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Amateur: Soundtrack - A Film By Hal Hartley
Jeffrey Taylor, Lydia Kavanagh
Amateur: Soundtrack - A Film By Hal Hartley
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
 
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Although director Hal Hartley has worked with contemporary rock bands before and since (Yo La Tengo, Hub, the Miss Alans), this is his only soundtrack in which they dominate the CD. Here he works with bands that have the s...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Jeffrey Taylor, Lydia Kavanagh
Title: Amateur: Soundtrack - A Film By Hal Hartley
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Matador Records
Release Date: 6/1/1995
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
Styles: By Decade, 1990s
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075679250025, 075679250049, 744861009818, 744861009825

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Although director Hal Hartley has worked with contemporary rock bands before and since (Yo La Tengo, Hub, the Miss Alans), this is his only soundtrack in which they dominate the CD. Here he works with bands that have the same reputation as he does: underground, a little skewed from more popular fare, and critically acclaimed. The only problem is that, at the time of the soundtrack's release, most every track could be found on the individual bands' previous albums; now that some of them have gone out of print, the soundtrack actually works far better. Contributions from Liz Phair, My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo, Bettie Serveert, Pavement, and the Jesus Lizard are standouts on the soundtrack and work even better in the film. The balance of the CD (11 tracks) is filled with Hartley (under the pseudonym Ned Rifle) and Jeffrey Taylor's musical cues and score for the film. It's Hartley's most ethereal sound, featuring keyboards, strings, and vocals, and while it's less pop-oriented than his other work, it's no less arresting. --Randy Silver

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D. P. (MusicMan) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 1/23/2008...
"Hal Hartley'sfilm Amateur was given one of the most effective soundtrack albums of the 1990s. Instead of relying on shoddy leftovers from contemporary hitmakers, Amateur features songs from some of the early '90s' best alternative albums: "Only Shallow" by My Bloody Valentine (from Loveless), "Girls! Girls! Girls!" by Liz Phair (from Exile in Guyville), "Here" by Pavement (from Slanted and Enchanted) and "Water" by PJ Harvey (from Dry). It also includes great tracks by Red House Painters ("Japanese to English") and the Jesus Lizard ("Then Comes Dudley"). In addition to these great previously released songs is the superb score, reminiscent of Brian Eno's Music for Films and co-written by Hartley (under the pseudonym Ned Rifle) and Jeffrey Taylor."
- Brian Flota (AMG music reviewer)

CD Reviews

What a strange world
Bryan Pearson | Albuquerque, NM United States | 11/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was my first Hartley movie, and I think it's a good intro into his particular vision of the world. The singles on this s/t are all strong, but it is the haunting, delicate score that truly transports you, and can easily stand on its own, regardless of whether you see the pic."
Perfect!
Bryan Pearson | 04/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hal Hartley is a genius. Let his full score to the film prove that to you, if the films he writes and directs haven't already. For the longest time I didn't get this soundtrack because I had nearly all of the albums the songs came off of, and didn't know the film score was so much of the cd. It is worth buying just for his incredible score. Although this cd will make you a fan of the individual bands as well! Its right up there with his other soundtracks...maybe even his best."