Eat, Pray, Love Soundtrack17.08.10 # Soundtrack # 51 Comments
The Eat Pray Love soundtrack. Welcome ladies & gentlemen to the advent of Travel Porn.
Eat Pray Love is based on the relatively well written autiobiographical book by Elizabeth Gilbert, the first chapter of which begins with the line: “I wish Giovanni would kiss me. Oh but there are so many reasons why this would be a terrible idea”. This then is not Hemmingway. Neither should it be, some of you might be saying, although others will be saying Jesus is there nothing in the world of film or literature aimed at women that isn’t entirely centred around kissing men, and/or handbags. If you are having feelings similar to this, there is nothing to worry about, it is simply a recurrance of Sex And The City Fever. You are not alone.
In Eat Pray Love handbags and expensive shoes have been replaced by Hinduism and Julia Roberts, and a love of all things superficial and expensive replaced by an almost sexual appetite for the pleasures of quitting your job and travelling to India. As the film opens, good ol’ Julia decides she’s tired of being with men (can a woman in a major Hollywood film please decide something that isn’t about whether or not she wants to be in a relationship with a man? Please?) and of having a job and she wants to go travelling. So she goes travelling. She learns things. She talks to a wise Asian man. She rediscovers her sense of self. Jesus. Come on everyone, come pay eight quid, or ten bucks, or twelve euros (delete as appropriate), to watch someone more attractive than you quit their job, go travelling, and have a simply smashing time. Move over torture porn, travel porn is here, and it hasn’t got Eli Roth anywhere near it. What more could you want?
What’s that? You’d like sixteen tracks of relaxing tunes with some Indian percussion rhythms to make you feel like you’ve gone travelling without actually having to quit your job or even leave the house? Well, sorry, the Eat Pray Love soundtrack only has fifteen tracks. You ask too much sir.
But feat not, those fifteen tracks are loaded with so much soulful relaxamating vibrations that you may drown in your own pleasure juices. Two of Neil Young’s best (and most obvious) tracks, Josh Rouse, Joao Gilberto (listening to whom is like being given a sensual massage by somebody’s uncle), Kenny Burrell, even an Eddie Vedder collaboration with Nusrat “Jeff Buckley Loved Me” Fateh Ali Khan. And there’s a Sly & The Family Stone track for a surprising moment of funktasticness in between all the chillaxing.
It’s off the relaxed Richter scale. It’s like having honey dribbled into your mouth in a hot bubble bath whilst getting a neck massage in candlelight as a demure French woman reads your favourite childhood book to you in dulcet tones and a kitten strokes your eyebrows. Extreme audio pleasantness.
Which all threatens to tip-over into sick-making, except… it’s got Neil Young and Marvin Gaye and Sly & The Family Stone. So, what can you do? These people knew what they were doing. Porn is nice.
Except the final Eddie Vedder track, which includes the lyrics I feel part of the universe, and my emotion so submerged, and has a bongo percussion backing, which is substantially sick-making.
Eat Pray Love Soundtrack Song List
1. Flight Attendant – Josh Rouse
2. Last Tango In Paris (Suite Pt. 2) – Gato Barbieri
3. Thank You (Fallettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & The Family Stone
4. Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen from “Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute)”
5. Heart of Gold – Neil Young
6. Kaliyugavaradana – U. Srinivas
7. The Long Road – Eddie Vedder, with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
8. Harvest Moon – Neil Young
9. Samba Da Bençáo – Bebél Gilberto
10. Wave – João Gilberto
11. Got To Give It Up (Part 1) – Marvin Gaye
12. ‘S Wonderful – João Gilberto
13. Better Days – Eddie Vedder
14. Attraversiamo – Dario Marianelli
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