- Various Artists
- Elliot Goldenthal
3.5 / 5 Stars
Frida, the bio-pic of artist Frida Kahlo, features a dramatic and poignant score (with songs) by composer Elliot Goldenthal. Very heavy on the Latin musical themes, Goldenthal employed plenty of Mexican guitars, as well as a string ensemble. "The Floating Bed" is a great example of one of the main themes heard through the score, with traditional Mexican rhythms, yet with the distinctive Goldenthal edge. When it's not as upbeat as that, it's more plaintive and dramatic, even a touch romantic (as in "Solo Tu"). "La Cavalera" is a rather dark malevolent track, employing that edge that Goldenthal does so well.
The songs on the album all show up in the film, and a few of them were written by Goldenthal. Most notably, "Viva La Vida" and "Burn it Blue"; the latter of which employs themes heard through the film. Featured singers include Lila Downs, Chavela Vargas, and Caetano Veloso. The songs flow exceptionally well with the score, and if you're in the mood for a dramatic, Mexican themed album, this one is a definite winner.