When I first heard that The Real Tuesday Weld’s album, The Last Werewolf: A Soundtrack was the soundtrack to a book, I was slightly taken aback. I’d never really heard of a book having a soundtrack before. A movie? Of course. A video game? Duh! But a book? That seemed somewhat far-fetched for me. Listening to the album, however, cleared everything up. The question is, did it clear it up and make me want to read the book or did it fail in drumming up any interest at all. Check out after the jump for all the details!
Let me start by saying that this is one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever had to write. No, it’s not because I’m so torn in my feelings regarding the album. Instead, the album goes through so many different musical styles that I can’t suggest it to any one type of listener. Don’t believe me? Here’s musical influences that I heard throughout the album: Deadmau5, Tom Waits, The Black Heart Procession, The Beatles, Coldplay, Django Reinhardt, Billie Holiday and more. Seriously, that’s not even diving below the tip of the iceberg to see the mountain below the waterline.
So with all these different musical styles, it’s hard to explain precisely what to expect from this album. But I’ll tell you this: if you like diversity in your music and not knowing what is coming next, this album is for you. It sounds fantastic; each song is beautifully crafted and is faithful to the genre it represents.
The production on the album is wonderful, but definitely requires a good sound system or (preferably) solid headphones to fully appreciate the grand scope of instrumentation. Each song has a wealth of layers and textures that add a great deal to the emotion and the feel. Some tracks that stand out in this regard are ‘Me And Mr. Wolf’, ‘Love Lust Money’, ‘The Hunt’, and ‘Save Me’. These tracks are a good representation of the scope of musical styles I heard and the different instruments and panning techniques made them a pleasure to listen to.
The Final Word: If Glen Duncan’s book is even half as inventive and entertaining as the soundtrack that The Real Tuesday Weld has here, then I’ll be first in line for a copy. Even with the book aside, The Last Werewolf: A Soundtrack is an absolute joy to listen to and I cannot recommend it highly enough.