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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
(2012)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
J.A.C. Redford

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(May 1st, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release. International versions feature the same contents but different cover art.
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Buy it... if you appreciate Thomas Newman's ability to address dramatic situations with unconventional instrumentation, his application of regional tones in this score a tremendous match for the context.

Avoid it... if outwardly enthusiastic Bollywood sounds and scores that rely upon emotionally diverse vignettes rather than tight thematic and narrative cohesion drive you as mad as crawling through heavy traffic in a tuk-tuk on a scorching day.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,406
WRITTEN 6/4/12
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: (Thomas Newman) There's nothing revolutionary about director John Madden's 2012 adaptation of Deborah Moggach's novel, "These Foolish Things." A conventional ensemble cast drama, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the type of film you respect and view for its fantastic collection of veteran British actors, each allowed to flourish while playing retirees escaping Britain to India for what they expect to be a luxurious experience living in an upscale hotel offered precisely for their types. When they arrive, the group of unrelated couples and single malcontents discovers that all is not as advertised, and they confront the challenges of their surroundings and their own inner demons before eventually coming to peace in the process of making the hotel into the best it can be. Concepts of race relations, class systems in Indian culture, and sexual orientation are explored, but The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is primarily a feel-good drama that won praise from critics and earned over $100 million worldwide thanks to the star power of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, and Tom Wilkinson, among others. The soundtracks for Madden's movies may be defined in the memories of most casual film music collectors as belonging primarily to his popular collaboration with Stephen Warbeck in the late 1990's and early 2000's, though the 2010's have established for the director a new relationship with Thomas Newman that began with The Debt. Madden returned to Newman for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and sought the kind of creative, ethnic mixture of familiar and exotic instrumental tones that Newman is easily capable of generating. The composer really is well suited for an assignment such as this one; while he often experiments with a wide range of unconventional world instruments for his standard dramatic scores and thus doesn't always quite connect with the audience because of the resulting kaleidoscope of bizarre tones, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the perfect assignment in which he could really let loose with his Bollywood inclinations. As a result, he produces a funny and sentimental score that exists somewhere in between Mychael Danna and A.R. Rahman territory, utilizing his standard low-key dramatic approach in general but whipping up a mixture of India-appropriate sounds that really suits his tendency to explore unusual tones. The resulting score may be too foreign-sounding for some film music listeners, but if you already have a taste for Bollywood film music, you will be pleasantly surprised by Newman's enthusiasm and ability to utilize regional instruments with authenticity.

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Average: 3.15 Stars
***** 24 5 Stars
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Dawson A - March 4, 2013, at 8:26 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:43
• 1. Long Old Life (3:32)
• 2. This is the Day (0:48)
• 3. The Chimes at Midnight (2:38)
• 4. Road to Jaipur (1:29)
• 5. Night Bus (1:15)
• 6. Tuk Tuks (1:41)
• 7. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2:35)
• 8. Assault on the Senses (2:58)
• 9. Anokhi (1:10)
• 10. Cricket Spell (3:44)
• 11. More Than Nothing (2:22)
• 12. Day 22 (1:41)
• 13. Mrs. Ainsley (1:44)
• 14. Do Your Worst (1:48)
• 15. Udaipur (4:10)
• 16. Turning Left (2:00)
• 17. Not Yet the End (0:50)
• 18. Progress (2:42)
• 19. Young Wasim (2:46)
• 20. What Happens Instead (0:57)
• 21. A Bit of Afters (3:52)

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