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Little Children Soundtrack

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A second-generation member of Hollywood's preeminent musical dynasty, composer Thomas Newman carried on his family's legacy through a series of Academy Award-nominated film scores. Born in Los Angeles on October 20, 1955, he was the son of Alfred Newman and the nephew of Lionel and Emil Newman, all three renowned composers and conductors from Hollywood's golden age; Thomas' ... Read more in Amazon's Thomas Newman Store

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  • Composer: Thomas Newman
  • Audio CD (January 23, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Watertower Music
  • ASIN: B000LP6KZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Snack Time
2. Tissue
3. 2 Hillcrest
4. Late Hit
5. Bandshell
6. Red Bathing Suit
7. Lucy
8. It's Wrong And It's Weird
9. Pool Days
10. Weekends Were Difficult
11. What'S The Hurry?
12. Fly Me To The Moon (Arranged By Sammy Nestico)
13. Mae
14. A Sniff Or Two
15. Torso
16. Be A Good Boy
17. Slutty Kay
18. Little Children
19. End Title

Editorial Reviews

Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, and Jennifer Connelly star in the latest work from Oscar-nominated writer/director Todd Field. Based on the novel by Tom Perrotta ("Election"), "Little Children" centers on a handful of individuals whose lives intersect on the playgrounds, in town pools, and on the streets of their small community in surprising and potentially dangerous ways. Features music from Academy Award nominee Thomas Newman, whose extensive work in film and television brings a unique orchestral style to the film's score.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matches Malone on June 2, 2007
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-This is probably one of the most peaceful scores I've ever heard. It's the type that you listen to when you're done doing stuff you're not suppose to do till you're married and in the mood for something quiet and not something that makes your ears bleed. Fans of great composer Thomas Newman will no doubt be in familiar territory with the score which features classic Newman sounds like beautiful string writing and that sad little piano, but not to fear since he doesn't just simply rip himself off, but writes a very refreshing score.

-The highlight on the album for me is fantastic "Bandshell" track. I think it's for the gorgeous shot in the movie when Brad is watching the kids skate in slow motion. It starts off in an almost comedic way with pizzicato strings then the bowed strings kick in playing a very peaceful tune that just warms your heart. Newman also throws in a skittering piano around the 45 sec. mark which always reminds me of Danny Elfman for some reason. He also throws in some synths and it actually works in this case and blends in nicely with the strings instead of standing out or giving one a headache.

-Other great tracks include "It's Wrong and It's Weird", "Lucy", "Pool Days", "Mae", "Be a Good Boy" and of course the fantastic "End Titles". "It's Wrong and It's Weird" accompanies the first sex scene and Newman absolutely nails the whole odd nature of that scene. The two characters are glad they're doing it, but at the same time feel weird and the music captures that weirdness very nicely. "Lucy", "Pool Days" "Be a Good Boy", and "Mae" are all lovely string and piano pieces with some very cool other worldly synths thrown in there.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Williams on February 20, 2007
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Thomas Newman definetaly ought to earn an Oscar for this score. It's simply amazing. As one listens to it, he can see the whole life. All the feelings, that exist in the world, are in this music. Love, hatred, fear, anger, rage, calmness, sorrow, and so on, and so forth. As if we listened to life itself. Newman is a master of orchestrating, we can hear phantastic instruments, and the electronic noises are mixed perfectly with the classical intstruments, such as the flute. Newman's music is always a new experience, always a great journey for the mind. This time is no exception.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Luckard on March 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a five star score, but a two star album. The absolute best piece in the film is the End Credits, but the recording on this album is a completely different version, with enormously different orchestration. The brutal percussion that dominates the film version is not here at all, changing the tone of the piece entirely, and the second half of the album version wanders off into a strange ethereal piece that is not heard in the fiml at all. I had to buy a copy of the DVD to get the "End Credits" I loved so much in the theater. Why, oh why, did they not put that piece on the album?
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By Rich Stoehr on July 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If there is one thing I feel Thomas Newman can be depended on as a composer, it is his ability to capture the mood and heart of a story and express it perfectly in his music. It is a talent he uses to nail nearly every one of his scores, and the music for 'Little Children' is no exception.

In the case of this movie, the score begins with a strong sense of everyday life -- comfortable themes with humor and heart, and only a slight undercurrent of something strange going on just beneath the surface. As we progress to 'Its Wrong and Its Weird', 'Weekends Were Difficult', and 'A Sniff or Two', the stories beneath the story can be heard, while there are still islands of peace to be found in 'Pool Days' or the simple three-note cues of 'Little Children'. And finally, the beautiful 'End Title' wraps it all up in a neat, if surprising, little 8-minute bow.

Despite mostly short cues and very simple orchestrations, somehow Newman's music for 'Little Children' captures facets of the story and of each character with elegance and with charm. It is a very personal score in ways, lacking the clever tone of other Newman scores like 'American Beauty' and missing out on the drama of 'Shawshank Redemption' or 'Green Mile'. 'Little Children' is a simple story, and Newman sensibly keeps his score simple as well -- eloquent and beautiful in its simplicity.

Not bad for less than 40 minutes of music. Not bad at all!
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