Yes. This happens to be my 3rd post & 4th mention about this movie and that goes on to show how much I loved it!. The current song am obsessed with is:
On bended knee is no way to be free
Lifting up an empty cup I ask silently
That all my destinations will accept the one that’s me
So I can breath…
Circles they grow and they swallow people whole
Half their lives they say goodnight to wives’ they’ll never know
Got a mind full of questions and a teacher in my soul
So it goes…
Don’t come closer or I’ll have to go
Holding me like gravity are places that pull
If ever there was someone to keep me at home
It would be you…
Everyone I come across in cages they bought
They think of me and my wandering
But I’m never what they thought
Got my indignation but I’m pure in all my thoughts
Wind in my hair, I feel part of everywhere
Underneath my being is a road that disappeared
Late at night I hear the trees
They’re singing with the dead
Leave it to me as I find a way to be
Consider me a satellite for ever orbiting
I knew all the rules but the rules did not know me
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I have never written a proper movie review for this and came across this summary:
Into the Wild is based on a true story and the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer. After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless (Hirsch) abandons his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Also, a Music Review by a Pearl Jam fan:
For all those Pearl Jam fans out there, the release of what is essentially a solo acoustic Eddie Vedder album is manna from heaven. Of course, most PJ fans out there these days are in their 4th or 5th decade of life, and there are many young folks who view PJ as outmoded and other naysayers who have grown tired of Ed’s gruff, mumbly baritone. But I belong to the first group, so I think this little album is pretty great.
“Into the Wild” is a 30-minutish album that has Eddie playing a variety of acoustic instruments over 11 short tracks. It’s classic Vedder, but stripped-down and bare, kind of in the balladic “No Code” or “Binaural” vein with more acoustic strumming and minimal accompaniment. The tunes were written as a movie soundtrack, and having seen the film, it’s hard not to picture Emile Hirsch traipsing over hill and dale during the songs. On the other hand, most of the numbers do have lyrics, which is a bit unusual for a soundtrack, and was sometimes distracting for me in the theater. But this review is about the music…
Many of the tunes are upbeat, rocky-mountain-high, kind of anthems, as on “Setting Forth,” “Far Behind,” and the all-instrumental “Tuolumne.” The other half are more introspective, balladic numbers (in keeping with the kind of celebration of freedom/wasteful tragedy duality of Chris McCandless’ tale), as on the banjo-inflected “No Ceiling,” “Rise” (the ukulele invokes Ed’s “Soon Forget” from Binaural or “Goodbye” from A Broke Down Melody — I’m thinking an all uke-vocal album by Ed would be pretty great), “Long Nights,” “Society,” and “The End of the Road.” “Hard Sun” is a stand-out in a number of ways — clearly the one number that might either get radio-play or be released as B-side single. Also, it’s written by Robert Peterson (aka Indio) and features some backing chorus vocals by Sleater-Kinney frontwoman Corin Tucker (it would be awesome if Ed made a proper single out of “Modern Girl” and released it with “Hard Sun”). It’s definitely the big anthem of the album and the only tune over 4 minutes long. “Society” is the other track not written by Ed — in this case, the author is Jerry Hannan who also sings back-up underneath. “The Wolf” features Ed doing his Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan inspired vocal howling (reminiscent of “Arc” without the overdubs) over an organ drone. And then there’s “Guaranteed,” a great tune that really has two versions embedded in the same song — first the vocal version that has Ed singing over acoustic guitar (this was played during the end credits of the movie) and later, in a “hidden track,” the “Humming Version” that starts around 4:40 after a minute or two of silence (who invented hidden tracks anyway? why would I want to endure two minutes of silence or have to press fast forward to get to more music?). The humming version is what opens the film, and features Ed humming the sweet soulful melody over the same guitar rhthym. So for me, the standout tracks are “Hard Sun,” “Guaranteed,” “Setting Forth,” “Far Behind”, “Rise,” and “The Wolf.” That’s half the album, so you can see I think it’s all pretty great and will leave fans itching for a real solo album someday.
This review wouldn’t be complete without some discussion about iTunes. iTunes has available, for $2 more, the “deluxe version” of this album (NOT sold here at Amazon), which augments the original soundtrack with 4 more numbers — “No More” (a cover) and “Photographs” (a short instrumental) lifted from the soundtrack to the documentary ‘Body of War,’ a live version of “No More,” and a live version of “Here’s to the State,” one of Ed’s concert staples that has him railing against various operatives in the Bush administration. iTunes also sells “Guaranteed (Humming Version)” as a separate track, but it’s just the “hidden track” from the 7-minute “Guaranteed” that isn’t available as a single downloadable track. Since the original soundtrack is only about a half-hour long, most fans will welcome the extra 12 minutes of music, but the truth is the tunes don’t completely fit with the rest of the album and some will no doubt find the strong political messages of “No More” (War) and “Here’s to the State,” typical of Ed, tiring.
And so, “Into the Wild” is a short little album written as a movie soundtrack that is loaded with little gems by Eddie Vedder on vocals and acoustic strings. If you like Ed and can put up with the brevity of the songs themselves and the album as a whole, it’s sure to please, and leave you wishing there were more. And there is a little more, only if you’re interested you’ll have to get it from iTunes… or somewhere else😉.