No Description Available — Track: 10: Rouge City,Track: 11: The Search For The Blue Fairy,Track: 12: The Reunion,Track: 13: For Always,Track: 1: The Mecha World,Track: 2: Abandoned In The Woods,Track: 3: Replicas,Track: 4: ... more »Hide And Seek,Track: 5: For Always,Track: 6: Cybertronics,Track: 7: The Moon Rising,Track: 8: Stored Memories And Monica's Theme,Track: 9: Where Dreams Are Born
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Track: 10: Rouge City,Track: 11: The Search For The Blue Fairy,Track: 12: The Reunion,Track: 13: For Always,Track: 1: The Mecha World,Track: 2: Abandoned In The Woods,Track: 3: Replicas,Track: 4: Hide And Seek,Track: 5: For Always,Track: 6: Cybertronics,Track: 7: The Moon Rising,Track: 8: Stored Memories And Monica's Theme,Track: 9: Where Dreams Are Born
Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 07/03/2001
"I've seen A.I. four times now, and am still astounded by its haunting brilliance. I was also blown away by John Williams' gorgeous, minimalist-influenced score. However, the CD is confusingly ordered as well as including tracks not in the film, and others that were misleadingly named.
Here is the correct order for a chronological A.I. album.
6, 4, 2, 7, 10, 1, 3, 11, 8, 12, 9
Track 10, is a bit confusing. The first portion of the track is actually the film version of "Abandoned in the Woods." If you want, you can chop it off and put it in its correct place. Track 2 is actually a concert arrangement of "Abandoned in The Woods." It can be put at the end of the album.
Tracks 5 and 13 are vocal versions of Monica's theme. They are never played in the film.
Also, a couple of track names don't reflect the scenes in the film where that music appears, so I came up with these replacements-
1) Where The Lions Weep/I'm David
3) Replicas/The Plunge -- "Replicas" only describes the first half.
6) Pending -- "Cybertronics" is a misleading title, this music is actually from the scene at the CRYOGENICS facility where Martin is frozen.
8) Ice Planet/Back Home/The Blue Fairy -- I found the original title vague, and it didn't describe the final two thirds of the music.
Hope this helps other music-lovers out there who were confused by the organization of the album, and didn't want to be blindly skipping around tracks.
If you want all the original A.I. music commercially available, get "What About Us?" written by Ministry for the Flesh Fair scene. It's on the album "Greatest Fits" and goes between tracks 7 & 10."
A. I. - Absolutely Incredible
Bruce Aguilar | Hollywood, CA | 06/01/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"An incredible effort by Mr. Williams. Haunting, touching, enegmatic, exhilirating and heartfelt.I really enjoyed the score while watching the film, but now that I've heard it on it's own, it's full power has been revealed to me. I especially like the Abandoned In The Woods and Stored Memories cues. Also impressive is the original song 'For Always' which appers twice on the soundtrack (first sung by Lara Fabian and then later on as a duet with Lara Fabian and Josh Gorban), but nowhere in the film. I was a bit nervous about hearing this song, but it captures a feeling of the movie terrificaly and I find myself listening to it more than the score itself at times.It seems that most of the score has been included, but I thnk there is a bit that didn't make it onto the disc which is a shame. Also the tracks aren't in chronological order."
A Score Where Dreams Are Born
James Luckard | 12/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a great fan of the music of John Williams, I was eager to get my hands on this CD. The movie was an incredible effort by Steven Spielberg, and I was very nervous about the John Williams score. After all the man has composed music to over 75 films. But after buying this CD, I quickly realized that it not only matched Spielberg's film, but actually rose above it. There are echoes of E.T., Schindler's List, and Star Wars, but it manages to step out of the shadow of Williams' previous scores to stand on its own. Almost every track on this score is excellent. "The Mecha World" is a powerful opening, with brassy fanfares and scherzo-esque rhythms--a truly wonderful piece. "Abandoned in the Woods" is a fast-paced, but tragic and foreboding piece that echoes the sad scene in which it takes place. "Replicas" is a quiet, dissonant track that is far different than much of the composer's work. "Hide and Seek" is another wonderful little tune--playful, with a fairy tale quality. "The Moon Rising" is a rousing action piece that is both fast and incredibly exciting, while "The Search for the Blue Fairy" is another hauntingly beautiful, magical piece. "The Reunion" is a sweeping conclusion to the tale, pulling together the major themes into one bittersweet track. The end title track, "Where Dreams Are Born" is one of John Williams' greatest recent acheivements that uses the film's main heart-breaking, haunting melody to its fullest. This is music that almost makes you want to cry.The theme used in "The Reunion" and "Where Dreams Are Born" is also utilized in the beautiful love ballad "For Always", two versions of which are included here.Overall, this score is wonderful--haunting, tragic, subdued, and very beautiful. It's amazing that John Williams can keep coming up with these fantastic themes and creating a "visual" musical world. Definitely buy this soundtrack, it will become one of your favorites--especially if you're a John Williams/Steven Spielberg fan or if you just love film music. This is music that stretches beyond the framework of music, and becomes a stepping stone to the world of dreams itself."
Michael Hatzenbuehler | Baghdad, Iraq | 04/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"John Williams continues in the fine tradition of his previous work. This sondtrack is finely balanced, with delicate medleys, haunting themes, and some lullaby pieces that are almost enough to make one weep. Contrary to many of his previous works (Star Wars, Superman, et al,) Mr. Williams avoided writing loud, brassy fanfares that would have deeply conflicted with the dark, pensive nature of this film.
Several tracks stand out in this masterpiece. The twin versions of "For Always," one featuring Lara Fabian and the other featuring Josh Groban in a duet with Ms. Fabian are wonderfully pure. In solo form, Lara's voice is wonderfully smooth and has a subtle almost untrained quality that lends a genuineness to her singing. In the duet, Mr. Groban's silky smooth baritone perfectly offsets Lara's clear soprano. The penultimate song, titled "The Reunion" is a stunning, gorgeous lullaby of a piece that features a plaintive, almost childish piano theme. The simplicity is subtlely complex as the theme winds through an entire emotional range, from triumphant happiness to simple joy to black despair, and finally back into an almost heartbreaking lullaby.
Mr. Williams has displayed a wide variety of musical styles in this soundtrack. For fans of his that are desiring a "Star Wars" fanfare and overpowering orchestral pieces, this soundtrack is not for you. I personally prefer this collection to most of his other works."
Media Lover | 02/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful score. It features Josh Groban, Lara Fabian, and of course the master... John Williams.
I would definately say this is one of his best. It reminds me of some of the other Spielberg collaboration scores. Mainly, Empire of the Sun, and War of the Worlds. Lots of the score is wonderful emotional underscoring. It's very complex, and full of interesting scales and keys. Of course, there is plenty of gorgeous thematic material to make the score complete. Honestly, I have never heard a bad John Williams score. Come to think of it, I've never heard one that was less than brilliant and amazing. Really, give this a listen.