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Comments about the soundtrack for WALL-E (Thomas Newman)

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Re: It's a film score, not an album
• Posted by: Abigailian   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, July 5, 2008, at 4:54 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: It's a film score, not an album (berlioz)

> Yet it is sold as a standalone album. When you buy a score CD, you don't
> get the film along with it. Therefore, even as the music may work
> extremely well in the film, it doesn't mean that it'll make a particularly
> good album, which is the form of the product you'll be buying. So of
> course it needs to be reviewed as a standalone composition. DUH!

Yes and no.

I don't imagine I'm the only one who does this, but I'll listen to a soundtrack as a different way to experience a movie, after I've seen it. The music is the most direct way to reexperience the emotions. In which case, I could care less about it's qualty as a standalone album.

As far as I can tell, a lot of the time it doesn't even seem like he's SEEN the movies that the soundtracks belong to. To me, it would seem fair that he listens to the sondtrack, makes his notes, sees the movie and then looks at it from BOTH perspectives.

He also does seem to pass judgements on composers if forces beyond the composer's control release a crappy album. However, I do think that most film scores SHOULD be released, for the reasons stated in the first paragraph.

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