The Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack
Appealing but subdued, as if deep down, they know they're gilding a turkey.More on
Having seen the movie, this soundtrack triggers nothing but unpleasant associations. However, for those lucky enough not to have seen it, this should prove a pleasant enough, if inessential stretch of sophisticated easy listening.
Two new U2 tracks are featured here. Given, however, that they've got their own album proper due for release this year, it's unsurprising that both are B-plus B-side fare. 'The Ground Beneath Her Feet' is co-written by Salman Rushdie, a wide-eyed romantic conceit that shows Rushdie to be as adequate a lyricist as he is a novelist. Daniel Lanois adds some tasteful touches of pedal steel guitar and, as is wont in such exalted musical company, Bono just about manages to temper his usual phlegm-soaked, over-declarative holler. 'Stateless' is better, though similarly low-gear.
The rest of the album is given over to the illustrative doodles of The Million Dollar Hotel Band, featuring Eno on synthesisers, Jon Hassell on trumpet and Bill Frisell on guitar. The strangely muted sounds of Hassell's horn and the decaying, jazzy tones of Frisell's fretboard make for the most appealing combinations, on 'Bathtub' and 'Amsterdam Blue'.
Appealing but subdued, as if deep down, they know they're gilding a turkey. Less memorable are Milla Jovovich's blank version of Lou Reed's 'Satellite Of Love' and a silly take on 'Anarchy In The UK' featuring actor Tito Larriva, typical of the misguided self-indulgence which gave rise to the original film project.
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