Best Albums of 2007 - No.8
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
I have never before bought an album of Nick Cave. I have always respected his talent and importance in music but he was never "it" for me. This album is something else though. A good friend told me about it (thanks Indiktos), I looked for it, found it and was instantly hooked. Chilling to the bone, melancholy and sad, it overwhelmed me and had me in tears by the time it ended. I was lucky enough to see the film during Thessaloniki's International Film Festival, where we met the director Andrew Dominik and one of the stars, Sam Rockwell. During the film, I had the same sensation regarding its music that I had with the music of Brokeback Mountain: it is intrinsically linked to the film but can very well stand on its own on repeat listening. Each theme has its own strength and is instantly recognizable, with "Song For Jesse" being the most prominent, naturally. The music creates a haunted world all of its own that beckons you to go inside and discover it. It will need you to be strong though. Kudos.
By the way, Cave makes a great cameo at the end of the film, singing a song that is NOT included in the soundtrack.
Song For Jesse (the trailer is from another film, Possum)
Worst Albums of 2007 - No.8
Jessica Simpson - A Public Affair
What can one say about a woman that makes her private life a reality show in order to become famous (and fails tragically), then makes every effort she can to float both as an actress (huh?) and singer (double huh?)... She even made this album to let us know of her "pain". Maybe she should have seen a therapist - her company would have spent less money and we would be spared the trouble.
A Public Affair