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Stigmata

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8/24/1999

Review

It's too bad that the soundtrack for the much-delayed supernatural religious horror film Stigmata opens with an industrial-metal remix of Chumbawamba's "Mary Mary," since it gives the misleading impression that the record will be a dark, gloomy noise-fest. Well, the album may be dark and gloomy, but it's not always noisy -- at it's best, it's eerily evocative. And it's at its best on the second half of the album, which is devoted to Billy Corgan and Mike Garson's rich, disquieting score. This is mood music of the highest order, seamlessly flowing between orchestral moments, electronic soundscapes, dissonance, and light. It's unfortunate that the entire album wasn't entirely instrumental, since it would have been a more satisfying listen. That's not to say that the first half of the album is terrible -- there's quite a few good songs there, actually, highlighted by Bjork's "All is Full of Love" (from Homogenic), Afro Celt Sound System & Sinead O'Connor's "Release," and the Corgan-Garson written/Natalie Imbruglia sung "Identify." ("The Pretty Things are Going to Hell," a sneak preview of David Bowie's upcoming hours..., is an embarrassing excursion into post-NIN industrial-metal schlock, and the only truly weak selection on the record.) However, it doesn't fit with the second half, which feels more like the film and is a more satisfying listen on its own terms. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Mary, Mary [Stigmata Mix] Chumbawamba 4:19
  3. 2 Gramarye Remy Zero 5:13
  4. 3 All Is Full of Love Björk 4:48
  5. 4 The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell David Bowie 4:46
  6. 5 Release [Edit] Afro Celt Sound System 4:14
  7. 6 Inertia Creeps Massive Attack 5:32
  8. 7 Identify Natalie Imbruglia 4:48
  9. 8 Identify /1,000,000 Voices [Dust] 3:16
  10. 9 Pop Pop/Await/Reflect [Pretty] 3:18
  11. 10 Reflect /Truth [Clouds] 3:4
  12. 11 Of Square Waves/Random Thought 4:21
  13. 12 Reflection/Posession 2:51
  14. 13 Reflect /Of Sine Waves [Gray] 2:13
  15. 14 Distrbnce (After Sckhausen) /Reflect /Orah [Pause] 4:31
  16. 15 Sustain/Identify [Affectation] 3:56
  17. 16 All Answers Revealed/Reflect (Devotion) 3:3
  18. 17 Purge/10,000,000 Voices/Reflect /Identify [Purity] 6:0
  19. 18 Reflect (Time)/Tree Whispers 3:51

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