Thursday, 01 November 2007
K L Poore
Into the Wild (Music from the Motion Picture) is like a peek into the
beat-up notebook Eddie Vedder carries everywhere, and is almost
everything that you’d want (and expect) from an EV solo project. It’s
him at peace, immediate, and creating music that opens both his heart
and intellect up to us as if we were being allowed to read things we
weren’t intended to see.
Like entries in a journal, the songs of Into the Wild sometimes sound
like fully-formed concepts and at other times like exhilarating bursts
of thought needing to be vocalized before they’re lost forever. Whether
haunting and delicate, such as the finger-picked “Guaranteed,” or
reminiscent of REM at their jangly best as in “Setting Forth,” Vedder
clearly captures Into the Wild’s themes of personal alienation,
individuality and the vast isolation of nature, while creating music
that stands alone, and apart, from the film – a feat quite hard ...