Dead Man Walking - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Dead Man Walking: Music from and Inspired
by the Motion Picture [Legacy Edition]


First Appeared in The Music Box, July 2006, Volume 13, #7

Written by Tracy M. Rogers


Ten years after the release of Tim Robbins’ acclaimed Dead Man Walking, Legacy has released an updated version of the film’s soundtrack. The two-disc set appends one extra tune to the original album and adds a bonus DVD titled Not in Our Name: Dead Man Walking — The Concert. The original soundtrack boasts some true gems. Featuring predominantly acoustic-minded fare from such folk and country acts as Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, and Tom Waits, the collection is haunting and poignant. Only Suzanne Vega’s pseudo-rap, electronica composition Woman on the Tier (I’ll See You Through) and Michelle Shocked’s blues-based pop number Quality of Mercy feel out of place. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who appeared twice on the initial recording (both times with the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), provides the refurbished outing’s lone bonus selection: the powerful but incongruous Dead Man.

Not in Our Name: Dead Man Walking — The Concert is a lo-fi set that is both moving and a little disappointing. Springsteen, Cash, and Waits are nowhere to be found, while Ani DiFranco gives a lackluster performance of a trio of less than stellar songs. Still, there are plenty of highlights to be found. For example, the humorous introduction for Sister Helen Prejean by Tim Robbins as well as the commentary by both Robbins and Prejean that is tucked into the middle of the DVD are priceless, while Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett’s acoustic cover of Townes Van Zandt’s Lungs serves as the apex of the musical fare. In addition, Eddie Vedder, perched atop a pillow, performs four songs at the end of the DVD, each of which is heartfelt and apropos. All in all, Dead Man Walking: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture [Legacy Edition] is a must-have for diehard fans of the film and death penalty activists alike, but novices likely will be served better by its original incarnation.

Dead Man Walking: Motion Picture Soundtrack [Original Album] — starstarstar ˝

Bonus Materials starstarstar

Dead Man Walking: Motion Picture Soundtrack [Special Edition] — starstarstar


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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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