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August: Osage County - Original Score Music

January 7, 2014 | Format: MP3

$10.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 3, 2014
  • Release Date: January 7, 2014
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 24:26
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  • ASIN: B00HFYC5XY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,036 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2014
Format: MP3 Music
I recently saw "August: Osage County" in the theatre, and made a mental note to check out the soundtrack, as the music plays prominently throughout the movie. As it turns out, there are TWO soundtracks from the movie: there is the one containing the songs that are featured in the movie, and then there is this one, the orchestral score by Gustavo Santaolalla. You may recall that the Argentinean has previously won back-to-back Oscars for his music for Brokeback Mountain in 2005 and then Babel in 2006, so the guy is no slouch.

"August: Osage County - Original Score Music" (14 tracks; 24 min. and no, that is not a typo) starts with the all-too-brief if gorgeous "August Osage County (Main Theme)", with a full orchestra providing the lush sounds. More of the same with "The Fields", which I wish would go on a few more minutes. "Arrival" is a more restrained and somber tune, with acoustic guitar upfront. The next track "Impermanence" is similar, but this time with Spanish guitar. The next 8 tracks are all in the less than 1 min to less than 2 min. range, snippets of music really, and while there are some great ones (such as the breezy "Riding", the reflective "Morning, and the playful "Back at the House"), it just makes you want to have more of it. The best tune on this collection is the suite towards the very end "August Osage County (Complete), a 5 min. montage if you will. This track also appears on the movie's 'regular' soundtrack, where it is titled "End Credits".

Let me be clear that the music in this collection is top-notch. Yet I'm afraid that the fact that this has the running time of an EP, but is being sold at the price of a full length CD, may keep some people from buying this.
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This could have been written about my family. Don't we all have family secrets that are right there in the room with us and no one will look it in the eye or talk about it....
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Gustavo Santaolalla can be seen as a one-trick pony very easily by people who are quick to see things simply from the surface. Let us remember that Santaolalla is a musician first and a composer second, and in many ways is still a musician. His ability to write scores shone through as he quickly rose to the attention of the film world through Babel and Brokeback Mountain. His scores almost all feature the charango as it’s his specialty instrument, and he definitely stays within a certain range sonically. I don’t think Santaolalla can compose just anything, but if the story is right and falls in his “zone” the he becomes a perfect fit. The Last Of Us was simply a stunning score, and I mean stunning. I would never peg him to be perfect for that, but he was more than perfect. August: Osage County is another story that his style is simply perfect for.

For this film the music is quite simple as his scores usually are, but it operates with a certain restrained tone that gives it substantial weight. The score is extremely short, as it hits a running time of only 25-minutes. But what we have here isn’t simply fluff or transitional music. He establishes a theme and carries it through. The story of a divided family reuniting over a crisis is nothing new. We’ve seen it in films like Garden State, but here this is a “script” movie. It was based on a play, and therefore the script and performances are the backbone of this film instead of a film that is presented more through cinematography and editing. There is also an accompanying soundtrack song album to August: Osage County, and you can definitely tell that Santaolalla’s score is working around some other musical elements. However, all this doesn’t diminish the score.
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