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by Mike Bell
The Million Dollar Hotel OST
· Soundtrack for the latest Wim Wenders film with new songs from U2, Daniel Lanois, Bill Frisell and others.
· Over half the 16 songs feature The Million Dollar Hotel (or MDH) Band whose members include Bono, Lanois, Brian Eno and Adam Dorn.
Like closing time in a lobby bar, The Million Dollar Hotel soundtrack contains tremendous character and mood, and holds great romantic appeal.
Theres a mellow bluesy glaze coating the slow, soulful rock songs and the smoky jazz numbers, giving the disc a cohesion that most soundtracks dont have. But its the quality of the individual numbers that makes it a memorable album.
U2 kick things off with arguably the best song theyve done in well over a decade. Accompanied by Daniel Lanois on pedal steel and with lyrics by Salman Rushdie, "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" is everything you like to remember the band being: melodic, moving and grandly emotional. After that, their remaining appearances are only slightly less successful.
The only glaring mis-step on the disc is Milla Jovovichs subtle rendition of Lou Reeds "Satellite of Love," which digresses into Nina Hagenesque caterwauling.
Still if thats the biggest complaint about a record especially one with U2s fingerprints all over it then maybe we should dim the lights again, and serve up one more for the road.
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