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'Eat, Pray, Love' soundtrack 
is a very mixed bag

The movie's soundtrack is a musical puzzle that can’t be put together
eat pray love

Various artists
Eat, Pray, Love Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Grade: ★★

By Carol Anne Szel

Traveling from its launching track, “Flight Attendant” by Josh Rouse, is musically very good. But it leads into Gato Barbieri’s “Last Tango In Paris” which is not only like going shifting from first gear to third, but also jumping from a Grand Torino to a Mazerati. No smooth transition.

It was a treat listening to “Last Tango,” but then we are thrown into Sly & the Family Stone’s “Thank You.” Jolting. Back into the lovely and early ’6os movie-musical tune sounding “Die Zauberflote” by Wiener Philharmoniker and then into the very ingrained rock classic “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young.

You get the picture. Throughout the soundtrack, we are taken on a musical puzzle that we can’t quite put together. Much like the motion picture — which critics say does not match the magic of the book — the soundtrack does not match, well, anything. If you like one of the genres offered up, get the original music and don’t bother with this soundtrack. I doubt if the “Eat, Pray, Love” soundtrack will be a big seller as a stand-alone release. Maybe if you see the film and are moved to buy the music, they’ll sell some if a vendor is right outside the movie theater doors while you’re still caught up in the moment. Other than that, I’m afraid that although it contains some of my favorite artists, as a complete soundtrack it’s a pass for me.

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