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Life as a House: Original Motion Picture Score Soundtrack


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While Irwin Winkler's bittersweet film constructs a touching allegory--Kevin Kline's character is diagnosed with terminal cancer and sets about both salvaging a relationship with his estranged son and building the house of his dreams--it's also the kind of story that requires a deft musical touch, one that embodies a sense of buoyant optimism even as it heads toward the dramatically inevitable. Alternating between vibrant, rhythmic passages carried largely by mallet instruments (and resembling a more structured take on similar Tom Newman cues) and the melancholy of his quietly effective writing for strings and solo piano, Mark Isham's score strikes an almost perfect emotional balance amid a minefield of potential bathos. It also fuses some of the composer's modern minimalist composing instincts and spacious sense of dynamics with the more traditionally pastoral, resulting in emotionally introspective music that is considerably more than the sum of its parts. --Jerry McCulley

1. If I Could Kiss You
2. Round Robin
3. Tear It Down
4. Love Is Not Enough
5. I'm Happy Today
6. Leap
7. Sunscreen and Bycicles
8. Promise
9. Build This House With Me
10. Leap of Faith
11. Building a Family
12. I'll Take This One
13. I Built Myself a Life

Product Details

  • Composer: Mark Isham
  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005R8DM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The music fits so well with the movie.
Jane
Another release of this Movie Soundtrack should be put out to include this song as well as the many others that were omitted.
Lea M. Lawrence
I don't know what it is about this movie, it just touches me very deeply everytime I watch and I cry almost everytime.
"fore_mole"

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209 of 220 people found the following review helpful By Julia Martin on April 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I agree that the soundtrack is more like a score. The music on the film was awesome and I think you should take the previously given advice and create your own soundtrack. I have the DVD and I wrote down all the songs from the credits. Here they are:
Guster - What You Wish For
Guster - Rainy Day
Limp Bizkit - Re-arranged
Radiohead - How to Disappear Completely
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now
Marilyn Manson - Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This]
Supertones - Who Can Be Against Me
Violent Femmes - Children of the Revolution
Gob - That's the Way
On - Soluble Words
Default - Live a Lie
Default - Somewhere
Ohgr - Water
Deadsy - Gramercy Park
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122 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Betsy on April 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm a 14 year old girl who has recently watched Life as A House. The movie was excellent and really touched my heart with it's meanings. It's my favorite movie and I hope that more people will watch it. Anyways, thanks for all of your reviews about the Soundtrack. I was searching for it in the local stores, and had I not found out that it was only scores from the movie, not the pop/rock songs (that really helped the movie, I think, rather than the scores) were on there, I would have bought it. Thanks! And I also would like to say that The pop/rock songs on the movie were great, and I made a soundtrack of my own from the songs I caught on the scroll at the end. Here's a list:
Guster - What You Wish For
Guster - Rainy Day
Limp Bizkit - Re-arranged
Radiohead - How to Disappear Completely
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now
Marilyn Manson - Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This]
Supertones - Who Can Be Against Me
Violent Femmes - Children of the Revolution
Gob - That's the Way
On - Soluble Words
Default - Live a Lie
Default - Somewhere
Ohgr - Water
Deadsy - Gramercy Park
I hope someone finds this helpful! Keep watching the movie, as have I like 25 times! hehe. It's awesome
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By eyelovemovies! on December 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I agree with all the comments. I saw the movie on a preview night. I went immediately to my computer to put myself on a waiting list for the release of the soundtrack, however, though I was happy to see something was available, I know only too well that the word "Score" is a clear indication you are not going to be getting any commercially released music that you heard during the movie. Though I will not buy the score, I would absolutely buy a Soundtrack of this movie. To those in the high castle, please consider releasing this as a soundtrack, but do it soon before the movie fades from our memories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brent Elwin Engle on November 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I can NEVER understand people who think they're reviewing something that is
only related because SOME of it's in the same movie. No, there aren't any
songs on this cd. There isn't supposed to be! HERE IS THE SCORE. And it's
INCREDIBLE! It has choked me up and put me to tears, time and time again.
Without THIS music, I doubt the movie would've worked. I think the other 4+
star reviews (of the SCORE, NOT the movie or songs) are where you should be
looking now. I'm too incensed to feel the love I have for Isham's work. ----
[Now that it's a year later, I've calmed down. I'm feeling the love again.]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "fore_mole" on January 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I saw this movie several months ago, and I balled like a baby. I don't know what it is about this movie, it just touches me very deeply everytime I watch and I cry almost everytime. For a very long time I didn't know what it was about it, but I realized that it was the beautiful score that Mark Isham wrote for this movie that got to me. I highly recommend that you buy this cd, and if you haven't seen the movie stop wasting time and go get...right now!
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amy on January 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Hi all, I've searched high and low and found these songs are on the movie. Since I can't get my hands on the movie to watch and sit through the credits I did it by ear and searching everywhere. Anyway there are still 3 songs I haven't figured out. But these are the 8 songs that are in movie. My suggestion, there won't be a soundtrack so just make your own.
Guster - What you Want
Guster - Rainy Day
Limp Bizkit - Rearranged
Radiohead - How to Disappear
Joni Mitchell - Both sides Now
Marilyn Manson - Sweet Dreams
Supertones - Who Can Be Against Me
Violent Femmes - Children of the Revolution
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful soundtrack that allows us to return to the film that made us think and continues to linger in our minds..It was Joni Mitchell who sang "Both Sides Now" Her voice has changed through the years and this is a song on her 2000 CD appropriately titled "Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now"..Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Craig on March 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I think that this music is so beautiful, very uplifting, and I think that we will be hearing a lot more about Mark Isham soon. His music is very enchanting, compelling, and uplifting, and he has also done the music to films such as Hardball, Don't say a Work, Men Of Honor, October Sky, just to name a few. For everyone below me who gave this CD one star, this is the SCORE from the movie, the SCORE, which means that it is instrumental music by the composer. A soundtrack of this movie was not made, and that is too bad, but don't bash the incredible score to this incredible movie :-)
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