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Flood
Jocelyn Pook
Flood
Genres: New Age, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Classical
 
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On Flood, we join British composer Jocelyn Pook as witnesses to a catastrophe, transfixed by its totality, muted by its incalculable human toll. Pook's faintly beautiful, profoundly sad music is all that hovers above her a...  more »

     
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All Artists: Jocelyn Pook
Title: Flood
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Virgin Records Us
Release Date: 9/6/1999
Genres: New Age, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Classical
Style: Meditation
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724384815028, 0724384815059, 724384815059

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On Flood, we join British composer Jocelyn Pook as witnesses to a catastrophe, transfixed by its totality, muted by its incalculable human toll. Pook's faintly beautiful, profoundly sad music is all that hovers above her ashen, apocalyptic landscapes, one we dare not survey too long, it seems, lest we suffer the fate of Lot's wife. Pook's ability to summon such imagery--via patient, edgy, atmospheric use of voice, strings (viola, violins, cello), and electronics--is what led film director Stanley Kubrick to invite Pook's participation on the original soundtrack for Eyes Wide Shut. First released in 1997, Flood contains two selections that were modified for the film: "Migrations," a hypnotic work with Middle Eastern textures and Persian vocalists, heard during the film's orgy scenes, and "Masked Ball," where Pook achieves an ominous effect by playing the chants of Romanian priests in reverse. The album's most arresting work may be "Oppenheimer," an evolving, multicultural choral requiem prefaced by a reflection on Hindu scripture spoken Robert Oppenheimer, an inventor of the atomic bomb. It is affectingly reprised in the album's haunting final track. A bleak and somber work, and an utterly absorbing one. --Terry Wood

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Superb mix of global non secular musical denominations
radiobjork | 10/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first heard Ms. Pook's music on the "Eyes Wide Shut" soundtrack (the masquerade ball scene) and was blown away; if ever there was a necessity for music to permeate a scene in a film this was it. She incorporates a blend of the traditional songs from faiths across continents and mixes them, for lack of a better comparison than similar to your quintessential raver d.j. (though these are better and definitively more original :) "Oppenheimer" is my favorite, and if you let the last track run for a few minutes a portion of the song will play once more. I can't wait to hear more of her stuff - these hymns are awesome."
Wow!
radiobjork | Nasonville, RI United States | 07/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had heard some of the RA samples on amazon.com, and I was blown away by how rich the music was, even on a bad quality clip. It's nothing compared to listening to the CD in a massive stereo. The music resonates through your ears and fills your soul with this energy that just overflows through you. The most powerful song, I think, is "Blow The Wind/Pie Jesu". It amazes me how two different songs can blend and dance together through your mind. Especially around 1:15 when the music blends with "Dona Eis Requiem". "Masked Ball", used in EYES WIDE SHUT, is the extended version, and is twice as long as the one on the EWS soundtrack. At first, the two minutes or so of ominous music gets tedious, but then the tenor voice comes in and the organ/keyboard cresendos to a powerful backing for the singers. This is repeated, forming the length of the song. "Oppenheimer" and "Flood" are also excpetional. Jocelyn Pook weaves here, a dreamscape of rich music that blows you away with its deiversity and melencholy beauty. A winner!"
The Queen of Rich Music
tatiana mamaeva | 03/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is an almost religous experience. Ms. Pook, besides being a phenomenol musician and vocalist, is a trailblazing pioneer in her genre (which is basically just her). For an excursion to a future that is still steeped in the past check out this disk."