‘Sweet Novemberi features
Music from the Motion Picture: Sweet
**1/2 (out of 5)
Daily Cougar Staff
The last time actors Keanu Reeves and Charlize
Theron shared the silver screen in The Devilis Advocate; Beelzebub
himself thwarted their relationship.
The two are reunited again in Sweet
November, but only under slightly better circumstances this time. Their
relationship has one major problem: it can only last for a month.
The soundtrack to this guaranteed tearjerker
features an eclectic array of artists including Enya, Barenaked Ladies,
Robbie Williams and Bobby Darin.
Enyais "Only Time," is a hypnotic and ambient
tune about the continuity of time. Music from the Motion Picture: Sweet
November includes a bonus CD-ROM video of this track that shows Enya
walking through a house.
Different scenes in this video feature
falling rose petals, rain, leaves and snow that symbolize the changing
of seasons. Other scenes show an hourglass and falling sand enveloping
the scenery, symbolizing the inevitability of time.
The best song on the soundtrack is "Heart
Door" by Grammy-winning artists Paula Cole and Dolly Parton. The delicate
vocals are wonderfully harmonized and blended with flawless balance. Acoustic
instruments accompany the duet, resulting in a beautifully subtle and sweet
song about self-discovery in the midst of a difficult relationship.
The true tragedy of Sweet November
is not in the storyline. Itis in the lack of quality in the rest of the
Songs on this album from popular artists
Stevie Nicks, k.d. lang, Barenaked Ladies and Robbie Williams are, unfortunately,
not among their better efforts.
In spite of the layers of techno soundbites,
listeners might find themselves disoriented by the woozy, sedated atmosphere
in k.d. langis "The Consequences of Falling." In the remix by Lenny B.,
lang slurs the words, "Are you breathing what Iim breathing/ Are your wishes
the same as mine."
"Off the Hook" by Barenaked Ladies fails
to establish a good musical hook. This song begins with a good drum loop,
but the rest of the song becomes flimsy, with nasal vocals and a whiny
The song includes weak lyrics such as,
"All around the room your things are placed/ And next to you he fills the
space/ And so it seems to you your saving grace is only saving face."
The album takes a turn for the retro with
Robbie Williamsi "Rock DJ." Williamsi annoying rap, accompanied by perky
backup vocals, is solid proof that some disco music is just not good.
In spite of a mostly bad compilation of
tracks, Music from the Motion Picture: Sweet November redeems itself
in the last song, "The Other Half of Me" by Bobby Darin. This classic song
is reminiscent of the days when romance was real and men won womenis hearts
by crooning love songs.