Although this is a tie-in release with the 2005 movie Capote, it's not exactly a soundtrack, or a Truman Capote
album. It's something between the two, mixing Truman Capote
recitations with incidental music from the film score. Most of the quite lengthy (76-minute) CD is devoted to excerpts from the 1966 album Truman Capote Reads Scenes from 'In Cold Blood': A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. Although the title might seem self-explanatory, for those who've seen the movie it's worth emphasizing that the spoken word passages from Capote
's book In Cold Blood are not
read here by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the actor who played the writer in the film. They're read by Capote
himself, and even if you're well acquainted with his life, it still comes as somewhat of a shock to hear such a middle-America-gone-awry tale delivered in such a fey yet matter-of-fact voice. Most listeners will find these readings rather tough going, and more effective as read in the printed page (or experienced indirectly via the movie), though it's useful material for serious fans of Capote
and/or the book. Linking some of the passages, and opening and closing the disc, are excerpts from Mychael Danna
's moody score, which establishes a grimly subdued atmosphere.