Thursday, June 2, 2011

Album Review: Ry Cooder – Paris, Texas Original Soundtrack

If you’re not familiar with Ry Cooder’s slide guitar work, this is a good place to start. His haunting slide guitar compositions form the basis for the soundtrack to Wim Wenders’ classic 1984 movie Paris, Texas. Most of it is devised around a single theme, a lonely, forlorn slide guitar figure, with She’s Leaving The Bank taking this theme and twisting it into a slow-burning graceful boil.

There is room for Harry Dean Stanton to lend his vocals to Cancion Mixteca, and later one of his devastating monologues forms the basis for I Knew These People. The soundtrack is a great accompaniment for solitary drives in remote locations.