Singles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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||Would?||Alice In Chains||3:28||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Breath||Pearl Jam||5:27||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Seasons||Chris Cornell||5:46||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Dyslexic Heart||Paul Westerberg||4:30||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Battle of Evermore||The Lovemongers||5:41||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Chloe Dancer / Crown of Thorns||Mother Love Bone||8:17||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Birth Ritual||Soundgarden||6:06||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||State of Love and Trust||Pearl Jam||3:46||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Overblown||Mudhoney||3:00||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Waiting for Somebody||Paul Westerberg||3:27||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||May This Be Love||Jimi Hendrix||3:10||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Nearly Lost You||Screaming Trees||4:07||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Drown||Smashing Pumpkins||8:16||Album Only||View in iTunes|
Director Cameron Crowe’s Singles soundtrack plays more like a mixtape than a static assortment. Between the lovely, stormy rock of Screaming Trees’ “Nearly Lost You” and the snotty self-portraiture of Mudhoney’s “Overblown”, Crowe shows grunge’s diversity, while cuts from Hendrix and Heart nod to Seattle’s heritage. Pearl Jam’s roiling “Breath” translates the upsurging excitement of the moment, but it’s Mother Love Bone’s power ballad “Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns” that stands as an elegy for an era of conflicted feelings.
One Moment in Time Perfectly Captured
If you are of a certain age (lets be kind and say 30 something) and have or had certain musical taste (alternative rock / punk / indie) then this is the album and film that perfectly captured that brief moment between about 1989 - 1992 when the world seemed to be finally about to embrace all the things you thought mattered - music was crossing over, clothes were more relaxed, coffee was fantastic, music was live and loud, hair was long, the environment mattered and we were having a great big party...and frankly this film and its music was me and my friends all be it we lived in Norwich but that was just a small detail - we had a band (we frankly stank live - but no-one cared), we had the kind of fill-in jobs you need when your in a band. We had virtually no money, but we all knew that it didnt mattered - oh better times. This album and the film it comes from fills me up with that youthful optomism every time, reminds me of meeting my wife for the first time, falling in love, falling over drunk and eventually having to grow up and do the proper job thing etc... its all here and its still fresh and brings a chill to the spine and a tear to my eye....we knew it had to end one day and this helped us accept that it was OK.
A great slice of early 90s alternative rock
As Casper99 has already mentioned, this album (and the movie it's attached to) encapsulated everything that was great about the American alternative rock scene during the early 90s. There are excellent tracks here from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins and Alice In Chains - all pioneers of the grunge movement around that time - but the standout songs come from less obvious sources.
Chris Cornell's "Seasons" is a wonderfully composed acoustic piece, displaying his maturity as a vocalist and songwriter, something that rarely seemed to blossom when he was fronting the much heavier Soundgarden. Consider it an acoustic companion to Temple of the Dog and you'll get some idea of the quality. Elsewhere, Ann and Nancy Wilson perform a fantastic live cover of Led Zeppelin's "Battle of Evermore", rocker Paul Westerberg drives some brilliantly catchy hooks into our brains, and Mother Love Bone's "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" is a near-legendary piece of glam-grunge rock - members of the band would later go on to form Pearl Jam.
If you want to relive some of those great days from the early 90s, or if you're looking for a beginner's guide to American alternative rock from that period (including sly nods back in history with references to Heart, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix) this is the album for you. Amazing stuff.
God! I feel old!
Simply one of the best soundtracks ever. Way, way better than the film, which is frankly forgettable.