Monday, 18 February 2013 10:15

West of Memphis: Voices For Justice - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

A compilation of odd covers and old releases

West of Memphis

Text: Sherman Yang

Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, performs a cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Mother’. The track is about an overprotective mother who controls everything that her child does. With lyrics that go “Mama’s gonna make all your nightmares come true”, you would think that the mother was evil. Maines however manages to put so much raw emotion into the song that the mother sounds like an angel.

Unlike what its title suggests, ‘Joy’ is anything but joyful. The song is about someone stealing your joy and you’re on the hunt for your joy again. While the repetitive lyrics might get on your nerves after a while, the emotions in Lucinda Williams’ vocals brings out the angst in the song.

Mumford and Sons’ ‘Little Lion Man’ is transformed into an odd, almost goth sounding track by Tonto’s ‘Got Nuts’. Johnny Depp and Bruce Witkin are also featured in the track as well. The lovely Mumford and Sons’ song was somehow transformed into a tragic-sounding track.

A ‘live’ version of Band Of Horses’ ‘Dumpster World’ is also featured on the album. The track showcases the band’s vocal capabilities but what makes it peculiar is the fact that producers decided to put the ‘live’ version instead of the studio recording. The vocals would have been more perfect and the track would not be marred with audience sounds. Either way, the Band Of Horses still manage to bring life to an otherwise disappointing album.

Recommended tracks: Mother, Dumpster World

Rating: 2/5

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