Original Score

The Life of David Gale [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Director Alan Parker's The Life of David Gale is a drama about an opponent of the death penalty who, ironically, finds himself on death row. For the score, Parker employed his two musician sons, Jake Parker, who is classically trained, and Alex Parker, an audio engineer and multi-instrumentalist whose field is popular music. The two trade off on different aspects of the thriller, with Jake Parker, for example, writing the sad, stately orchestral piece that is the title track, while Alex Parker writes and performs the funky theme song "Another Bleeding Heart," which has some of the gritty feel of A3's "Woke up This Morning" (used as the theme for The Sopranos). Much of the score reflects the suspenseful aspects of the plot, no matter which Parker son is contributing. And then there are examples of source music such as Correo Aereo's "La Peña Huasteca" and Toni Price's "Just to Hear Your Voice," with the whole thing ending on the aria "Tu Che Di Gel Sei Cinta" from Puccini's opera Turandot. It's a mixture of music that may work in individual moments during the film and as a souvenir of the film, but that seems random as a purely aural experience, a typical weakness of soundtrack albums. [The CD has been enhanced to include the film's trailer, playable on computer.]

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