Young. Jarmusch. Johnny Depp. William Blake. Westerns... Grunge. Get ready. So if you're into both Neil Young's signature electric-guitar skronk and...
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Young. Jarmusch. Johnny Depp. William Blake. Westerns... Grunge. Get ready.
So if you're into both Neil Young's signature electric-guitar skronk and Jim Jarmusch's 1995 film 'Dead Man', then this is a double treat for you, as the soundtrack features all instrumental pieces provided by Young interspersed with memorable movie sound bites.
Young plays with a haunting despondence throughout, turning up "Old Black" (his famous Les Paul guitar) to create an exaggerated feedback that he wouldn't fully utilize until 15 years later on 2010's 'Le Noise'. "Guitar Solo, No. 1" opens with slowly stuttered riffs falling like heavy raindrops before "Guitar Solo, No. 2" builds up swells of moody depth as Young rides out each take with low-string rumblings and airy arpeggios.
Since 'Dead Man' was tracked at a time when Young was crowned the "Godfather of Grunge," certain parts play with a detuned distortion distinctive of the era — especially "Guitar Solo, No. 3," riffing with a reverberated crunch that echoes what was happening in the Pacific Northwest at the time. With "Organ Solo" Young plays the pulsing drones of an antiquated pump-organ, squeezing out melancholic notes that oscillate in rich tones and beautiful textures.
Also, it's got Johnny Depp and chums reciting William Blake poems in it.
1. Guitar Solo, No. 1 2. The Round Stones Beneath the Earth 3. Guitar Solo, No. 2 4. Why Dost Thou Hide Thyself in Clouds 5. Organ Solo 6. Do You Know How to Use This Weapon? 7. Guitar Solo, No. 3 8. Nobody's Story 9. Guitar Solo, No. 4 10. Stupid White Men... 11. Guitar Solo, No. 5 12. Time for You to Leave, William Blake... 13. Guitar Solo, No. 6