The 11th Hour

Music By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            A documentary about the dangers of global warming narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, The 11th Hour explores how humanity arrived at this moment in which we discover ourselves faced with drought, famine, record rainfalls and severe flooding, hurricanes, the highest average temperatures in recorded history and more.  The movie takes a look at how we live, the impact we have on the world’s ecosystem and what we can do to change our course.  The 11th Hour features dialogue from former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former CIA head R. James Woolsey, sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau, and over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders, presenting facts and discussing the most important issues facing our planet.

            The cover of The 11th Hour Soundtrack is rather striking – a boot mark marring a portrait of the earth, cracks emanating from the footprint, symbolizing how we have stepped on and are essentially ruining our planet.  The soundtrack features various artists such as Arve Henriksen, Dirty Three, Sigur Rose, Triola, Cocteau Twins and more.  It begins with an exotic and eerie track – Chiaro by Arve Henriksen.  This is followed by Dirty Three’s Lullabye for Christie, a track that begins as a beautiful strings piece.  The piece is subdued at first, but as a drum march is added to the strings, the music eventually gets louder and more expressive.  Sigur Ros is featured twice on the soundtrack and their song Sigur 3 is a beautiful composition.  For this track, I recommend that you simply close your eyes and soak in the beauty of the music.  The longest musical piece on The 11th Hour Soundtrack belongs to the international band from Glasgow called Mogwai and their composition Mogwai Fear Satan, a rock-like track featuring electric guitars and rock beats.  I was surprised to see a performance by actor Lukas Haas included in the soundtrack.  His guitar piece entitled Kemp was very well-done and highly enjoyable – kudos to Mr. Haas.

            Everyone who passed by while I was playing The 11th Hour Soundtrack asked me what I was listening to.  When asked why, they expressed how beautiful and peaceful the music sounded.  I have to agree.  The music found on this soundtrack is very relaxing.  While listening, one can imagine the various nature scenes filled with majestic mountains, vast prairies, beautiful waters – Earth’s natural beauty that we are systematically destroying - that must be featured in this soundtrack.  The beauty of the music and the message behind the film make The 11th Hour Soundtrack a wise purchase for any music aficionado.


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