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Interpreter Soundtrack


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  • Performer: Kouame Sereba
  • Audio CD (April 19, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00081U6HS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Matobo
2. Silvia is Followed
3. Tobin Comes Home
4. Silvia's Background
5. Philippe
6. Drowning Man Trail (Atolago)
7. Guy Forgot His Lunch
8. The Phonecall
9. Simon's Journals
10. Silvia Showers
11. Did He Leave a Note?
12. Zuwanie Arrival at Un
13. Assassin
14. End Credits (Atolago)

Editorial Reviews

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Veteran director Sydney Pollack tackles contemporary international intrigues in this political thriller about a UN interpreter (Nicole Kidman) who claims to have overheard an assassination plot, and the Secret Service agent (Sean Penn) who's assigned to protect her. Composer James Newton Howard (a 2004 Academy Award nominee for his haunting score to M. Night Shyamalan's otherwise disappointing The Village) conjures up a brooding, mostly orchestral score that eschews traditional melodic motifs in favor of an often sophisticated musical tapestry of mood and tension. His soundtrack's dark corners are leavened by flashes of tribal drums and ethnic modalities that emanate from the plot's African concerns, yet Howard's music is primarily modern. It's not above some obligatory stem-winding and occasional flashes of McAction Film bombast, but overall it’s a crafty evocation of mood and suspense from one of Hollywood's most consistently compelling musical talents. --Jerry McCulley

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Beautiful flute and soft piano sounds.
James D. Falls
There are hints of that score here, as well as some of the Shyamalan scores.
James Luckard
Seen the movie yesterday and I was Thrilled!!
John Gates

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Luckard on May 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
James Newton Howard has been consistently crafting stunning scores for years now, without the notice he deserves. Would any of M. Night Shyamalan's films have half of their power without his breathtaking music? Look up almost any romantic comedy of the last ten years, chances are he scored it. He created the definitive sound with "Pretty Woman" and "Dave."

"The Interpreter" finds him in urban thriller mode, which he did so well in "The Fugitive." There are hints of that score here, as well as some of the Shyamalan scores. Like Williams or any great film composer, Howard has a distinctive sound, and it's a pleasure to distinguish it from the mass of sound-alike film music.

Howard creates an intelligent, chilly mood for this thoughtful thriller. Blending in African sounds and traditional songs at times, he gives a sense of Kidman's character's roots, while always staying modern and spare, fitting the New York setting.

The cue "Simon's Journals," is from a pivotally emotional scene for Kidman's character, and is a highlight, blending percussive African rhythms to create a powerful effect. Tracks 12 and 13, however, are what I end up playing over and over. They play as one continuous piece in the film, and form the ten minute action finale of the film, as the assassination plot unfolds.

Highly recommended to film score collectors.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Southall on September 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Bruno Mertens "cyberghandi" the song you are after is F-Stop Blues. It is by Jack Johnson, and you will find it on his album Bushfire Fairytails. Great song. Great Album.

Oh, and great film!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Silas on May 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The song your looking for is by Lyle Lovett, If I had boat. I agree great song.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Mertens on June 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I saw the movie today (hey... Europe is always several steps behind...) and I really liked it although it's certainly not Pollack's best. I did enjoy the score (very reminescent of Howard's work in The Village). I would like to thank several reviewers for pointing out the song in the bar by Lovett. But I'm looking for another track as well. When one of the agents is in his car we can hear another song (I think it's right before Nicole's charachter enters the car, before the bus-situation). It seemed like a very mellow acoustic track sung by a male artist (very Jack Johnson-style, maybe even him, although it's certainly not on his albums as I know them all by heart). Can anyone help me with that? It would mean a lot to me. I've looked everywhere (google, official site) but I can't seem to find it. Obviously it would have to be in the end credits but since the movie just came out here... Does anyone have it in DVD? Can anyone help me with that? Thanks!

anthony_mertens@hotmail.com
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By van zant on June 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Great Film and also a great soundtrack...But I'm looking for who's singing the song that Sean Penn select after plug off the power chord of the jukebox machine...It seems that is the favourite song of his recently dead wife...Could anybody help me to find the title of that song and the artist that sing it?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Todd on February 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought "The Interpreter" soundtrack CD just to find out who sang the beautiful "Atolago" used twice on the soundtrack. I had to search all over the Internet to find out who was singing this gorgeous song, as it was uncredited on the soundtrack! Luckily Kouame Sereba had it listed on his own website, or I would never have been able to find out more about this great artist known for vocals and mouth harp among other African instruments.

He wrote and performed this wonderful song "Atolago" which made the entire soundtrack worthwhile. I love James Newton Howard, and commend him for his as always excellent work, but question why credit was not given where credit is due? This is unheard of!

In the film, you can hear the song "Atolago" inside the United Nations building (Drowning Man Trail) and at the End Credits.

This song is "a Power and a Prayer... a wisp on the wind that brings one nearer to God." For me, this music is "A Sunrise renewing the world again for another day." I would love to have the English translation.

There is much more information on Sereba's website, and he has played on "From Senegal To Setesdal" with Kirsten Brĺten Berg from Norway (CD also sold on Amazon), which has become one of my favorite CD's of all time. One of his other projects, the "Dodo" project, can be heard on myspace.

I look forward to many more CD's and concerts in the U.S. that we can attend, as everyone should have the opportunity to hear this incredible music. It brings peace to the heart, makes one want to "dance with joy" and helps one to "forgive the unforgivable." There IS a chance for us all to work towards a world of "light and peace" which is the thrust of the film to begin with.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy J. Fetzer on March 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I loved the movie and the music, often ethnic African. Its the reason I bought this. But there is nothing in this CD like it. I didn't recognize a single movement, and I've seen the movie a dozen times. I expected the songs that played through the movie, like when Tobin plays the juke box in the opening or Sylvia's flute song... not the background music of when they are moving up a street, riding the scooter. its just background music. Do NOT waste your money on this.
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