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Do You Hear What I Hear?
on May 15, 2003
The enormous success of The Sixth Sense helped put composer James Newton Howard on the map. Of course he had been scoring films for quite a long time before the movie's release. But because everthing associated with it seemed to click with audiences, the score got Howard noticed.
The haunting theme, with its emphasis on piano and flute, is almost hypnotic. Like the film itself, the score is filled with mystery and tension that matches the film's supernatural qualities. Howard also knows how to break the "sameness" of the score by adding a few surprise jolts along the way as "Suicide Ghosts" demonstrates He also does a good job with "Malcolm's Story/Cole's Secret"- that one cue alone has everthing the score has to offer. The music fits the film perfectly and represents Howard's talent very well...
My only real complaint with the soundtrack, is its running time. With 11 tracks and 30:19 playing time, the CD is far too short. I wish there were more. Still, what is there is very well chosen, and a must if you liked the film