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5. An American Tail
Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for October, 2007:





10/30/07U.S. Marshals: (Jerry Goldsmith) - Expanded Review
Buy it... only if you are not bothered by a lack of distinctive personality in some of Jerry Goldsmith's most predictable and pedestrian action scores.
Avoid it... if you tend to be bored by Goldsmith's action music of the 90's when he simply goes through the motions without providing a unique style to each individual score.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


10/28/07Twilight: (Elmer Bernstein) - Expanded Review
Buy it... only if you are an avid Elmer Bernstein collector and can absorb the atmosphere of his somber and morbid film noir-style atmosphere.
Avoid it... if you expect any sense of lively engagement from the score, including Bernstein's tepid reprise of his trademark themes from previous eras.
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10/26/07Star Kid: (Nicholas Pike) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you can appreciate generic, but pleasant orchestral fantasy music for B-rate children's films.
Avoid it... if you tend to overanalyze scores that exist in that purgatory between low budget trash and mainstream Hollywood form.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


10/23/07Soldier: (Joel McNeely) - Expanded Review
Buy it... only if you're prepared to hear a merging of Jerry Goldsmith's action and Elliot Goldenthal's instrumental arrangements for the purposes of wildly frenetic and creative action romps.
Avoid it... if mere instrumental creativity alone cannot sustain your interest in a score that has no cohesive goal or thematic identity.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


10/20/07Snow White: Tale of Terror: (John Ottman) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you appreciate John Ottman's often extreme instrumental creativity in his horror and fantasy music, regardless of how emotionally draining the music can be.
Avoid it... if the Gothic beauty that lures you to this genre in Ottman's career requires lengthy statements of straight, harmonic elegance to justify your attention.
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10/16/07Six Days, Seven Nights: (Randy Edelman) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you enjoyed the calypso and reggae flavor to the score in the film, including the performance by Taj Mahal shown on stage.
Avoid it... if you value coherence and adherence to stylistic boundaries in your scores, or if you've never been fond of Randy Edelman's somewhat plastic action material in the past.
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10/13/07The Replacement Killers: (Harry Gregson-Williams) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if there is no limit to the amount of sampled rhythms and sampled sound effects that you enjoy from the early days of the Media Ventures library.
Avoid it... if you expect the memorably sorrowful theme for the primary character in the film to occupy any more than two minutes on album.
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10/11/07Pleasantville: (Randy Newman) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you appreciate Randy Newman's more serious, dramatic efforts of the 1990's, even if they're spiked with a few trademark jazz and comedy cues.
Avoid it... if the extent of your interest in Newman's work rests firmly in the realm of his comedy scores and song performances.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


10/6/07Amazing Stories: (John Williams/Various) - Expanded, Updated Review
Buy it... on the 1999 Varèse Sarabande re-recording if you only have a passing, casual interest in this series and its wildly varying musical styles.
Avoid it... on the second Intrada anthology set if you seek the highlights of the series in original form, most of which appear on the first and (mostly) third anthologies.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


10/3/07Paulie: (John Debney) - Expanded Review
Buy it... only if you can find John Debney's pleasantly overachieving score inexpensively in a used-CD bin.
Avoid it... if predictable light drama from the composer, similar in its anonymous tones to many of his other like-minded scores, doesn't justify a scant 24 minutes on album.
Rating:***   Read the entire review







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