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Artist: Jonny Greenwood
Album: Bodysong
Label: EMI
Release: 2003

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Anyone who thinks that lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will not have a musical future after Radiohead can get ready to eat their words. Greenwood composed 13 instrumental tracks for the film Bodysong. Jonny's solo debut is a success, and is actually far more interesting than his other band's 2003 offering, Hail To The Thief. provides the following description of the film. If you are still confused, visit their website.

Bodysong, the movie tells the story of an archetypal human life using images taken from All around the World and The Last 100 Years of Cinema. In the Movie every possible depiction of the human life from microscopic, medical to portraits and newsreels, from births to deaths, are cut to a powerful music track by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead to create a powerful and highly emotional film, with peaks of ecstasy and troughs of despair.

I have yet to see this film, as it is only in limited release, but I'm highly intrigued, especially after hearing the score, which will see a release in the UK later this month. No US date for the film or score has been announced.

Greenwood's score is frantic, disturbing at times, but overall, is strikingly beautiful and ambient. A lot of soundtracks lack a coherent flow, but this one is surprisingly listenable. Of the 13 tracks, some are lush and ambient, and others are energetic and jazzy. "Moon Trills" leads off the disc, and it is completely mindblowing. It is extremely ambient, and the piano reminds me a bit of "Pyramid Song" by Radiohead.

"Convergence" can pretty much defeat anything on the Requiem For A Dream soundtrack in terms of disturbance level. To me, this is the sound of a man going completely insane. It is one of the less accessible tracks on the album, but it is a fun listen. Let me set things straight. If you are not a fan of Kid A, Amnesiac, electronic bands such as Aphex Twin, or ambient legends like Brian Eno, then I can't see you enjoying this. If any of that is up your alley, then you're going to love this. Regardless, give it a shot and see what you think.

It is amazing how much talent Greenwood displays on here. He doesn't have to have a guitar freak out to display he's a good musician. With Bodysong, Jonny proves he is pretty much a musical genius by blending tons of different textures and instruments. The shocking thing is that, for the majority of the time, it actually works, and sounds really good.

This is another one of those great albums that provides a perfect atmosphere for falling asleep or just relaxing. Brilliant tracks like "Clockwork Tin Soliders" support that claim just fine. I don't even want to think what this record would sound like if a person was under the influence of a recreational substance. And to think you thought Radiohead sounded "out there."

Strings are all over the place on this one. "Bode Radio / Glass Light / Broken Hearts" uses them to perfection. Greenwood's classical influence really shines on this track. "Milky Drops From Heaven" is jazzed out. It is a really fun song. I remember reading something on the Ateaseweb Boards about a comparison to the band Fourtet. I can hear that as well. No doubt this guy has good taste in music.

"Tehellet" ends the disc on a somber note, and is a nice, but haunting way to close out the score. Overall, Jonnny Greenwood has succeeded in crafting a fine album, and has established himself as a solo artist to be on the lookout for in the future. This may not defeat the Radiohead holy trilogy (consisting of The Bends through Kid A), but it blows Amnesiac and Hail To The Thief away by a longshot. This is a beautiful record, and another one of the hidden treasures that 2003 has brought us.

~Huey (10/23/03)

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