Whale Rider Former Dead Can Dance singer Gerrard employs synthesizers, guitars, a piano, and, yes, her lovely voice for this haunting collection Whale Rider from the buzzworthy… Whale Rider Former Dead Can Dance singer Gerrard employs synthesizers, guitars, a piano, and, yes, her lovely voice for this haunting collection Whale Rider from the buzzworthy… 2003-06-03 Lisa Gerrard
Music Review

Whale Rider (2003)

Lisa Gerrard | HAUNTING Former Dead Can Dance singer Gerrard
Image credit: Lisa Gerrard: Neale Duckworth/Headpress/Retna
HAUNTING Former Dead Can Dance singer Gerrard
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 03, 2003; Lead Performance: Lisa Gerrard

Former Dead Can Dance singer Gerrard employs synthesizers, guitars, a piano, and, yes, her lovely voice for this haunting collection Whale Rider from the buzzworthy New Zealand indie flick. While the movie is torpid at times, the same can't be said of the soundtrack, which is a soul-stirring entity all its own. Even lyric-free scene setters like ''Ancestors'' and ''Suitcase,'' which both clock in at less than two minutes, carry an emotional heft that most of today's radio-ready pop ballads would be hard-pressed to match.

Originally posted Jul 11, 2003 Published in issue #718 Jul 11, 2003 Order article reprints