Movie Review: “Beautiful Noise” Fine Tunes The Struggle Of Harnessing Unique Talent

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Review by Tracee Bond

“Beautiful Noise” is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late twentieth century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.

Director Eric Green does an excellent job of bringing music to our ears through the unique sound of the Cocteau twins. By taking us through each phase of their rise and fall, we gain a greater appreciation of music, the industry, and the determination of artists to deliver their brand in their own unique way. As the underground set was being developed in England in the early nineties, many bands were positioning themselves to maintain a following of devoted listeners who appreciated an alternative style of music that wasn’t in the mainstream.

The Cocteau twins who had no knowledge of the industry standards, haphazardly used Robin Guthrie’s guitar and Elizabeth Guthrie’s unique voice to develop a following of listeners that supported them through a decades-long phase of celebrity that brought out the best and worst of them. “Beautiful Noise” capitalizes on the way in which commercialization and resistance to change forced the group into internal battles with themselves and external battles with producers. After almost twenty years of growing pains, the revised group, in spite of hit after hit lost its way.

In 2007, the Jesus and Mary Chain reunited and once again made beautiful music. With many well-known music producers from a span of over thirty years telling their version of the Cocteau story, this film is very credible and worthy of the time it took to get the story told. Authentic music lovers will appreciate the sound of the smoothly blended music that expresses uncompromised style and relentless talent.

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