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Dolores Claiborne
(1995)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Richard Stone

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone

Co-Produced by:
Curt Sobel
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 28th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if feelings of disillusionment in your film scores never yield boredom for you, for this music is effectively troubling in its morbidly deliberate themes and unappealing instrumental demeanor.

Avoid it... if you will need more than just a drab sibling to Danny Elfman's engaging melodrama for Sommersby to justify a 30-minute album that offers little relief from its solemn contemplation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,698
WRITTEN 3/15/10
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Dolores Claiborne: (Danny Elfman) Based upon Stephen King's best-selling novel of 1992, Dolores Claiborne is a straight forward domestic abuse drama that features practically none of the author's usual supernatural elements. The 1995 adaptation stars Kathy Bates as a maid to a wealthy New England family who is beaten physically and emotionally by her drinking, molesting husband. In flashback format, she is revealed to have been encouraged by the woman of the upscale home to kill her husband via a convenient accident, which she managed to accomplish. When she is blamed for the later death of that employer, she is forced to elude prosecution from Christopher Plummer's detective and come to terms with her estranged daughter. Although satisfyingly bittersweet in its conclusion, Dolores Claiborne is by no means an easy viewing experience, the convincing performances by Bates, Plummer, and David Straithairn (as the husband) serving as the main attraction. The coastal Maine scenery, as well as the interior design of the film, is made to de-emphasize vitality, intentionally sapping much of the beauty inherent to the area in an attempt to accentuate the disgust and distrust between the principle players. Also contributing to bleak atmosphere of Dolores Claiborne is Danny Elfman's somewhat uncharacteristically drab score. The composer went through a period in the middle to late 1990's during which he seemed enamored with character dramas of a morbidly downbeat nature, highlighted by his early and classic score for Sommersby. In terms of its orchestral techniques and depressing mood, Dolores Claiborne is the lesser sibling to that 1993 work, absent any of the specialty instruments for location or a harmonious, melodramatic set of thematic structures. Elfman's music in the film is largely restrained, with the exception of two exceedingly violent interactions between the maid and her husband. All of the creativity in wacky rhythmic and instrumental usage by Elfman is completely drained from Dolores Claiborne, leaving it an exceedingly somber accompaniment that produces its own set of challenges on album. It is a score well respected by Elfman collectors for its integrity of spirit, consistency in disillusionment, interesting spanning of extreme tones at the outer edges of the treble and bass, and intelligent employment of strings and piano, but it, much like Extreme Measures the next year, nevertheless remains one of the composer's more difficult and potentially unappealing album presentations.



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Total Time: 30:11
• 1. Main Titles (2:46)
• 2. Vera's World (3:42)
• 3. Flashback (1:54)
• 4. Getting Even (1:48)
• 5. Ferry Ride (0:55)
• 6. Sad Room (0:53)
• 7. Eclipse (7:16)
• 8. Finale (5:35)
• 9. End Credits (5:16)

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