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Before Night Falls
Genres: World Music, Pop, Soundtracks
Julian Schnabel's film biography of Cuban poet-novelist Reinaldo Arenas yields a most evocative, joyful soundtrack album. Rather than stick to one style--mambo, say, or Buena Vista-style folk--Before Night Falls samples a ... more »
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Julian Schnabel's film biography of Cuban poet-novelist Reinaldo Arenas yields a most evocative, joyful soundtrack album. Rather than stick to one style--mambo, say, or Buena Vista-style folk--Before Night Falls samples a number of island genres, focusing on the driving dance music of bandleader Beny More and the lyrical acoustic gems of Trio Matamoros. In addition to those tracks, the album also offers a buoyant, cool jazz-inflected cut by Bebo Valdes, a florid Ernesto Lecuona piano solo, and a hushed ballad by Bola de Nieve. The CD's winding tour of moods and sounds goes off track only near the end, when score composer Carter Burwell takes over the proceedings. Still and all, this is one of those movie-related discs that stands as an excellent long-player on its own. --Rickey Wright
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Edwin Feliu | 02/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just bought this today, the day of its release, and have been playing it repeatedly for the past hours--I simply cannot get tired of the beautiful, stirring Cuban classics in this marvelous compilation, which even includes the whistling heard throughout that wonderful movie's closing track and two compositions by Carter Burwell. This CD, like Julian Scnabel's stirring cinematographical tribute, has managed to capture the sheer beauty of Reinaldo Arenas memoir, by far one of the most astonishing testaments to the triumph of life in the face of utmost horror and opprssion. Every single track--EVERY SINGLE TRACK--in here is an utter joy. I am Puerto Rican and own many, many compilations of this genre, but this is definitely the best. In fact, singling out songs seems a grave injustice, although those which keep speaking to me are the Beny More tracks, Pedro Luis Ferrer's "Ay Mariposa," Bola de Nieve's "Porque me la dejaste querer?," and the lead track, Guayabero's "El Tumbaito." This CD, along with Arenas' memoir and Schnabel's movie, has made my YEAR. Things like these make the hardships of life bearable. Gracias, Reinaldo; gracias, Julian."
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Bicho raro | Jersey City, NJ United States | 11/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are so many beautiful songs on this soundtrack.
I just miss the music that plays in the movie where Reinaldo and Pepe drive down in the evening on their way to the club, and it plays all the way to the end of the club scene.
The poem by Reinaldo (read by the actor Javier Bardem) is haunting and breaks your heart in the movie, and it nicely completes the CD. It is a part of the soundtrack. It's just read not sung.
This is a beautiful CD."
M. Bishop | Rio de Janeiro | 02/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"At first listen I was somewhat dissapointed, hoping to find more of the original soundtrack music on it but...there are some real gems here in the Cuban repetoire and this has become one of my favorites. Check out Ay Mariposa by Pedro Ferrer and Por Que Me La Dejaste Querer? by Bola de Nieve, Carter Burwell's original soundtrack piece 'Baloon Escape' and Kamata Mariyam by Fairuz. I would only question the voice over at the end of the record... I don't know why producers never seem to understand that when we buy soundtracks we want to hear music not dialog excerpts."