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L. A. Confidential: Original Motion Picture Score
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Though it won more critical praise than any film in 1997, L.A. Confidential, director Curtis Hanson's smart adaptation of James Ellroy's gritty crime novel, was ultimately iced at the Oscars by Titanic, that overwrought cr... more »
Though it won more critical praise than any film in 1997, L.A. Confidential, director Curtis Hanson's smart adaptation of James Ellroy's gritty crime novel, was ultimately iced at the Oscars by Titanic, that overwrought cross between Love Story and The Poseidon Adventure. Scored by Jerry Goldsmith in a style reminiscent of his great work on Chinatown, L.A. Confidential includes just two cuts by the composer on its soundtrack. The film's--and soundtrack's--canny use of period jazz and pop standards is hard to fault, though; Johnny Mercer's lively "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive" is particularly sublime, and also featured are songs by Dean Martin, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Betty Hutton, Kay Starr, and others. --Jerry McCulley
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"After writing some mediocre scores for mediocre films such as Chain Reaction & Executive Decision, Goldsmith has recently got back to his absolute best with brilliant scores for films such as Air Force One, The Ghost & the Darkness, & The Edge. His work here, however, is arguably the pick of the crop. Goldsmith could hardly fail to be inspired by Curtis Hanson's masterful adaption of James Ellroy's novel, & he provides a dramatic, powerhouse score. This score is typically Goldsmithian, with harsh, attacking string rhythms, and some stormingly vicious percussive writing - most notably where the two are combined in the opening track 'Bloody Christmas'. He also makes extremely good use of percussive piano rhythms, particularly at the low end of the scale, which is very typical of this composer. The melodic base of the score is a quite wonderful theme, usually entrusted to the solo trumpet - which links the score not only to the masterful Chinatown, but also to some songs featuring the playing of Chet Baker & others. Indeed, the film features possibly the most assured use of music (including those songs) that I have ever seen - easily matching the brilliance of Scorsese. This pure score CD is a wonderful listen, unfailingly thrilling & dramatic. That Titanic won the oscar over this gem is undoubtedly a tragedy, but not surprising, given it's huge commercial success. Most of all, however, this CD makes you want to watch the film again. Which could never be bad."
Spidey | P.R. | 03/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The music is perfect, the only problem is really that the songs are too short. When you listen to it your left wanting to hear more, thats how good it is the music."
A good score, but missing a lot of the score.
Alex North | KY | 07/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"L.A. Confidential is one of Jerry Goldsmith's best scores and he might have won the Oscar that year if James Horner hadn't for "Titanic." This CD contains only part of the film score and leaves out a lot of the good stuff. Varese Sarabande needs to release an extended version."