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Lady In The Water Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (July 25 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000GDH8O2
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Prologue
2. The Party
3. Charades
4. Ripples In The Pool
5. The Blue World
6. Giving The Kii
7. Walkie Talkie
8. Cereal Boxes
9. Officer Jimbo
10. The Healing
11. The Great Eatlon
12. End Titles
13. The Times They Are A-Changin' - A Whisper In The Noise
14. Every Grain Of Sand - Amanda Ghost
15. It Ain't Me Babe - Silvertide
16. Maggie's Farm - Silvertide

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For his fifth collaboration--and following the Oscar-nominated score for The Village--with director M. Night Shyamalan, James Newton Howard has delivered rather good work. Considering the supernatural tone of the movie, some of the composer's touches are predictable (a glockenspiel offering eerie punctuations, a huge choir suggestively going "oooh" and "aaah"), but he also demonstrates a sure sense of melody. Listen, for instance, to the various threads making up "Prologue." Despite the size of the orchestra at his disposal, Newton Howard always opts for subtle touches rather than wham-bam scary-movie effects. The most stereotypically actiony cue is "The Great Eatlon," but it's done as well as can be: it remains ominously restrained for quite a while, until the choir comes in to deliver an elegiac passage and the track switches to grandiose pomp. Tacked at the end of the CD are four Bob Dylan covers, including a gothic take on "The Times They Are A-Changin'" by A Whisper in the Noise, and Silvertide's rocking "It Ain't Me Babe" and "Maggie's Farm." --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa58d4b64) out of 5 stars 33 reviews
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa527ed50) out of 5 stars Howard's Lyrical "Lady in the Water" Aug. 1 2006
By G M. Stathis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa527eda4) out of 5 stars Simply brilliant! Oct. 17 2006
By Tyler T. Kutz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Lady in the Water is by far the best score James Newton Howard has written for one of M. Night Shyamalan's films. I'm a big James Newton Howard fan, but I hadn't come to expect work this extraordinary in a film by Shyamalan. The scores for The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable did not hold my attention, but the score for Lady in the Water had me from the Prologue. I was thoroughly impressed. The theme is straightforward and is heard many times, yet it is woven so many different ways you cannot be bored with it. The Healing and The Great Eatlon are the most powerful tracks, climaxing the themes into emotional and gripping music. The last four tracks are songs by Bob Dylan, and I can't say I really appreciate those being on the soundtrack, but the rest of the music is phenomenal. I highly recommend it and give it 10 out of 10 stars.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa52811f8) out of 5 stars Oh... Wow. Jan. 2 2007
By Media Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
James Newton Howard has now outdone himself AGAIN! King Kong was incredible, the Village was outsdanding, Signs was just amazingly good, and all the rest... well, you get the picture. This CD is every bit as good as what I've come to expect from Mr. Howard. It blends the suspense of Signs, the thematic excellence of the Village, and the fantasy elements of something completely original.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa52815b8) out of 5 stars Howard + Shyamalan= Bliss Aug. 3 2006
By gordonblu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First off, I have yet to buy my own copy of this CD (8/3/06), but I have listened to my sister's and I am more than anxious to acquire my own copy so I can listen to it whenever I want.

Whenever James Newton Howard writes scores for Shyamalan's films they always tend to be his best work. From Unbreakable's urban rhythms to the scratchy violins of Signs and the haunting melodies of the Village they are all distinct from one another yet instantly recognizable as being in Shyamalan's Twilight Zone.

Lady in the Water is no different. It shares some resemblance to The Village minus Hillary Hahn's solos, but it is much more than Howard in wistful mode. "The Great Eatlon" is Probably Howard's first HUGE cue for Shyamalan yet, and it works beautifully!

I whole-heartedly recommend this score and the movie as well! Go support Shyamalan and Howard! Right now! Turn off your computer, head for a CD shop, buy the soundtrack, then rush to the cinema and see Lady in the Water, the most original film of the year!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa528169c) out of 5 stars A Wonderful Achievement! Aug. 18 2006
By Dr. Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
James Newton Howard's Score to "Lady in the Water" is one of the greatest scores of the year, if not the decade. Filled with uplifting melodies, inspiring harmonies and racing thrills, Howard's score captures the heart and mind! Accompanying M. Night Shyamalan's bedtime story fantasy, the music makes the ridiculous feel real and powerful.

While all of the tracks are suburb, some stand out tracks are:

1) The Prologue

2) The Party

3) Charades

10) The Healing

11) The Great Eatlon

12) End Titles

Ohh, and the Bob Dylan cover tracks are enjoyable too. I'm not really sure why they're there, but I don't mind. All in all, every track is enjoyable and well crafted on every level. James Newton Howard really accomplished something great here, as he usually does for Shyamalan films. Let's hope this time The Academy recognizes it.