I didn't see the movie this soundtrack goes with until several years after its release. The only thing I remember was all the hubbub about Jesus and his loincloth... When I went to rent it, one videostore clerk actually said, "(company-in-question) made a CONSCIOUS decision not to carry that title..." So in other words, the rest of their decisions are semi-to-unconsciously made...
Anyway, when I finally did see the movie, I was blown away by the music: it was like a wall of sound full of emotion, ripe with conviction and doubt, all at the same time. It reflected the film's premise very well, and then it hit me: people weren't pissed off at the film's version of Christ, they were pissed that the music was modern and entrancing, instead of filled with all that hymnal crud from church.
I had a copy of this righteous cd in college until some stoner stole it from me, so I bought another one recently. I was disappointed to find it displayed the same poor press quality as the first one did. Apparently, Real World had some problems with that release, so some of the tunes streaming into your pc from that album may sound muffled. But the CD is a MUST for anyone who knows what good music is. Just turn the volume up on your stereo.
Guest vocals from Nusrat Khan Sahib, Youssou N'Dour, and Baaba Maal.