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Laws of Attraction
(2004)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Edward Shearmur

Co-Produced by:
Steve McLaughlin

Performed by:
The London Metropolitan Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
La-La Land Records
(May 11th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you regularly relax to mellow, easy-going, and contemporary urban rhythms for a romance with the heart and melody of an older generation.

Avoid it... if you expect music with a personality as overtly snazzy as that of Johnny English or other more ambitious, larger ensemble scores by Edward Shearmur.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #875
WRITTEN 5/14/04, REVISED 10/14/11
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Laws of Attraction: (Edward Shearmur) Fateful romance between characters played by Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore is the main attraction of the 2004 comedy Laws of Attraction. They portray divorce attorneys who are arguing on opposite sides in court on one particularly nasty case. The two are thrown together on a trip necessitated by that case, get married after a night of drunken madness, and then have to complete the court case against each and attempt to make a real relationship out of the matter. The film, despite the highly anticipated charm and chemistry between its co-stars, managed to irritate or bore nearly every critic (and many audiences as well) upon its release, and it failed to recoup its budget even in worldwide grosses. One of the most difficult tasks for a composer of any generation to undertake is to write a romantic comedy score in the style of the 1940's to suit the age of the film's stars without allowing the music to sound dated. This was exactly the task for composer Edward Shearmur, for whom Laws of Attraction was a continuation of a collaboration with director Peter Howitt that had resulted in the impressive Johnny English the previous year. The project represented yet another score in the very diverse early career of Shearmur, though after 2004 his mainstream output unfortunately declined and similar assignments began landing with Aaron Zigman and other composers of his generation. Whatever problems Laws of Attraction suffered overall, the versatility of Shearmur was well utilized in this instance; he seemed to try make magic in all of his scores for the genre during this period, even if it was for a topic as vacuous as that of Miss Congeniality. Howitt was unsure of the musical needs of the film at first, though it was understood that a retro genre sound from Hollywood's yesteryear, while likely a viable method of scoring the film, would turn off too many younger audiences. Thus, Shearmur approached the score with the intent of infusing traditional orchestral romance with a more hip, modern sound. Keeping the pace of the rhythms afloat during the length of the film seems to have been the primary concern once Shearmur established the generally affable tone of the music, and he mostly succeeds in keeping the atmosphere airy and light on the feet. Throw in a touch of authentic Irish flavor for scenes at the location where a castle is being disputed in the court case, and the score offers some points of distinction to keep you interested.



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Average: 2.81 Stars
***** 48 5 Stars
**** 58 4 Stars
*** 100 3 Stars
** 78 2 Stars
* 71 1 Stars
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Made the movie that much more fun
Beckie - June 5, 2004, at 11:01 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 41:16
• 1. Maybe - performed by Dana Glover (4:04)
• 2. When Sick, Is It Tea You Want - erformed by Temple House (2:29)
• 3. Main Title (3:34)
• 4. Meet Mr. Rafferty (1:39)
• 5. Chinatown (2:21)
• 6. Ambush (0:48)
• 7. A Kiss in the Rain (1:38)
• 8. Daniel in the Limelight (2:04)
• 9. Thorne and Serena (0:46)
• 10. A Trip to Ireland (0:59)
• 11. Idyll (1:57)
• 12. Caravan Romance (1:25)
• 13. The Castle (1:32)
• 14. An Irish Tale (2:34)
• 15. Man About the House (1:10)
• 16. Audrey's Ring (1:31)
• 17. Daniel Asleep (2:32)
• 18. Daniel in the Doorway (2:17)
• 19. Love at Last (3:32)
• 20. Coda (2:14)

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