I don't know what it is about Alan Silvestri, but his scores have the ability to stir up emotions in me that no other artist can do. Some of my favorite soundtracks of all time are works that he has done - the "Back to the Future" trilogy, "Cast Away" and the "Father of the Bride" movies. "Forrest Gump," for all intents and purposes, is some of his best work ever.
None of the songs are very long (the entire CD is not much longer than a half-hour), but that doesn't mean they aren't beautiful. A lot of tracks on the CD are these meek little songs that act like they are afraid to bloom. Others are full of life, overflowing with vibrancy. Both represent the character of Forrest, as well as the events and people in his life, extremely well.
About the only gripe I have with the CD (and it is a minor gripe) is that you pretty much have to turn the volume all the way up on your CD player or stereo to hear the music. Whoever recorded these CDs did so very poorly, and anyone who has this CD is well aware of this problem. Other than that, however, there are no detractions from the overall quality of Mr. Silvestri's music.
The score for "Forrest Gump" is a classic, as the main theme is practically known the world over. If you are one of the few people who has never listened to this CD, I guarantee you that you will not regret picking up a copy.
This is Alan Silvestri at his best, folks; he doesn't get much better that this.