Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the romantic drama, Blind, Alec Baldwin is Bill Oakland, a successful novelist who stopped writing after a car crash that took the life of his wife and left him blind. Demi Moore is Suzanne Dutchman, a woman whose husband’s (Dylan McDermott) illegal business activities land her on trial for aiding him in his crimes. Believing that Suzanne was unaware of her husband’s actions, the judge sentences her to three years community service. That service involves assisting Bill Oakland. As the two get to know one another, they become closer, eventually beginning an affair, but when Suzanne’s husband is suddenly acquitted of all charges, Suzanne must choose which life she wants to remain in.
The Blind Soundtrack contains songs by Amy Lee, Sasha Lazard, Jake Baine, Ann Hampton Callaway, Johnny Farro and Matt Rocker and the Constituents. It also contains score created by Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer. Amy Lee is an American singer, songwriter, composer and pianist. Cofounder and lead singer of the rock band Evanescence, Lee has participated in numerous projects, creating the scores for War Story and Indigo Grey: The Passage with American cellist, pianist and composer Dave Eggar. A Juilliard School classically trained cellist who graduated from Harvard and Juilliard School’s Doctoral Program, Eggar has performed with quite the diverse selection of artists including Coldplay, Andrea Bocelli, Evanescence, Paul Simon, Bon Jovi, Five for Fighting, Ingrid Michaelson, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Gavin DeGraw, Fiona Apple, Taylor Swift, and many more. Rounding out the composing trio is drummer, songwriter and composer Chuck Palmer who has performed with a number of artists including Foreigner, Frank Ocean, Five for Fighting, Zayn Malik, and Amy Lee. He has also composed music for a number of films, including War Story, Same Difference, Destiny, Indigo Grey and I Am Her.
After reading about the film and watching the preview, I can’t really say I understand the song selection. Unless one of the characters is into jazz. But I can say that the singing, particularly that of Sasha Lazard was beautiful, especially her work on The Sexiest Mistake. And Amy Lee – well, I loved her vocals when she was with Evanescence, so it goes without saying that I loved her work on Through Your Eyes. Without You, a rock track by Matt Rocker and the Constituents, doesn’t really seem to fit. Especially when even the score has that jazz noir feel. I could see Amy Lee’s influence right away in this score – those dramatic piano pieces in the Opening Theme, Dream of Ice and Bill's Wife. Mark's Theme is totally different – that’s where there are hints of rock with electric guitars, percussion and synths.
Overall, the Blind Soundtrack is perfect for fans of Amy Lee’s work, jazz or the film itself. I do have a question about the selection of Without You as the last track of the album, but that is a minor complaint when held up to the vocals and dramatic piano moments of the score.