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Jarhead
(2005)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(December 6th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're ready for an effective musical interpretation of the film's polarized and frustrated emotions, alternating between kick-ass rhythms and lengthy world-instrument atmospherics.

Avoid it... if unfocused dissolution in the form of an awkward rhythmic merging of American and world sounds is not your idea of a pleasant listening experience.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #908
WRITTEN 12/10/05
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Jarhead: (Thomas Newman) It's been several years since the initial Hollywood films about the first Gulf War began putting the Los Angeles twist on America's endeavor in that time and place, though 2005's Jarhead comes from perhaps the most notable of circumstances thus far. Directed by American Beauty's Sam Mendes, Jarhead is based on the best-selling 2003 memoir of the same name by Anthony Swofford, who served a frustrating tour in the first Gulf War. While some groups may be inclined to lump this film in with the second Gulf War (and indeed, some of the problems and emotions that existed in 1991 still prevail in some pockets of the military in Iraq the second time around), the movie makes clear the difference between the short invasion that was 1991 and the prolonged occupation that is 2003 and beyond. The focus of Jarhead is an intensely personal one, and tells of the narrator's experiences as a 20-year-old sniper who spends his young adulthood preparing for war and is then obsolete by the time he actually arrives on the battlefield. He once has an Iraqi officer in his gunsight, but isn't allowed to take the shot (much to this spotter's consternation) because that shot might alert the enemy to an impending airstrike. Thus, they sit in the 112-degree heat and do mostly nothing for their tour of duty, realizing their somewhat pointless existence protecting Saudi oil for politicians back home. The film's adaptation of Swofford's book is loyal for the most part, but with some liberal Hollywood effects to make absolutely sure which way to swing the audience. Mendes once again turns to composer Thomas Newman to write the score. As an artist who can very easily twist the boundaries of multiple genres of music, Newman is very well suited for Jarhead; his ability to collect ethnic sounds into a bizarre multi-cultural package would obviously come in handy here. He combines a small string ensemble with a collection of unique world instruments that is so wide in variety that it may surpass the ensemble of any other score in Newman's career thus far.



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Average: 2.77 Stars
***** 69 5 Stars
**** 89 4 Stars
*** 69 3 Stars
** 85 2 Stars
* 119 1 Stars
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really love it... *NM*
rev bemm - January 31, 2006, at 10:58 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 61:21
• 1. Welcome to the Suck (1:25)
• 2. Raining Oil (2:18)
• 3. Battery Run (1:14)
• 4. Mirage Bedouin (1:33)
• 5. Don't Worry Be Happy - performed by Bobby McFerrin (4:50)
• 6. No Standard Solution (1:03)
• 7. 8 Men 5 Camels (1:32)
• 8. Full Chemical Gear (2:01)
• 9. Unsick Most Ricky-Tick (1:27)
• 10. Morning Glory (1:32)
• 11. Bang a Gong (Get It On) - performed by T-Rex (4:26)
• 12. Desert Storm (1:54)
• 13. Desert Sunrise (1:44)
• 14. Zoomies (2:17)
• 15. Horse (1:30)
• 16. Pink Mist (2:15)
• 17. Jarhead for Life (1:28)
• 18. O.P.P. - performed by Naughty by Nature (4:30)
• 19. Dickskinner (3:35)
• 20. Permission to Fire (4:54)
• 21. Dead Anyway (2:05)
• 22. Scuds (3:00)
• 23. Listen Up (1:42)
• 24. Fight the Power - performed by Public Enemy (3:48)
• 25. Soldier's Things - performed by Tom Waits (3:18)

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The insert includes extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film.
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