Grizzly Man Soundtrack
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Composer and performer of Front Parlour Ballads, Richard Thompson, has scored the new film by Werner Herzog. In this mesmerizing new film Grizzly Man, acclaimed director Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell. Treadwell lived unarmed among the bears for thirteen summers, and filmed his adventures in the wild during his final five seasons. In October 2003, Treadwell's remains, along with those of his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, were discovered near their campsite in Alaska's Katmai National Park and Reserve. They had been mauled and devoured by a grizzly, the first known victims of a bear attack in the park. (The bear suspected of the killings was later shot by park officials.) In Grizzly Man, Herzog plumbs not only the mystery of wild nature, but also the mystery of human nature as he chronicles Treadwell's final years in the wilderness. Herzog uses Treadwell's own startling documentary footage to paint a nuanced portrait of a complex and compelling figure while exploring larger questions about the uneasy relationship between man and nature.
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This is effectively an instrumental album. There is a track in which Timothy Treadwell (the subject of Herzog's film) tells his own story in a rather unsettling staccato narration and the closing song Coyotes is a classic country number sung by Don Edwards, but other than that it's Thompson's guitar with minimal accompaniment and a couple of discordant cello tracks. Thompson, of course, is superb and the music he produces (largely improvised) is very beautiful in places. The whole thing has an almost ambient feel to it much of the time and, while I'll happily listen to anything the man does, it doesn't grip the attention in the way a fully crafted album of his own songs does. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it, but it's not an album I choose to listen to repeatedly as I do with plenty of his others.
In the end, it depends on what you want. This is very nice, quite gentle guitar music for the most part (although the cello pieces are anything but gentle and personally I find them almost unlistenable). As relaxing background music it's excellent - beautifully played and very well done all round. Just be aware that it's a long way from Old Kit Bag, Mock Tudor, Electric or Still, for example, and for me it's very good for what it is, but not a Richard Thompson classic by any means.
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