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This special movie is easily the best of Summer 2002 and this score is as well. This may be a Score of the Year before all is said and done as well.
Lush, lyrical, atmospheric, brooding...a touch of Herrmann/Hitchcockian moments.
The highest compliment that can be paid to a score I give to this: It's a character in that film. I can't imagine seeing that movie without this perfect music.
I can't wait for JNH's next score!
Now, the first thing a lot of people will remember when they think about the film "Signs" is the amazing use of silence M. Night Shyamalan was so specific with. Because, after all, nothing is more scary than no noises whatsoever. The film wouldn't have been nearly as atmospheric if an eighties techno horror film score would've been pulsating at every moment. James Newton Howard must've known this when he began composing his score for "Signs," which doesn't run for very long (about a half hour of music total for the entire film).Read more ›
This CD will give you a slight uneasyness, like Funeral March for a Marionette (Alfred Hitchcock Presents). Buy this CD. Buy this CD.
For the rest of the album, Howard toys with and develops the fast three note ascending arpeggio that signifies the aliens. It is by turns harsh and terrifying, as in the Main Titles, questioning, awe-inspiring, triumphant, and in the end hopeful. The development of this theme is the true genius of the album. Rather than having the hero's theme ride roughshod over the villain's at the climax of the movie, as it does in so many, many soundtracks (just take a look at any of John Williams'), this movie ends with the incorporation of the villainous theme. In one form or another, this motive is almost always present, permeating the album.
This is not an album for soaring and uplifting themes; there are practically no melodies that will remain in your memory after you finish your first listen. Instead, the album gives off a mood and an emotion. One of my favorite moments is in the track The Hand of Fate - Part I when the alien's theme is at its most fully-formed since the opening credits, only to be transformed into struggle, then unmitigated triumph as our heros finally put together all the pieces of the puzzle.Read more ›
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Probably the last good movie M. Night Shyamalan made before his slow descent to the Last Airbender. Nice score by Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Phantom Critic
An awesome soundtrack. Great range of sound and powerful emotion and theme. The score features tension, drama and sweeping emotion. A beautiful composition.Published on July 11, 2014 by Mark Francis
This is a hard soundtrack to find: to find it at an affordable price was a great surprise. This is an excellent soundtrack not available anywhere else.Published on September 9, 2013 by John7966
As some may remember "Signs" the movie was (arguably) before M Night Shyamalan's decline, a thriller ostensibly about a ground eye view of an alien invasion but which actually... Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by JB
Great soundtrack to listen to while you are working on the computer. James Newton Howard has a number of score that I recommend along with this one; Blood Diamond, The Village, and... Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Gary
this movie is still good i had it on vhs but dogs destroyed it so i got the dvd one very good movie stillPublished on February 5, 2013 by Sean