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Baby Boy
(2001)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 21st, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have a little extra money to spend on a uniquely subdued and relaxing rhythm & blues entry in David Arnold's career.

Avoid it... if you, like many mainstream listeners, prefer the ensembles of your Arnold scores to make the walls shake with overwhelming symphonic power.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #944
WRITTEN 7/2/03, REVISED 1/26/09
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Baby Boy: (David Arnold) Through the decade of the 1990's, director John Singleton was known best, of course, for 1991's Boyz N the Hood, and his 2001 companion film Baby Boy is a similarly structured urban drama involving the disadvantages and trials of African American black men in urban settings. The film is once again a challenging look at the central themes that Singleton often raises in his projects, and while critics praised his ability to maintain a realistic perspective within the genre, many black audiences were less than pleased about the stereotypical portrayals of gang-tempted blacks in predictable and disappointing situations. Many viewers agreed, however, that Singleton's film presented far more questions than answers. An interesting answer to one question was David Arnold, whose hiring to write the music for the project was considered a curious move by the fans of the composer only familiar with his small body of soundtrack work. The British composer was widely recognized as the composer of several very large-scale orchestral film scores of the 1990's in America, and the last genre that came to mind when most fans thought of Arnold was rhythm & blues. And yet, Arnold's fans should never have been surprised that he could pull it off, because his ability to adapt his talents to several different genres, whether pop, electronica, jazz, or orchestral, is well established. He was already better known in the United Kingdom for his pop arrangements and the production of albums across a variety of genres. For Baby Boy, Arnold would venture successfully into the troubled territory of black urban drama, and Singleton's risky choice would be rewarding for both the composer and the film. It is important to remember that Arnold, at his very core of talents, has a keen sense of style, and it is that style that allowed him to step into this new genre like a veteran with all the right tools in the shed. While some of the flashier elements of the James Bond scores have helped to illuminate the edges of these talents, fans of Stargate and Independence Day should be aware that Baby Boy couldn't be more strikingly different from those works.



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Average: 2.85 Stars
***** 21 5 Stars
**** 31 4 Stars
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jemma - September 18, 2007, at 5:33 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 41:04
• 1. Waiting... (1:07)
• 2. Meet Melvin (1:58)
• 3. Jody's Nightmare (1:17)
• 4. Talking Commerce (1:03)
• 5. Juanita (0:53)
• 6. Home Truths (2:23)
• 7. Guns and Butter (1:19)
• 8. I Hate You (2:16)
• 9. Sweetpea's Yard (2:36)
• 10. I Wanna Be Saved (3:24)
• 11. Nasty Girl (2:55)
• 12. Jody and Yvette (3:10)
• 13. Let Us Pray (2:21)
• 14. Jumped (3:49)
• 15. Rodney Takes the Car (1:06)
• 16. Drive By (2:10)
• 17. Finish It (2:35)
• 18. Melvin Takes the Gun (2:38)
• 19. Family (1:16)

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The insert contains a list of the string musicians, but no extra information about the score or film.
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