Talk to MeThe soundtrack for Talk To Me, produced by J. Miles Dale, Kevin Weaver, and director Kasi Lemmons, is an expert blend of hits from the 1960s. With songs from such performers as James Brown, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, and the Dramatics, the soundtrack doesn’t let up as each song feeds into the next and the history of African American rock plays out in your stereo.

Listening to James Brown performing “Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud” live in Dallas is a real treat and shows that his legacy has stood the test of time as his back and forth repertoire with the audience still manages to excite in 2007. “Hold On, I’m Comin” also  drives home the true meaning of a “classic” song as Sam & Dave bust out the familiar lines and remind listeners of the hey day of rock. Otis Redding makes two appearances on this soundtrack, one on “Tramp” with Carla Thomas, a remarkable duet, and one by himself performing “I Can’t Turn You Loose” in classic Redding style. And if you can’t move to The Capitols energetic performance of “Cool Jerk”, you might need to reevaluate your taste in music.

Many soundtracks include classic performances and classic songs, but for some reason or another they often fall short of the mark they were aiming for because the songs don’t seem to tie together to provide a general theme. Like any good soundtrack should, Talk To Me plays out like a well-put-together mix tape. By the time the 13th track “Compared To What”, listeners will be in the mood to go out dancing or just let the cd automatically start itself over.

Really giving a feel for the film about an ex-con that becomes a popular radio personality in Washington D.C., this soundtrack really isn’t meant to be missed by anyone who appreciates a good collection of music and soul. And like most good soundtracks, it might just make you want to go out and see the movie too.

To purchase the Talk To Me soundtrack, visit Amazon

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