Friday, October 19, 2007

Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild

Eddie Vedder's continued relevance in both music and society leaves him peerless. Vedder's work with Pearl Jam is built around refusing others expectations, and it has placed them ahead of the pack for the last seventeen years. Sean Penn is a talent that cannot be stopped. Within the last decade he has insured his position in the canon of legendary actors, and begun to explore his role as screenwriter/ director. Together, Vedder and Penn have captured the ideology, beauty and tragedy of a life not meant for the set path.

Into the Wild finds its balance by alternating between scenes of extreme isolation, and empathetic slices of society. The moments of beautiful scenery and exploration are a perfect canvas for musici
ans, and Eddie Vedder takes full advantage of the opportunity. Songs like "No Ceiling" and "Society" take me immediately back into the film, and stir up the same emotions. It's truly an auditory journey through the tale of Christopher McCandless. Read the book, watch the film, hear the album.

[www] Eddie Vedder - Society

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Anonymous cameron said...

I thought the soundtrack to this movie was its biggest blunder. Eddie came off too sappy and preachy and the songs seemed really disjointed from the on-screen imagery. I usually love vedder but not for this movie. Luckily, the soundtrack was forgettable enough to enjoy the movie as a whole.

2:42 PM  
Blogger BWH999 said...

Well obviously I disagree, but totally respect your opinion on the matter.

I did think that some of the disjointedness came from the hard transitions between scenes in civilization and wilderness. It was a hard thing for Penn to pull off, and to me it just didn't work every time.

However, everything in the film had heart, and I'm always willing to forgive (small) mistakes when heart is present.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the author of this blog. The range and depth of this soundtrack are remarkable, particularly if you consider the songs' lyrical content. It's not easy for any songwriter to compose narrative songs, period. But to compose songs that are both narrative AND relevant to a motion picture while retaining a thoroughness and consistency of tone is near impossible. Of course you can find fault with a project with this type of ambition. Of course.

On a side note, I read "Into the Wild" and the song "Society" is perfect for this story -- to the extent that Vedder seems to be channeling McCandless. Listening to this song, with its lyrical depth and Vedder's voice, puts the listener into the mind of McCandless.

So, haters, step off.

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Rex said...

While Eddie occasionally strapped on an axe with Pearl Jam, I am blown away at his musicianship on this album as he played all of the instruments himself. A star is "re-born!"

And I cannot stop listening to "Hard Sun."

4:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People should not be concerned with cameron's comment, nor should it be the first one posted on this site. I feel as though no better music could have possibly been scored for this film or even the story itself. It is as though Vedder has connected with Chris McCandless and composed the music he would have wanted Vedder to compose. That being said, those with negative thoughts, piss off. It is just good heart-felt music.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love, love, LOVE this album! I just can't wait to get in my car and drive..... Montana roads, Eddie Vedder and his raw, sincere presence.... Life is good.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Viagra Online said...

is good to see that good artist never give up, after all the success that this men obtained with Perl Jam, he still his own career, go ahead Eddie!!!

7:37 AM  

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