The Rum Diary - More Music from the Motion Picture

Music By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Infinitum Nihil and Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary revolves around journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) who, tiring of the New York lifestyle, travels to Puerto Rico to write for The San Juan Star.  Kemp becomes immersed in the rum-soaked lifestyle of the island and becomes obsessed with a woman (Amber Head) who is already engaged.  When her fiancťe (Aaron Eckhart) asks Kemp to write a favorable piece about his latest shady property development scheme, Kemp must choose between helping him out or writing a piece that will destroy him.

            The Rum Diary Soundtrack, featuring music composed by Christopher Young, was incredibly enjoyable.  That being said, it apparently didnít come close to covering all of the music to be found in the movie.  Thus, Infinitum Nihil, through Lakeshore Records, has released a second album entitled The Rum Diary - More Music from the Motion Picture

            This soundtrack rocks out with the very first track with everyoneís 50ís beach bum favorite, Telstar by The Tornados.  This is followed by the jazzy love song, Nothiní But Loviní by Eugene Ruffalo.  Next we have Charmaine, an interesting track with a classical feel performed by Mantovani and his Orchestra.  Track 4 is a somewhat wistful and somber jazz song - A Dozen Roses by Joe Lervold and Shanna Carlsen.  We follow this up with another interesting rendition of Volare - this one in Spanish by Cortijo y Su Combo and Ismael Rivera.  More 50ís beach rock to follow with Surfing Drums by Dick Dale and His Del-Tones.

            Next up are two songs by Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers - Kitchen Sink Boogie and Letís Get Funky- that offer up a rocking blues thrill.  Col Legno by Marc Johnson is a track I really canít find words to describe.  It just doesnít seem to belong hereÖa track with seemingly no direction or purpose.  Frankie Miller follows things up with After All (I Live My Life), a psychedelic rock self-examination track that Iíve heard before.  I always found this song to be rather clever, meaningful and catchy, even if the vocals arenít all that strong.

            Next are two versions of The Mermaid Song, the first with vocals by Patti Smith and the second a string version of the song.  The final songs on the album are all jazzy musical score composed by Christopher Young that didnít make the first album.

            I wasnít sure how I would feel about this album.  Sometimes, the second soundtrack album for a film can be somewhat disappointing, featuring music that wasnít all that impressive.  The Rum Diary - More Music from the Motion Picture is more of an exception than the rule.  The music on this album is just as good as the music on the first album, if not better.  I truly enjoyed listening to this album - so much so that I played it a second time as soon as I reached the last track.  Anyone who enjoyed The Rum Diary Soundtrack is bound to find this second album just as enjoyable.


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