Posted by: Randy Baer <Send E-Mail> Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 1:10 p.m. IP Address: adsl-99-146-29-18.dsl.lsan03.sbcglobal.net
Now Playing: "Down in New Orleans"
"for whom Newman is a composer better tolerated than enjoyed"...."if the rhythms and instrumentation of the Bayou have never appealed to you".....
I find the tone of this review patronizing at best. Newman is a terrifically talented composer and songwriter whose many Oscar nominations have been, until relatively recently, unrewarded with wins. His often sardonic song canon may appeal to fans who appreciate his adopting the POV of characters of controversial philosophy and opinion. However, his film songs have been immediately accessible, witness the afterlife of many as t.v. commercial themes. (By the way, if you want to hear a great collection of early Newman when he was a young Tin Pan Alley hired gun, check out the "On Vine Street" c.d.). As for his orchestral cues, he has a habit of referencing influences from Scott Joplin to Copland to Dixieland jazz, while adding his own individual stamp. His early scores for "Ragtime" and "The Natural" are good examples. Finally, any review suggesting that the songs in the score are unlikely to garner award nominations, while neglecting to reference Dr. John's joyous performance of "Down in New Orleans", loses a lot of credibility in my book.