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« on: March 28, 2004, 05:36:40 pm »
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What are some of your favorite hauntingly beautiful songs or pieces of music? You know, the songs that send chills down your spine, give you goosebumps, bring tears to your eyes, move you, or just make you out right emotional.

I guess I should go ahead and list some of mine....

Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings (or Agnus Dei): This is my all time favorite piece of classical music. "Agnus Dei" and "Adagio for Strings" are the same piece,  but "Agnus Dei" is done acapella by a choral group, where "Adagio for Strings" is  by strings, full orchestra, and they are both utterly beautiful. The first time I heard it a friend of mine played it for me in her dorm room. Afterwords I don't know whether it is the most sad song or the most heavenly I have ever heard. When listening to it I was moved to tears simply because of how breathtakingly beautiful it was. It moved me, it made me think of people I love, people I have lost, and it made me happy to be alive and cherish life. If you have never heard this I really suggest you go and download it now!!!

Sarah Mclachlan - Gloomy Sunday: Many people have covered this song and while I am not a huge fan of  Mclachlan her version of "Gloomy Sunday" is so haunting that the first time I heard it, it gave me chills and I had not even really listened to the lyrics yet. The second time listening to it I payed real close attention to the lyrics and found it to be one of the most disturbingly beautiful yet depressing songs I have ever heard. Her voice, the acoustic guitar and the lyrics come together and bring chills threw my spine.

Placebo - My Sweet Prince: I bought the Placebo CD "Without You I'm Nothing" after hearing "Pure Morning" on the radio without ever hearing anything else. When I get the Cd home I pop it into my CD player and let the whole thing play while I am busy doing other things around my bedroom, then the song "My Sweet Prince comes on. I stopped what i was doing and sat and listened. Brian really bears his soul on this song. When he delivers the lines "Me and the dragon can chase all the pain away. So before I end my day, remember" I was blown away by his voice which made me believe what he was saying 100%. It's a Really haunting song, with a very deep meaning.....heroin addiction!

Alanis Morissettes - Uninvited: I have yet to see the movie "City of Angles" but I have had the soundtrack ever since I heard the song "Uninvited" the first time on the radio. This song still gives me goose bumps everytime I hear it. It's a very powerful song along with the music and vocals.

Howard Shore - Two Towers Soundtrack: The first time I saw the Two Towers I noticed how much more powerful and moving, (for me), the music was then in FOTR. Songs like "The Riders Of Rohan", "The King Of The Golden Hall", "Forth Eorlingas", "Evenstar", "Isengard Unleashed", and "Gollum's Song" and others not only gave me chills the first time I saw TT but still do when listening to the soundtrack.

Howard Shore - Return of the King Soundtrack: I think about every song, along with the images sent chills down my spine the first time I saw ROTK, and listening to the soundtrack does the same.

I have many others but I have typed far too long now, so it's your turn.
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2004, 06:36:18 pm »
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Oh I know what you mean by 'hauntingly beautiful'. There's this new band that I'm into right now called My Dying Bride. They're like goth-metal with a celtic/medievil feeling to it. They use a lot of violin but with beautiful, heavy guitar sounds and melodies. And piano aswell. The first song I downloaded by them was called 'A Kiss To Remember' and I'm STILL obsessed with it even though I've listened to it over 20 times (And I just downloaded it 2 days ago). They're a great band, and their sound is really 'hauntingly beautiful'.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2004, 11:47:22 pm »
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anything by The Chameleons UK. the entire 'Script Of The Bridge' album, which was released in '83, is perhaps one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of modern rock. Mark Burgess' raspy, weathered voice blends perfectly with dreamy guitars and bass and a steady drum beat as he and his bandmates weaves stories of loneliness, murder, domestic violence, drug use, and loss of innocence. if you're a fan of bands like The Cure and Joy Division, then i highly recommend The Chameleons UK.

other hauntingly beautiful songs:
'Gollum's Song'- Emiliana Torrini
'Into The West- Annie Lennox
i cry everytime i hear these.

also:
'Tomorrow'- U2
'Pull Me Under'- Dream Theater
'Love Will Tear Us Apart'- Joy Division
'Sugar Hiccup'- Cocteau Twins
'I'll Fall With Your Knife'- Peter Murphy
'Love My Way'- Psychedelic Furs
'Tonight'- Clan Of Xymox
'Blasphemous Rumors'- Depeche Mode
'Is Your Love Strong Enough?'- Bryan Ferry
'Original Sin'- INXS
'Kangaroo'- This Mortal Coil

everytime i hear these, i get shivers down my spine.
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2004, 11:26:37 am »
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2004, 12:18:03 pm »
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*gasp*
Another Dream Theater fan!! What's up, severence??

