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Angela's Ashes: Music From The Motion Picture
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Given that John Williams has his pick of much of the $80-million, thrill-packed boilerplate that comes clanging out of Hollywood every summer and fall, it's especially noteworthy (and often gratifying) when he doesn't exer... more »
Given that John Williams has his pick of much of the $80-million, thrill-packed boilerplate that comes clanging out of Hollywood every summer and fall, it's especially noteworthy (and often gratifying) when he doesn't exercise his option. In scoring Alan Parker's adaptation of Frank McCourt's Pulitzer-winning memoirs of his dire Irish upbringing in the 1930s and '40s, Williams has produced a graceful, autumnal work of compelling, though decidedly delicate, emotional power. Using spare piano and solo woodwind melodies filled with longing eloquence, Williams effectively punctuates a sweeping, largely string and wind ensemble. As he did to great effect in The Phantom Menace, the veteran leans heavily on his classical moonlighting duties for inspiration. Interspersed throughout (and also effectively underscored by his music) are concise, telling excerpts of the film's narration read by Alan Bennett. --Jerry McCulley
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Voice-Over Ruins the CD...
Daniel V. Reilly | Upstate New York, United States | 02/01/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When I saw Angela's Ashes in the Theater a few years ago, I was so taken with John Williams' beautiful score that I rushed right out and bought the Soundtrack CD. I was VERY disappointed to find that about 80% of the Score is drowned out by the over-dubbing of dialogue from the film. If I wanted to hear film dialogue, I would get the DVD and play that. It's too bad that Mr. Williams' lovely music is forced to play second fiddle to an actor playing Frank McCourt, and the CD packaging says NOTHING about every track having a monologue over the music. (There is an import version of the CD that omits the annoying voice-over, but that didn't do me any good......I had already bought this version.)"
Wonderful soundtrack befitting the book!
Nelson Aspen | Los Angeles & NYC, USA | 09/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The movie was good, but surprisingly it is the motion picture soundtrack which actually better serves the wonderful novel from which it was spawned. Moody, emotional and a pleasure to hear."
bry55 | Burbank, CA United States | 09/27/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"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. At least there's one track without the story being told, and that's the only track I ever listen to."