Artist: Thomas Newman

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Album:American Beauty: Music from the Motion Picture

American Beauty: Music from the Motion Picture

Thomas Newman, Various Artists

What’s the soundtrack for suburbia gone awry? Perhaps it’s American Beauty—the music for the dark Sam Mendes-directed flick starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening. With its mix of classic and indie rock, the disc seems to reflect something for everyone (or at least those found in middle America). Bobby Darin’s “Don’t Rain on My Parade” is the epitome of unhip, Free’s “All Right Now” is a classic rock anthem we’ve heard way too many times, and Peggy Lee’s “Bali Ha’i” is vintage exotica at its best. But then there are some surprises: Elliott Smith’s…

Album:Skyfall: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Skyfall: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Thomas Newman

The Skyfall motion picture soundtrack features original score music by Thomas Newman. Newman is one of the most respected and recognized composers for modern film. He has scored over fifty feature films in a career which spans nearly three decades.

Album:WALL•E: Soundtrack

WALL•E: An Original Soundtrack

Thomas Newman

What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off?

WALL•E fans will be swept away with this soundtrack that recaptures the fantastic adventures of the Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class. Featuring an original score by Thomas Newman, the soundtrack also includes a brand new track from Peter Gabriel, “Down to Earth.”

Album:The Good German: Original Soundtrack

The Good German: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Thomas Newman

An homage to the Golden Age of film noir thrillers, The Good German is a glistening reflection on a bygone era of film. The absolutely brilliant score by Thomas Newman is likewise cut from the cloth of such Golden Age masters as Max Steiner, Miklós Rózsa and his own father, the legendary Alfred Newman. The Good German is one of the best scores of the year and a strong Oscar contender.

Album:Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Thomas Newman

The characters of Daniel Handler’s popular children’s book series spring to life in this playfully macabre screen adaptation from director Brad Silberling. Contemporary scoring master Thomas Newman may launch the musical proceedings with the brief, Disney-esque flourish of “The Bad Beginning,” but the sound of a needle being brusquely dragged across that record brings us to the composer’s true intent: a teasing romp through occasionally dark, rhythmically charged musical corners. Employing his patent take on post-modern impressionism to a greater degree than he…

Album:Finding Nemo: Music from the Motion Picture

Finding Nemo: Music from the Motion Picture

Thomas Newman

Will it become another rich Newman family tradition? Picking up the baton his cousin Randy carried so skillfully on Disney/Pixar’s four previous pioneering computer animation features, composer Thomas Newman was undaunted, bringing his own highly original scoring sensibility to the studio’s latest digital daydream—an effort that’s also the younger Newman’s own debut score for an animated feature. Tom’s consistently unique approach to matters of rhythm and percussion are as forceful and inventive as ever in this undersea adventure, while his passages for orchestra…

Album:Road to Perdition: Music from the Motion Picture

Road to Perdition: Music from the Motion Picture

Thomas Newman

Director Sam Mendes’s much-anticipated follow-up to his Academy Award®-winning American Beauty found him exploring the period gangster film—but with a moral fiber and undercurrent of family tragedy familiar from his Oscar® triumph. As he did with Beauty, Mendes again wisely entrusts the film’s music to Tom Newman, a composer with an instinctive knack for getting inside a film’s characters via innovative and often orthodox methods. As many of Newman’s preceding scores have been rhythmically driven and rife with…

Album:Erin Brockovich: Motion Picture Soundtrack

Erin Brockovich: Motion Picture Soundtrack

Thomas Newman

In scoring Steven Soderbergh’s litigation-themed hit (wherein Julia Roberts’ tough-as-nails/sexy-mom character claws her way to an entry-level legal assistant job, then brings a multi-billion dollar industrial polluter to its knees), Thomas Newman again stakes his claim as Hollywood’s most consistently inventive young composer. Or make that reinventive—Newman breaths fresh life into the traditional, theme-based scoring concept (perhaps not surprisingly; his father Alfred Newman was one of Hollywood’s Golden Age masters), imbuing the film’s characters with…

Album:The Green Mile: Music from the Motion Picture

The Green Mile: Music from the Motion Picture

Thomas Newman

The greatest soundtrack composers have historically performed a musical tightrope act, being called upon to be stylistically inventive yet invitingly familiar, emotionally compelling without being cloying. In modern times, few have risen to the challenge like Thomas Newman. His score for Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s miraculous death row fable is an organic masterpiece, whether Newman is wringing dramatic fury from his orchestra’s rhythm and percussion or, as is more often the case here, delicately shading the proceedings with a palette of sounds…

Album:How To Make An American Quilt: Music from the Motion Picture

How To Make An American Quilt: Music from the Motion Picture

Thomas Newman

Album:In the Bedroom: Original Soundtrack

In the Bedroom: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Thomas Newman

This intense first feature by actor-turned-director Todd Field daringly ventures into an emotionally unsettling minefield of family and romantic relationships gone dangerously wrong. Field, hailed for his masterful touch with the difficult material, shrewdly chose Thomas Newman to score the film. Known almost as much for what’s not in his frequently modernistic scores—i.e. traditional dramatic themes and overwrought orchestral sentimentality—Newman once again follows his experimental muse to great effect here. The work is considerably less percussive than similar…

Album:Jarhead: Original Soundtrack

Jarhead: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Thomas Newman

For his third collaboration with director Sam Mendes (after American Beauty and The Shawshank Redemption), composer Thomas Newman has come up with one of his finest scores. The music mixes modern atmospheric quasi-rock touches with Middle Eastern influences (with particularly great success on the tracks “Welcome to the Suck” and “Zoomies.”). The latter manifest themselves in both the beats and the instrumentation—the credits include soloists on exotic instruments such as the bowed cumbus (a type of banjo-like lute) and the processed xaphoons (a sax…

Album:Oscar and Lucinda: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Oscar and Lucinda: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Thomas Newman

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