March 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Resurrection Boulevard  
  BMG 74321 88805-2   [58:12]

Resurrection Boulevard

Nobody could accuse this album of being uninteresting, although I did not find it terribly enlightening or captivating either.

The Spanish or Latin theme courses through almost every track, superb as in 'El Cayuco' by the accomplished Tito Puente - try keeping your toes rooted to floor with this one! But the Spanish feel is overdone and almost lost completely, 'Luz Azul' and 'Si Senor' being the most unmemorable. Latin 'rap' 'Si Senor' is painfully poor. Some of the tracks swing between disco rock and pointless rock! 'Cada Vez Me Voy' and the theme track 'Resurrection Boulevard' being the worst offenders.

Best tracks, both in terms of pleasure to the ears and purely for the Latin feel, are 'Suavamente', conjuring up smoke filled Cuban dance halls, and Mambo No. 5, big band mambo magic.

Avoid at all costs the Latin 'Michael Jackson' number 'Shake Up The Party', and 'Pelon', a 'voice over' rendition of bad lift music. And what is 'Cumbia de Los Muertos' doing pretending it's a Madness or 'Buster Bloodvessel B side' with its Ska overtones. Still, it takes all sorts!

Dreary and confusing at its worst, yet remarkably vibrant at its best, I suppose on average it's just that - an average album.

Jonathan Clark


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