enough to watch on the big screen, it should be a no-brainer to click over to download for pleasurable listening, while thinking about those cobbles