Original Soundtrack

In the Mood for Love [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Higher Octave Music keeps expanding its scope beyond its original new age intentions, and that includes the Omtown imprint, featuring such unique projects as this eclectic soundtrack to the Wong Kar-wai film. The director sought to convey the sounds of the Hong Kong of his youth with this soundtrack, which included Western and Latin music, including songs by Nat King Cole. Cole fanatics will appreciate this collection for his renditions of "Aquellos Ojos Verdes" and "Te Quiero Dijiste," but there are other highlights which evoke the film's moody, mystery-laden atmosphere. Umebayashi Shigeru's "Yumeji's Theme" has a classical Schindler's List-type ring to it, while Michael Galasso's "Angkor Wat Theme I" and "ITMFL I" are lyrical and haunting. His exotic, atmospheric "Casanova's Flute" comes later in the disc, reflecting some of the film's creepier elements. Fans of Asian language films may also enjoy the bits of dialogue, even if the English speakers among us are largely in the dark. Many films have accompanying soundtracks just to spawn hits, but, in this case, the tracks are all true reflections of the unique flavors of the movie.

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