Over a number of years it has become virtually certain that when James Newton Howard writes a new film score that it will include at least one theme, motif, coda, or lyrical moment that will just blow you away. His music for M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water" is no exception. While most of this score is lyrical with nods to suspense and menace, there is a central thematic motif for the so-called Blue World and the character named Story, the "lady in the water." This motif appears early in the album, but comes to a grand expression in "The Healing" and "The Great Eatlon." Whether performed by orchestra with or without chorus, or solo piano (one of Howard's trademarks) it is enticing and at times resounding. Sadly, as with his last two associations with Shyamalan, Howard's music is probably better than the film, but that does not detract from this recording which is a solid production from Decca with adequate packaging. There is a significant problem with the album and musical choices for the film in general. The decision to reproduce four Bob Dylan songs by new musical artists is a bit dubious at best. They do not work very well. At the very least they tend to be distractions on an otherwise fine soundtrack.