Pedro Almodóvar

Viva la Tristeza!

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Apart from being an exceptional collection of music, Viva la Tristeza! comes wrapped in a rather novel concept. These songs accompanied revered Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Pedro Almodovar as he conceived the script for 2002's Talk to Her, and provide an additional dimension and a unique insight through his liner notes, which also function as a lulling yet emotionally powerful listen that would have significant impact free of context. There is little overlap between this disc and the official soundtrack; only Caetano Veloso' s "Cucurrucucú Paloma" is reprised. The selections, ranging from the torchy pop/noir of Goldfrapp's "Paper Bag," to Jimmy Scott's spare, wrenching, version of "Nothing Compares 2 U," to Ana D's disarmingly hypnotic "Me Quedo Contigo," have significant ties to the film, whether there are lyrical connections or complementary instrumental tones. Despite the fact that the majority of these songs are not featured in Talk to Her, this disc is, in many ways, a more valuable accessory than the official soundtrack.

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