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Punch-Drunk Love
(2002)
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Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
Jon Brion

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Nonesuch Records
(November 5th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you have seen the film and understand the reasons behind the convoluted sound effects, inconsistent recording quality, and blatant song imitations.

Avoid it... if you value your money, your sanity, and your belief in the integrity of film music.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,327
WRITTEN 9/25/03, REVISED 2/18/09
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Punch-Drunk Love: (Jon Brion) In an attempt to take his career down a road to serious audience consideration of a dramatic nature, Adam Sandler stars in this film by director Paul Thomas Anderson, who was the (questionable) visionary behind Boogie Nights and Magnolia. The plot of Punch-Drunk Love involves an inept salesman who gets caught up in a phone sex extortion scheme while attempting to woo the love of his life, and even if that premise alone doesn't seem strange enough, we'll just leave it there. While the arthouse-style film was generally regarded as a colorful and visually spectacular effort, Anderson's writing for the picture left much to be desired, and it managed to repulse many critics in the process of also confusing audiences. Punch-Drunk Love exists in a musical limbo area, not demanding a score of any one particular type of Hollywood norm, and what Anderson ended up requesting was an approach similar to that of Magnolia, for which Aimee Mann had written cultishly popular song material. In its general character, Punch-Drunk Love plays in the construct of an old musical formula, but the production doesn't allow the music to take that line directly. Composer Jon Brion, as advertised, evokes percussive elements from Lou Harrison, Jon Cage, Spike Jones, and Rosie the Riveter. If this sounds like unfamiliar ground for most film score collectors, then prepare for the equation to get even stranger. The film's dreamy, almost drug-induced atmosphere translates without any deviation into the personality of the score, with Brion merging a seemingly haphazard mismatch of several musical genres into one nearly psychotic package. A vintage Hawaiian style is revived in Punch-Drunk Love, but like the film, you can't determine if that 1960's/early 1970's style of lazy pop-kitsch is being mocked or affectionately resurrected in a positive light. At times you'll be erroneously convinced that Brion was attempting to create an atmosphere of parody. So convoluted is this score's overarching flow (despite the obvious intent to adapt well known songs into a song and score mix) that you sometimes can't figuring out what Brion was trying to do at all. Depending on your expectations, that might be a good thing, but if you require cohesion at any level in your soundtracks, and you have no tolerance for extreme synthetic manipulation of sound effects in your music, then you may as well quit reading here.



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228 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.47 Stars
***** 27 5 Stars
**** 28 4 Stars
*** 42 3 Stars
** 61 2 Stars
* 70 1 Stars
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Have you watched the film?
Jimmy - July 26, 2009, at 7:08 p.m.
1 comment  (832 views)
Boogie Nights
Bosc - August 6, 2005, at 10:29 a.m.
1 comment  (2872 views)
You Must Have Been Drunk...
J. Weinstein - October 10, 2004, at 11:01 p.m.
1 comment  (1932 views)
I disagree
olmarshal - January 31, 2004, at 1:48 p.m.
1 comment  (1774 views)
just one star?
evolraver - January 22, 2004, at 11:27 p.m.
1 comment  (1665 views)
POOPY!   Expand >>
magnoliafan - January 22, 2004, at 9:12 p.m.
3 comments  (4010 views)
Newest: August 29, 2004, at 3:45 p.m. by
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 44:12
• 1. Overture (2:09)
• 2. Tabla (2:59)
• 3. Punch-Drunk Melody (1:43)
• 4. Hands & Feet (3:42)
• 5. Le Petit Chateau (1:36)
• 6. Alleyway (0:55)
• 7. Punchy Tack Piano (1:25)
• 8. He Needs Me - performed by Shelley Duvall (3:31)
• 9. Waikki - performed by Ladies K (3:56)
• 10. Moana Chimes - score adaptation (3:02)
• 11. Hospital (1:21)
• 12. Danny (Lonely Blue Boy) - performed by Conway Twitty (2:13)
• 13. Healthy Choice (2:10)
• 14. Third Floor Hallway (3:23)
• 15. Blossoms & Blood (2:05)
• 16. Here We Go - performed by Jon Brion (4:47)
• 17. He Really Needs Me (3:08)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The album comes in a folding cardboard slipcase (instead of a jewel case) and the CD is very difficult to remove from the package.
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