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Angels in America Soundtrack
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Top Customer Reviews
Newman has such a talent for lending a "fabric" to a movie. Many naysayers accuse Newman of re-using the same music over and over again, but I think this is true of all composers. His movies have an emotion that no other composer can claim, and I think directors choose him for just that purpose - to give the movie an emotional fabric. He can take you on a journey with his music - physically, spiritually and emotionally. A movie takes on a definite tone when he composes the score. Imagine "Finding Nemo" with a score by Pixar-favorite Randy Newman. It just would not have the emotional resonance, and I did read that the writers of the movie wanted to have just that resonance.
This soundtrack is a mixed-bag of Thomas Newman's best melodies and themes. In addition to the Main Title, this score has many great highlights, including "Ellis Island," "The Mormons," "Bethesda Fountain," "Tropopause," and my personal favorite "Mauve Antarctica." The score has a little of everything Newman fans enjoy. It has an Americana-feel like "The Horse Whisperer" and some eclectic sounds similar to "American Beauty." You'll also find the darkness found in "Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile." Prepare yourself for another journey when you listen.
Another triumph on a long list of triumphs. Now if only Oscar would find a place on his mantle.
Every single actor did a wonderful job (it's a shame that Justin isn't nominated for a Golden Globe, he was amazing, all were amazing). Tony Kushner's adaptation of his own play is brilliant (I especially liked the fact that the movie doesn't condemn Joe as much as the play did, it's still sad, but it's also a new beginning for Joe). Mike Nichols directing was brave (no fear of nudity) and fantastic, as was the production design. And the soundtrack. The best Thomas Newman score of ALL TIME!!!!
And the last gospel track always makes me cry like a baby (of joy and sadness)!!!!
I'm in love with a movie!
Everybody loves something.
I'm almost done.
The fountain's not flowing now. They turn it off in the winter, ice in the pipes.
This disease will be the end for many of us, but not nearly all, the dead will be commemorated, and will struggle on with the living, and we're not going away. We won't die secret deaths anymore. The world only spins forward. We will be citizens. The time has come.
So, bye now.
You are all fabulous creatures: each and every one.
And I bless you: More Life.
The Great Work Begins.
These lines changed my world...
The theme is sonically simply, but wonderfully engaging. In the film, it's first played over the opening "Crossing America" shot, and it gradually comes to a close over a blissfully evocative image. Some of the tracks ("The Mormons", "Bethesda Fountain", and "Lesionnaire") are played prominently in the film, and are easily associated with images. As usual with film scores, it helps to have seen the film. But it's not a necessity.
I'm so moved when I hear "More Life" or "The Great Work Begins". In the movie, this is an cry, a missive, and a hope. In the score, it's a radiant voice asking us, no, DEMANDING US to live life.
This score is the product of a fabulous imagination. The movie is a product of several minor miracles colliding. One of the greatest scores of the past twenty years. What more could you want?
If you're familar with many of Newman's scores, much of the overtones in "Angels in America" are resonant to those heard in "The Green Mile" and "American Beauty."
Although the entire soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful,three standout tracks are the main title to "Angels in America," "Bayeux Tapestry," and "Bethesda Fountain."
One again Thomas Newman has outdone himself! I'm looking forward to his next endeavor.
Most recent customer reviews
Let us start by saying that Angels in America, whether is the book or the HBO adaptation has no comparison, therefore the soundtrack should stand at the same level. Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by vedderoh1
After seeing the HBO mini-series a few months ago, I immediately bought the soundtrack. I've been a Newman fan for several years, and am familiar with many of his works, and this... Read morePublished on April 19 2004
The music of the entire album is beautiful and haunting, dramatic and inspiring. I love it.
Can anyone tell me where I can obtain the lyrics for track 31, "I'm his... Read more
I've been a fan of Thomas Newman's film scores for a while now, but I believe he's outdone himself with "Angels in America. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by Henry Baker
I love Newman's work and this piece is unbelievably beautiful. I have yet to see the miniseries, but by track 29, "The Great Work Begins," I was in tears. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004
A powerful drama scored with rich orchestral beauty.
Best 4 tracks: ANGELS IN AMERICA (MAIN TITLE) , BETHESDA FOUNTAIN, TROPOPAUSE, THE GREAT WORK BEGINS (END TITLE)
Anybody who watches a movie scored by Thomas Newman will probably be moved. He typically picks more serious works, though he demonstrated his incredible talent earlier this year... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003
Out of all the holiday releases of soundtracks so far, I think this has been one of the most fufilling, along with the Missing. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003