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Holy Smoke!
(1999)
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Angelo Badalamenti

Produced by:
Nick Redman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(December 14th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek music as wayward as the film itself, combining mundane orchestral underscore with outstanding new age style original songs.

Avoid it... if the ten minutes of truly unique new age music by Angelo Badalamenti within the score is too close to Enya and Adiemus for your liking.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #618
WRITTEN 12/31/99, REVISED 8/27/07
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Holy Smoke!: (Angelo Badalamenti) Spiritual deprogramming is a fascinating topic sadly under-explored by Hollywood, and Jane Campion's Holy Smoke! promised to venture into that fertile territory. After directing The Piano and Portrait of a Lady, Campion combined her usual feminist theories with religious cults and brainwashing in her screenplay for Holy Smoke! The only problem was that her film was so convoluted that audiences couldn't figure out if her story was serious or an attempt at satire. Kate Winslet is an Australian who joins a cult in India, and upon being lured back home, her family has hired Harvey Keitel (a professional deprogrammer) to expunge the lies of her guru and return her to her normal self. The two end up in a halfway house in the middle of the desert for the three-day program, and all goes to hell when the film resorts to excessive nudity and sex (well, at least the script goes to hell). Where the two go from there depends on your tolerance for sappy, dumb endings. Critics uniformally blasted Holy Smoke! for not making its intent clear, its ridiculously absent-minded script failing to address or resolve any of the film's overarching ideas. Composer Angelo Badalamenti seemingly approached the film with the same wandering spirit. He stated that the experience of writing the score for Holy Smoke! in less than three days was somewhat of a religious one between him and Campion, and it really can be heard as such. With lengthy sequences in the film containing no dialogue and only Badalamenti score, his role in film's message is integral. Badalamenti's writing through the years has been as unpredictable as anyone in the business, ranging from lush and romantic dramas to bizarre and electronically distorted thrillers. It's nearly impossible to be a fan of every Badalamenti score, for he alters and replaces his own styles so frequently. For Holy Smoke!, Badalamenti applies these radical shifts to sections within the same score, making for an incongruous, but ultimately captivating listening experience.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:04
• 1. Holly Holy - performed by Neil Diamond (4:30)
• 2. Betrayal of Ruth (2:27)
• 3. Love Journey (3:25)
• 4. Moonrise (2:16)
• 5. Kiss All Around It (1:56)
• 6. Waiting, Reaching, Seeking (3:52)
• 7. Waltz in the Desert (2:12)
• 8. Snappy Lipstick (2:08)
• 9. Hallucination (2:10)
• 10. I Put a Spell on You - performed by The Angels (4:01)
• 11. The Celebration (2:47)
• 12. Montage Finale (4:54)
• 13. Primitive - performed by Annie Lennox (4:17)
• 14. Maya, Mayi, Ma' (6:50)

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The insert notes include an interesting page of experiences from Badalamenti regarding the conceptualization of the score.
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