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Devil's Advocate
(1997)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Decter
Robert Elhai
Jeff Atmajian

Electronic Score Produced by:
Jim Hill

Solo Boy Soprano by:
Keegan DeLancie
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
TVT Soundtrax
(October 28th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are a sucker for unrestrained religious horror music, with all the expected crescendos of choral beauty and tumultuous orchestral rhythms.

Avoid it... if a series of over-the-top and in-your-face statements of religious power is just as offensive to you as the blasphemous Al Pacino dialogue included from the film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #296
WRITTEN 11/14/97, REVISED 6/17/07
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Devil's Advocate: (James Newton Howard) While Al Pacino had portrayed his fair share of sick individuals throughout the years, 1997's Devil's Advocate gave the actor the opportunity to enthusiastically play none other than the fiery Satan. Taylor Hackford's film, based originally on Andrew Niederman's novel, takes a very straight forward approach to Satan's activities on earth, placing him atop a New York law firm and removing any ambiguity about his horrific intentions. A gruesome suicide scene, among some extreme sexuality and extraordinarily offensive dialogue (from a religious point of view), places the film in the competent religious horror category. Although dominated by Pacino's over-the-top performance, the film manages to take itself seriously enough to avoid the ranks of parody. One of the elements of the film that pulls no punches is James Newton Howard's score, which stands as one of the more powerful, religiously thrilling scores of the digital era. Howard's score is so transparent that it is forced to rely on its overwhelming power to avoid becoming a parody of religious horror scores itself, and it overcomes its own inconsistencies to qualify as a guilty pleasure on album. There are so many influences on this score, from Howard's own career and others notable in the genre, that the score is more entertaining in its collection of recognizable sounds than for its own unique structures. Given that Howard obviously intended the score to have an immediate, explosive impact on each and every individual scene in the film, his music for Devil's Advocate is a series of remarkable crescendos and fast hitting rhythmic devices. As such, the score has little identity outside of the simple fact that it continues to slap you in the face with orchestral, choral, and electronic ruckus at some point in each major cue. The result is a surprisingly entertaining score that features all the devious attitude of the topic while supplying the proportionate awe.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 49:56
• 1. "Vanity" - dialogue from film (0:15)
• 2. Main Title (1:03)
• 3. New York (0:51)
• 4. Milton (0:59)
• 5. Rendevous - written and performed by Michael Lang (3:40)
• 6. Lovemaking (3:34)
• 7. Christabella (1:10)
• 8. Apartment Building (0:49)
• 9. Barzoon (2:39)
• 10. Montage (1:02)
• 11. Geddes/Weaver (4:06)
• 12. Baby (1:57)
• 13. Finish the Story (2:02)
• 14. Time (2:00)
• 15. Cullen Gets Off (2:50)
• 16. Suicide (2:10)
• 17. Can't Have Children (0:58)
• 18. Baka (1:22)
• 19. 57th Street (2:05)
• 20. "Air on the G String" - composed by Virgin Fox (4:31)
• 21. Church (2:36)
• 22. I Rest My Case (2:22)
• 23. Fire (1:29)
• 24. Ring (1:01)
• 25. "Surprise" - dialogue from film (0:29)
• 26. "Finale" - dialogue from film (1:46)
Total score time: 39:13

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a lengthy note from the director (and some absolutely frightful pictures of Pacino).
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