Album: The Sixth Sense: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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The Sixth Sense: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Artist: James Newton Howard
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Label: Varese Sarabande

James Newton Howard was no stranger to psychological horror prior to this project. But The Sixth Sense has a little more bite to its creepiness than previous assignments such as The Devil’s Advocate, inspiring a touch more atonality from the composer. The tension of the film is enhanced by moments of aural surprise, such as the discomforting cue “Suicide Ghost” in which string instruments are struck by their bows leading into voiceless choir, but more so by the sustained notes that feel as if they’ll never end. Sadly, there’s no melodic “hook” to…

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James Newton Howard was no stranger to psychological horror prior to this project. But The Sixth Sense has a little more bite to its creepiness than previous assignments such as The Devil’s Advocate, inspiring a touch more atonality from the composer. The tension of the film is enhanced by moments of aural surprise, such as the discomforting cue “Suicide Ghost” in which string instruments are struck by their bows leading into voiceless choir, but more so by the sustained notes that feel as if they’ll never end. Sadly, there’s no melodic “hook” to help the music become immediately familiar, but it’s a noteworthy atmospheric score, nevertheless, as it drips icicles of terror down the necks of viewers. But away from the screen, this album can’t have the same effect. —Paul Tonks

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