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Duplicity
(2009)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 24th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're an enthusiast of David Holmes' distinct style of snazzy jazz for film scores, because James Newton Howard's sound for Duplicity is remarkably similar in its constructs and instrumentation.

Avoid it... if you've never been able to appreciate Holmes' best known soundtracks due to their inability to function as anything greater than their inherently contemporary atmosphere.
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WRITTEN 3/29/09
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Duplicity: (James Newton Howard) Following up on his convoluted but awarded Michael Clayton, director Tony Gilroy fashions yet another film involving corporate interests in non-linear story-telling fashion. In Duplicity, however, the genre switches to romantic comedy disguised as suspenseful intrigue, raising the formula of the spy versus spy scenario from decades past and translating it from the context of warring governments into one of competing corporations. The chemistry between leads Julia Roberts and Clive Owen is key to ensuring that these two conniving tricksters at the top of their games and on seemingly opposite sides are actually in love with each other. Gilroy handles the script with enough skill to maintain audience interest through perpetual motion and surprising twists in plot, crucial elements if any film like Duplicity is to succeed. The collaboration between Gilroy and composer James Newton Howard for Michael Clayton led to an unlikely and undeserving Academy Award nomination for Howard. That score was a frightfully dull, atmospheric experience that was carried by the gravity of its picture, translating into one of the composer's weakest album presentations of the 2000's. The equation is obviously quite different for Duplicity, with the fluffier feel of the hybrid thriller and espionage tale requiring a far heightened sense of style. The resulting foray into the world of snazzy, multi-cultural jazz and the atmosphere of heist music from yesteryear is a departure from Howard's usual sound in the decade. Gravitating towards dramatic projects of serious weight or intrigue and fantasy, Howard's career has been missing the flashy tones of contemporary jazz and light rock in earnest for quite some time. The resulting exposition of upbeat, propulsive music is extremely stylish in its ingredients pulled from several similar genres, though its tone is so overwhelmingly saturated with the spirit of the on-screen sparring that at times the work borders the realm of the obnoxious. As such, parts of the caper score skirt parody territory, which isn't a major detractor in this genre of film, but it doesn't help the already fragmented listening experience when heard out of context. Either this music will put a smile on your face or it'll give you a tremendous headache, and for Howard collectors in particular, this is a tricky prospect.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 50:40
• 1. War (4:06)
• 2. Following Claire (2:00)
• 3. Security Meeting (2:49)
• 4. Split to Rome (2:30)
• 5. Tully's Letter (1:52)
• 6. The Ghost (2:48)
• 7. Rome Hotel (1:38)
• 8. Back to the Unit (1:44)
• 9. Split to London (0:47)
• 10. The Frame Up (2:27)
• 11. Split to Miami (0:49)
• 12. Miami Hotel (1:02)
• 13. Share My Fire (1:27)
• 14. Bench Mark (0:36)
• 15. Safe House (2:19)
• 16. Split to Cleveland (:48)
• 17. The Formula (5:50)
• 18. San Diego Airport (1:24)
• 19. A Cream or a Lotion? (1:40)
• 20. Airport Love (1:55)
• 21. The Real Setup (3:12)
• 22. Played (1:48)
• 23. Duplicita a Due (2:05)
• 24. Being Bad - performed by Shana Halligan and Kiran Shahani (3:00)

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