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Wonder Boys [Original Soundtrack]
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Album: Wonder Boys [Original Soundtrack]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Things Have Changed
2)    Child's Claim to Fame, A
3)    No Regrets
4)    Old Man
5)    Shooting Star
6)    Reason to Believe
7)    Need Your Love So Bad
8)    Not Dark Yet
9)    Slip Away
10)    Waiting for the Miracle
11)    Buckets of Rain
12)    Watching the Wheels
13)    Philosopher's Stone
 
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Performer Notes
  • Includes liner notes by Curtis Hanson.
  • "Things Have Changed" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and was nominated for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
  • Personnel: Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar); Larry Campbell, Charlie Sexton (guitar); David Kemper (drums).
  • Liner Note Author: Curtis Hanson.
  • Director Curtis Hanson's follow-up to the gritty L.A. CONFIDENTIAL is a generation-gap comedy about an aging novelist who's got a raging case of writer's block and is feeling the hot breath of mortality on his neck. No surprise, the mostly older songs collected here are a lot more thoughtful and a lot more thoughtfully chosen than on the average blockbuster soundtrack album; the album's concerns are thematic, not demographic.
  • The stylistic mix is mostly folk or folk-rock with a little R&B on the side.
  • The most high-profile cuts are John Lennon's autumnal "Watching the Wheels" and Neil Young's prematurely elegiac "Old Man." Bob Dylan is represented by four entries, including the movie's chilling new theme "Thing Have Changed." Southern-soul legend Clarence Carter's "Slip Away" and the underrated R&B pioneer Little Willie John's "Need Your Love So Bad" also contribute to the soundtrack's mood of quiet desperation, but by far the most amazing track is "Waiting For the Miracle" (from Leonard Cohen's 1992 release, THE FUTURE), a space-age Brecht-Weill tune featuring such inspirational verse as "The Maestro says its Mozart / but it sounds like Bubblegum." Wow.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (3/30/00, p.66) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...follows the theme of aging, with autumnal-meditations from John Lennon, Van Morrison and Leonard Cohen [and] superb obscurities from Buffalo Springfield and Tom Rush....[It] shows where rockers like Dylan learned how to rage against the dying of the light."

Entertainment Weekly (3/3/00, p.75) - "...offers somber classics from Tim Hardin, Leonard Cohen, and Van Morrison - plus the 1st original Dylan tune of the millenium....Proven songwriting talent taking priority over mass sales appeal? Wonderful, indeed." - Rating: B

Q (5/00, p.119) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Extremely rarified....tantamount to THE BEST SUNDAY MORNING ALBUM IN THE WORLD...EVER!, it creates an impression of understated excellence."

Mojo (Publisher) (4/00, p.103) - "...The album is that rarity, a soundtrack of sustained quality that can be played through entirely without skipping."
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