Gothic And Elegant As Well As Chilling.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have always admired James Newton Howard's music. But here he has created a gothic masterpiece! He combines such great sounds and comes out with a score worth listening to over and over again. I also loved the fact that the soundtrack comes along with dialogue. But this is perfect music that flows with the film's dark images, Howard does what Mark Snow does in "The X-Files," bring out feeling and mood through the score. This is a fabulous masterpiece and gothic extravaganza!"
Frightening Enough, But Too Choppy
Daniel A. Fincke | Bronx, NY United States | 11/04/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Any one who loves this movie as much as I do is sure to find pieces like "Lovemaking," "Barzoon," "57th Street" and "Geddes/Weaver" to be truly powerful listening experiences. I was uncertain whether the chillingly diabolical feel of the sequences in this movie would be communicated on this CD with only the music to carry them, and I'm pleased to say that they are. The PROBLEM though with this disc is that although the music is beautiful and fits perfectly with the film and communicates a lot in the film, too many of the pieces are too short to be very interesting out of that context. Except for the four incredible pieces I've praised above (and maybe one other I'm overlooking), the tracks are too short and discontinuous to provide a sustained listening experience. If you are a fan of the movie like me or want some eerie background music or just a few powerful and frightening-as-possible listening experiences, this will work, but not if you're looking for an integrated, stand-alone 45 minute listening experience."
A review of the Devil's Advocate soundtrack.
James Houser | NY, NY | 06/20/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Devil's Advocate is a virtuous album. It was brought out in 1997, the same year the movie was. It features all of the dark compositions on it. In fact, this album is quite long for being based on a motion picture. It has approxmitaely 26 tracks on it, 3 of them being character dialouge.My 3 favorite pieces off this record are 3,11, and 26. New York is a well-done, but rather short tune. The song is great however. It perfectly matched the scene in the film. Geddes/Weaver is another powerful track, one of the most famous in the entire movie. The horn parts are quite exceptional. The last number entitled Finale, which is dialouge, contains an excerpt from Pacino's/Milton's lecture around the end of the movie. It's good stuff, even though I don't believe in that philosphy.This is a good record. If you like the film, then you are sure to love this cd. The songs can get minorly repetitive and a few of them are too short. All around, a good buy. Thank you for taking the time and generosity to read my review."