Here's my list:

The Chemical Brothers - Surrender (yeah, the entire album rocks, although my fave is "The Sunshine Underground")
Alanis Morrissette - "That I Would Be Good"
Nine Inch Nails - "Hurt," "The Great Below" and "And All That Could Have Been" (among tons of other things)
Silverchair - "Ana's Song (Open Fire)"
Annie Lennox - "Into the West" (from ROTK, but I'm sure you all know that already )
Dream Theater - "Home"
Third Eye Blind - "Eye Conqueror" (from the soundtrack to A Knight's Tale) and "Deep Inside of You"
Pretty much all the LOTR soundtracks
Billy Joel - "This Night" (it's been stuck in my head lately; very romantic) and "New York State of Mind"

....I'll think of more later, but those are some of the big ones. And a lot of these aren't really "beautiful" necessarily, but they do give me chills every time I hear them.
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Quote from: PHF1138 on March 29, 2004, 12:18:03 pm   

*gasp*
Another Dream Theater fan!! What's up, severence??


heeey!! i know, i never meet anyone that likes Dream Theater, let alone even knows who they are. i first got into their music when i was in junior high. one of my friends had a tape of 'Images And Words' and i instantly fell in love w/ James LaBrie's voice and the band's awesome sound. wow, that guy's got MAJOR vocal range. i wish i could hit those notes.
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2004, 10:07:26 am »
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U2-With or Without You

FotR and RotK sondtrack.

Our Lady Peace-Innocent

Coldplay- The Scientist

Dashboard Confessional- Carve your Heart out and Ten Ways to Die Trying

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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2004, 10:25:56 am »
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Another Dream Theater fan!! What's up, severence??


heeey!! i know, i never meet anyone that likes Dream Theater, let alone even knows who they are. i first got into their music when i was in junior high. one of my friends had a tape of 'Images And Words' and i instantly fell in love w/ James LaBrie's voice and the band's awesome sound. wow, that guy's got MAJOR vocal range. i wish i could hit those notes.
I know! We're so few and far between, aren't we? I got into them thanks to this boy I had a crush on a while ago -- he's a real music geek, and he's always raving about them. AND he can play all the guitar riffs perferctly -- even the crazy fast ones! It's quite impressive. Right now all I have is "Scenes From A Memory" but I love it to death. I'm thinking about getting "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence," but I've been holding off because it's a double CD, and therefore more expensive.
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2004, 06:35:48 pm »
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ANYTHING my evanescence. and time is running out by muse
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2004, 10:59:20 pm »
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"Marble Halls" by Enya and "Porcelain" by Moby.

Oh, and maybe I'm just weird, but I'm going to add Moby's remix of "1979" [Smashing Pumpkins] in there too.

Those are just a few songs that I felt like mentioning.
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2004, 03:58:27 pm »
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oooh, so many on the first two LOTR soundtracks, and also, has anyone heard the new song "For Lovers" by Wolfman & the Side Effects (i.e. Pete Doherty from the Libertines)?
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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2004, 06:40:38 pm »
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"the boxer" by simon and garfunkel
"the breaking of the fellowship" howard shore.  brings a tear to my eye every time.
"with or without you" u2
"shiver" coldplay
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Quote from: tell_me_when_its_over on March 31, 2004, 06:35:48 pm   

ANYTHING my evanescence.
Yeah, I agree with you on that. As others had said, Sarah Mclachlan's music too is hauntingly beautiful.
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2004, 10:32:36 pm »
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I think that A Perfect Circle's music is haunting but very beautiful... For example, the song 'Lullaby'. It was hardly any lyrics... but the music and what they do say is very haunting yet soothing.
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2004, 04:15:58 pm »
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Quote from: Seiko_Elijah on April 01, 2004, 03:58:27 pm   

oooh, so many on the first two LOTR soundtracks, and also, has anyone heard the new song "For Lovers" by Wolfman & the Side Effects (i.e. Pete Doherty from the Libertines)?

Wow! You like the Libertines, they are so good I was listening to all their sessions the other day and I found the new French Sessions. Good stuff. Anyway, beautiful music.
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