Angela's Ashes Soundtrack
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I haven't even seen the movie that inspired this soundtrack, and yet, the music is so powerful it touches and moves me every time I listen. When track #17 plays, I almost cry....and don't even know the circumstances of the moment. If you enjoy any of John William's before-mentioned soundtracks, I guarantee that you'll enjoy this one.
Angela's Ashes isn't Star Wars, so anyone gravitated to it for that reason would no doubt be disappointed. A.A. represents the pinnacle of Williams' orchestral, string grandeur with moving, tragic themes that take the listener to the center of the story without seeming manipulative. This is simply beautiful music at its best.
This is not to indicate that the score is not varied, for it is and surprisingly so. There are fun, pizzicato string passages and light harp cues to evoke Frankie's innocence, but the listener always returns to the stirring passages of intense strings that tear into your soul. From beginning to end, the score-and the movie for that matter-is entirely listenable with passages that never bore, never become redundant, and always are developing one of the fabulous melodies that Williams has composed for this project. This score was nominated for an Academy Award, and as far as I am concerned it deserved to win.
Unfortunately, while the score is flawless, the packaging is far from perfect. As is the plague to many film scores, there is unwanted, unnecessary, intrusive dialogue that detracts from the listening experience and disturbs the music. There is no excuse for the inclusion of dialogue, and I condemn all Record Labels who persist in doing this.
Underneath the dialogue, however is one of John Williams' best-one of CINEMA'S best.Read more ›
Fortunately there is a solution. Decca released the same score in Europe WITHOUT the annoying dialogue. It can be obtained through some mail order services that mostly deal with soundtracks. - The Decca release is well worth the hassle!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an underrated best by maestro Williams! Don't sleep on this gem. I just purchased the score as well; they make a well deserved addition to my score study library.Published on April 4, 2014 by Eydichi
John Williams has a seemingly unlimited talent for incredible scores. I recently saw Angela's Ashes on television for the first time and became distracted by the beautiful and... Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Alfie
...that this album is just not a masterpiece. I couldn't help reacting something to all those comments that praise Williams to the skies. Not that I hate him. No. Read morePublished on October 4, 2004 by Mark Adrian
Although the music is very nice, the excerpts of the story ruins the beautiful music composed by John Williams. If it wasn't for that, this would be a 4 or 5 star album. Read morePublished on September 26, 2002
The movie was good, but surprisingly it is the motion picture soundtrack which actually better serves the wonderful novel from which it was spawned. Read morePublished on September 3, 2002 by Nelson Aspen
Thematically, John Williams' score for "Angela's Ashes" is more akin to his music for "Schindler's List" than for any of the "Star Wars" films. Read morePublished on December 29, 2001 by John Kwok
This CD is excellent. The highlights of course being tracks 1, 17 and 18 (reprise of track 1 -- typical of the ever-concert minded Williams). Read morePublished on December 27, 2001 by Richard Okagbue
As a student harpist making her tape to submit to the American Harp Society's National Competition, "The Lanes of Limerick" was one of the songs that we had to include on... Read morePublished on October 8, 2001 by M. Valenti