>> Sympathy For Delicious (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2011)

Album: Sympathy For Delicious

Members: The Bee Gees, The Kills, The Besnard Lakes, Do Make Say Think, Xocoyotzin Herrera, Burnt The Dipthongs, John Carrol Lynch & Jason Hiller

Genre: Soundtrack/Theater

Label: Lakeshore Records

Tracks: 20

Type: LP

Release Date: June 21, 2011

Discs: 1

Rating: 4.35 (out of 4.00)

Grade: A+

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Actor Christopher Thornton who plays Delicious in the film also wrote the script stating that there are not enough roles for paraplegics in film. Thorton became a paraplegic after a rock climbing accident when he was 25 years old.

Sympathy For Delicious is the soundtrack to actor Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut. The story is about a man named “Delicious” Dean O’Dwyer, a DJ, who is paralyzed in a car accident. Sinking further and further into depression Delicious meets a young Priest named Joe who brings him into the world of Faith Healing. When Delicious discovers that he has the gift of healing, one which unfortunately he cannot use to heal himself, he chooses to abandon the humble role of healer and become a rock star.

I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed that the all new music by The Besnard Lakes was in fact instrumental orchestrations for the film, but the band manage to capture the essence of the scenes they provide a score for as well as intrigue my imagination of what they could be (working on the title descriptions alone and having never seen the film). Another Canadian act, Do Make Say Think, provide a couple of instrumental tracks as well which sound amazing. There are a couple of older tracks on the album; The Kill’s U.R.A. Fever, The Bee Gee’s I Started A Joke, as well as a track I can’t quite place by Xocoyotzin Herrera. Songs taken from the context of the film include a gospel number by John Carrol Lynch (Bubble Boy) and Jason Hiller covering W.S. Stevenson’s Just A Closer Walk With Thee and three tracks from the fictional band Burnt The Dipthongs.

What’s interesting here is that the all the songs for the films fictional band were penned by Mars Volta members Cedric Bixler and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, both of which are featured in the credits for members of the Dipthongs. If you’re a Volta fan then you’ll know that Bixler is the singer of the group yet Orlando Bloom is also credited for the tracks, he is the lead singer of the Dipthongs in the movie. It is a highly confusing mess which I was never really able to sort out through youtube interviews, reading other reviews on the album, or from other sources I use to sort facts. In any case the tracks are exceptional, The Healing Song being my all time favorite sounding as if it could have easily fit easily in the middle of Black Flag’s Family Man album between the spoken word and instrumental spazz out jazz numbers on the album. All in all Sympathy For Delicious’ soundtrack is probably going to go down as one of those soundtracks that people will hang on to forever because its just a great mix of so many thematic qualities and oddball b-side type songs. Definitely check it out.



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