Eddie Vedder, 'Music for the Motion Picture Into the Wild' (J/Monkeywrench)

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Music for the Motion Picture Into the Wild
Critical Mass
Label: J/Monkeywrench

by David Marchese

This humble, hazy soundtrack to Sean Penn's film about tramping and tragedy in the American wilderness is probably as close as the Pearl Jam singer will ever come to recording a psych-folk album. The handful of somber, droning mood pieces don't really transcend their film-contingent origins, but on the actual full-length songs -- especially the rippling "Rise" and yearning cover of Indio's "Hard Sun" (with help from Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker) -- Vedder's incantatory vocals and campfire instrumentation evoke the eerie beauty of untouched land.

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