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Main » 2011 » January » 27 » Alberto Iglesias - Hable con Ella (2002)
Alberto Iglesias - Hable con Ella (2002)

Artist: Alberto Iglesias 
Album: Hable con Ella 
Released: 2002 
Source: El Deseo cat# 74321 92849-2 
Genre: Soundtrack 
Format: eac-ape


Iglesias has scored a number of Almodovar's films, notably All About My Mother and Live Flesh. This latest collaboration instead of being about women from the perspective of women, is about women from those who admire and lust from afar - Men.

His score here is generally sombre, melancholy and subdued. Not enough so as to be depressing, merely a tonal consistency to be mentioned. What that says about Man's feelings towards Women is up to the film to clarify! The very brief "Sabana Santa" introduces this, but we're then made to wait for its return due to a little higgledy-piggledy sequencing placing contrasting source cues in between. First is the title song "Hable Con Ella" with one of the only appearance of Spanish guitar. This is performed by its co-writer Vincente Amigo, whom the booklet credits as responsible for the film's final cue. As track number 2, it's clearly out of place.

So too is "Cucurrucucъ Paloma" which follows with its 'aye-aye-aye-aye-aye-aye' softly-softly singing by Caetano Veloso. Later there's the song "Por toda A Minha Vida" by Ellis Regina, but thankfully the final 2 source pieces are left to the end. "Raquel" by Bau features the only use of percussion on the whole album (alongside guitar). Then "The Plaint: O Let Me Weep" by Purcell from his Fairy Queen is a gorgeous duet for soprano and harpsichord. Neither would have belonged anywhere else on the disc.

There are several 1 to 2 minute cues that do very little and add very little. In fact, there might have been a better solution in sequencing a few into suites. Ultimately the 63-minute running length feels a little padded out by their individual inclusion. 
But in returning to Iglesias's work, there's much to enjoy. After the jolly opening 2 source songs, "El Grito" is a very unexpected downturn in mood. Its beginning is somewhat similar to the soundscapes favoured by Angelo Badalamenti in his David Lynch projects, but then it's saved by a surge upwards via strings. These soundscapes of manipulated tension also appear in "La Noche Y El Viento" and "La Discusiуn Viaja En Coche" with its mysterious hollow intonations. 
Elsewhere the aforementioned melancholy pervades "La Mesita De Noche", and the longest cue "El Amante Menguante" (8:28), which is a real showcase for the ensemble's string section. It has a very strong solo on cello that's contrasted nicely later by the lovely piano solo in "Alica Vive". Two cues change pace very slightly, picking up urgently ("Jordania" and "A Portagayola") on strings. The writing is a little reminiscent of Patrick Doyle's Henry V, but I'm sure it's purely coincidental. 
The director's comments in the booklet are a little obscure (music as "a porous cashmere blanket"), but even if the language loses something in the translation, Iglesias's music certainly doesn't.

Paul Tonks

Track List: 
[b]01. Sabana Santa 
02. Hable Con Ella 
03. Cucurrucucъ Paloma 
04. El Grito 
05. Por Toda A Minha Vida 
06. La Mesita De Noche 
07. Jordania 
08. El Amante Menguante 
09. Maria Santнsima De Araceli 
10. La Noche Y El Viento 
11. Trincheras / Decadence 
12. Habitacion De Alicia 
13. A Portagayola 
14. La Discusiуn Viaja En Coche 
15. Alicia Vive 
16. Los Olivos 
17. Amanecer Agitato 
18. Soy Marco 
19. Raquel 
20. The Plaint: O Let Me Sweep, For Ever Weep


EAC extraction logfile from 29. April 2007, 20:18 for CD 
Alberto Iglesias / Hable con Ella 

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