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Best Soundtrack : American Beauty

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      30.05.2002 19:37
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      Started and ended by Thomas Newman’s simple but moody instrumental tracks, the soundtrack follows the score of the movie, moving throughout a musical spectrum with aplomb. On the whole, the cd is a mix of old and new rock music ( in the traditional, rather than Korn/Green Day/Modern teen-angst music sence) that will please most people, and certainly fans of the film. When watching the film I could have sworn Pink Flyod would be on this album, but nevermind – my roomate has their albums. In addition Annie Lennox’s ‘Don’t let it bring you down’was not included, which was a let-down. But minor gripes aside, the soundtrack brings back the film to memory and encompasses its whole theme and atmosphere. As with any soundtrack cd, you have to seperate the wheat from the chafe (Peggy Lee and the Eels track here arent my particular favourites) but there are some very good songs – notably Elliot Smith’s rendition of the Beatles’ ‘Because’, and Gomez’s ‘We havent turned around’. Like the film, this soundtrack doesn’t pretend to be hip, or beautiful like society would have it, but the music is unpretentious and of a good standard. A worthwhile addition for any fan of the film and others besides.

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