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Gods And Monsters: Music From The Original Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Carter BurwellAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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listen  9. Watch Me DiveCarter Burwell 3:21$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen10. Gas Masks OnCarter Burwell0:33$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen11. FrankenwhaleCarter Burwell 1:56$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen12. Soldier in the RainCarter Burwell0:49$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen13. Barnett on the WireCarter Burwell 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Return to the TrenchesCarter Burwell 1:25$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen15. Wrestling the MonsterCarter Burwell 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Last SwimCarter Burwell 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Friend?Carter Burwell 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (November 10, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00000FDH9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

To orchestrate this semifictional account of the life of horror director James Whale, Carter Burwell attempts to capture a bit of the orchestral grandeur of Franz Waxman's original score to Whale's Bride of Frankenstein. But although much of the music fulfills Burwell's desire to echo the movie's themes of death, desire, and loneliness in a late-19th-century Romantic manner, there is something peculiarly modern about his final execution. Instead of shrill moments of romantic agony or passionate crescendos, the layers of melancholy violins and pensive woodwinds provide textures that are relentlessly counterclimactic. While it may lack surface excitement, the score reflects the psyche of the film's main character: a gentle but jaded man who is vexed by unfulfilled desire and simply wants to die. --Joseph Lanza

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure for the ears! February 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack really capture with flaire and sensibility all the emotions carried in the movie. The music, subtle and very touching, is a masterpiece in self-restrain and effectiveness. It proves that you don't need a full-blown orchestra to carry emotions. The CD really reflects the mood of the movie and is must to anyone who loved the movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Masterpiece from the Contemporary Cinema November 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Carter Burwell's musical score for GODS AND MONSTERS is truly one of the most beautiful and haunting works from the contemporary cinema. It is at times soothing or melancholy, while at other times it is eerie, mysterious, and even downright spooky. The film for which it was written is, of course, Writer-Dirctor Bill Condon's somewhat controversial bio-pic that explores, using both facts and speculation, the last weeks in the life of James Whale, himself a famed film director who is probably best known for his early horror flicks like FRANKENSTEIN and THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. It is only fitting, then, that the music, much like Whale's life and career, fluctuates in both mood and timbre.
Today it is well known that Whale was a homosexual, and the film GODS AND MONSTERS openly addresses this fact. Needless to say, the film itself may not appeal to those who are easily offended by obvious allusions to the gay lifestyle or its inherent practices. However, any movie buff who enjoys the films created by James Whale will certainly enjoy the musical score to GODS AND MONSTERS. In another time, Burwell's music could have easily worked for THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN or THE INVISIBLE MAN.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Album January 24, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Beautifully melancholy. Perfect for times of quiet introspection and reflection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental and Nostalgic April 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I hope it doesn't make the CD sound cheap when i say that it is Sentimental; it's truly a good thing. This music could be nothing but Sentimental. James Whale was a phenomenal character and the music fabulous Carter Burwell created to accompany his story is perfect. It waltzes over and over again stressing the importance of life with a flair. Exactly what James Whale seemed to long for in the film. A life of love and social fun.
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