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Revolutionary Road

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Thomas Newman composed and conducted this original soundtrack to Revolutionary Road, the film based on the classic novel by Richard Yates. Revolutionary Road is a compelling tale of a beautiful young couple's unraveling relationship, set in angst-ridden, mid-fifties, Connecticut suburbia. The film stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, reunited on the screen for the first time since Titanic. They are joined by fellow Titanic star Kathy Bates in a key supporting role. Thomas Newman is an eight-time Oscar nominee, as well as an Emmy and Grammy Award winner for his work on Six Feet Under and American Beauty, respectively.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 23, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • ASIN: B001LVRSYS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Angel on January 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Thomas Newman's music so easily evokes emotion and the older songs "The Gypsy" and "Count Every Star" are so classy and romantic. Loves it! I only wish they had included the song from the trailer, "Wild is the Wind" by Nina Simone...otherwise it's a beautiful CD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jon Broxton on August 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's been almost a decade since Thomas Newman wrote, and was Oscar nominated for, his score for American Beauty. In the intervening period, Newman's work on that film has, arguably, become the most copied piece of music in recent history: the plinking and plonking and rhythmic quirkiness of that score has become cinematic (and televisual) musical shorthand for suburban life, and the things that go on behind the manicured lawns and the white picket fences. Thomas Newman has collaborated with American Beauty's director, Sam Mendes, twice since then, on Road to Perdition in 2002 and Jarhead in 2005, but Revolutionary Road marks the first return to the setting which initially inspired both men.

Like American Beauty, Revolutionary Road is a tale of suburban malaise and malcontent, hidden behind the sheen of a perfect marriage and the American dream. Based on the novel by Richard Yates and set in Connecticut in the 1950s, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - on screen for the first time together since Titanic - as married couple Frank and April Wheeler. Frank is stuck in a dead-end job, and resorts to alcoholism to escape the mind-numbing drudgery of his life, while April dreams of moving to Paris to become an actress. Their neighbors see a perfect partnership living a perfect life, but in private their marriage is slowly dissolving into an endless cycle of bitter arguments and jealous recriminations, ultimately leading to a devastating conclusion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Hunt on August 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'll just say that I have a playlist with select Newman tracks (134 to be exact) from the 11 scores of his I own and every one of these made it onto the list (minus the non-Newman tracks). The playlist was created to capture the compositions that really reflect the thought-provoking sweetness and the emotional depths within Newman's music, or his "signature sounds". The music on this score is very consistent in those regards, though the score is a little short time-wise.

However, scores like American Beauty, Shawshank Redemption and Road to Perdition still reign supreme in my books (and thus I must give this 4 stars only because I have heard Newman reach even higher peaks).

Still, very good, very solid music to think to, or drift away to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Todd on February 27, 2014
Format: Audio CD
This entire soundtrack is comparable to "American Beauty" the plastic bag scene, or The Road to Perdition, The Green Mile, or to any of the finest soundtracks by Thomas Newman. And aren't they ALL "the finest?" How does he do it?

I knew of whence he came, but not where he goes, until he takes us with him... Beauty beyond compare; anything that flows from his fingertips, I know so well, plucking heart strings from above and below. Dios bendiga.
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I rated it a four and I do like it and am glad I bought it. A bit repetitive. I know all movie music is like that but this was a bit much. I recall the instrumental being more dark, foreboding and I like that. It is relaxing because it is slow and the bass is pleasurable to my ear. The piano is so beautiful in this music. When I close my eyes I can have a giant movie fantasy to the music. It is called a creative fantasy. I fantasize I am writing and conducting or playing this music. I could be doing it all. After all it is my fantasy. The singers were nice but I don't remember more than one song with the singers. I was not a fan of 50's music. I was born in 56. I would like to know if Thomas Newman is Alfred Newman's son, and who takes credit for Randy Newman? Are they all relatives? I would like to know the relationship if there is one.
My mother gave us a gift while growing up of music appreciation. She had the stereo on every minute when she was home. All the movie music. My sister and I knew the theme music to the movie the Apartment and all the music from Dr. Zhivago. Thanks mom.
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By ScoreBuff on February 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I get what some others have said about it being repetitive, and a rehash of some of his other works. But at the same time, this is a film score. It was meant to serve the film, not the people listening to it apart from the film. If it's not completely satisfying to listen to apart from the movie, that doesn't make it a bad score, or even a mediocre score. It is what it is, and that is a really good score IMO. I think some of us have listened to his music so much that we've become a little jaded. I can imagine it's probably very hard for composers to keep coming up with completely fresh ideas after so many years of working on movies, so I prefer to cut them some slack. I personally think Newman does an excellent job of being unique, and constantly evolving, yet maintaining his signature sound.

In addition to this score, I would also recommend "7 Pounds" by Angelo Milli, "Only Memories" by Josh Kramer, and anything by Olafur Arnalds.
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