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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly melodic and stirring, February 4, 2000
This review is from: American Beauty: Original Motion Picture Score (Audio CD)
At long last they decided to release the score to this geniune American beauty of a film. This collection of dark, perilous emotional tunes sets the stage for a grippingly dark and surreal look at suburbia America, but its story could take place anywhere. Thomas Newman has enveloped the heart of human desire and despair in this score, which screams then plagues at the human spirit, then sending it into the realms of comedy and laughter, and back to the gloomy realities of life. Portions of the score, such as "Mental Boy" cause one to cringe and look around to see if they are being watched, as if your life behind closed doors can be seen by the outer world. "Lunch With the King" is a lighthearted excursion into hilarity, reflecting the comical aspect of the picture. But most of the score is a constant stalking sense of being watched and wondered about. It sends waves of eeries chills up the spine yet absorbs the human heart as if to say, yes, life is cruel and unfair, but nobody's life is a bed of roses, as this film depicts with stunning illusional effect. Thomas Newman has created a score unlike any other, and has sealed himself in the annals of great movie composers such as Alfred Newman, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Franz Waxman, Dimitri Tiomkin, just to name a few. This score will get you and hold you until the final note dwindles off in the still air around you. You're left questioning the rules of life and how life can be a brutal beast to your nature. What we want we may get, though it will hurt some, and in time it will come back to get even. The score conveys that of many other emotions too deep to express verbally.
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