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Message in a Bottle
(1999)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Co-Produced, and Performed by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Randles

Conducted by:
Harry Rabinowitz

Co-Produced by:
John Bell

Vocals Performed by:
Jenny O'Grady and The Metro Voices
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Atlantic Records
(April 20th, 1999)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. The song compilation (with a fraction of Yared's material) was released a few months prior.
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Buy it... if you are looking for one score with which to first represent Gabriel Yared in your film music collection, for this work extends both the style of his restrained classicism and a warmer set of accessible themes.

Avoid it... if you expect outward melodrama in the employment of orchestra and choir for the mysteries of fate and the ocean, for Yared maintains a more contemplative atmosphere throughout the score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #287
WRITTEN 4/11/99, REVISED 5/18/08
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Message in a Bottle: (Gabriel Yared) While the cast and crew of Message in a Bottle may be almost completely different from that of The English Patient a few years prior, the audiences for the romantic tragedies are largely the same. The best-selling novel was faithfully adapted and decently shot by Luis Mandoki and acted by Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn, and Paul Newman. Penn plays a journalist who finds a love letter in a bottle on a New England beach and, through some public methods of collecting other letters from the same source, eventually tracks them down to a lovesick Costner, who is recovering from the death of his wife while repairing boats on the Carolina coast. While both leads are adequate, the film relies heavily on its supporting performances, including that of Newman. The film's nebulous conveyance of the genre's most potent, tear-jerking tendencies causes Message in a Bottle to be a contemporary version of The English Patient, and these parallels extend to Gabriel Yared's two scores for the films. Although the score for The English Patient won an Academy Award a few years prior, there was practically no warmth to it at all, diminishing its technical assets and leaving a sour taste in the mouths of many film score collectors. Predictably, Message in a Bottle is constructed with many of the same basic instrumental elements and a nearly identical aversion of outward melodrama. The interesting difference between the two is the far more engaging nature of the latter score, however, with better-developed themes and performances that don't refrigerate the room with their chilly distance. The outward harmony in the themes is really the primary reason for the success of Message in a Bottle over the previous work, and the blend of classical restraint and contemporary reflection brings Yared's work for City of Angels into the mix as well. Listeners familiar and comfortable with Yared's style of chamber formality will hear enough material to make Message in a Bottle a comfortable listening experience, and, conversely, those looking for a more lively and diverse sound from the composer will also be pleased. It really is a very strong blend of multiple Yared techniques.

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Average: 4 Stars
***** 1,628 5 Stars
**** 1,134 4 Stars
*** 621 3 Stars
** 272 2 Stars
* 153 1 Stars
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Message in a Bottle Formula
Bruno Costa - March 16, 2011, at 6:46 a.m.
1 comment  (514 views)
Agreed. This deserves 5 stars. *NM*
thw - May 9, 2009, at 9:54 p.m.
1 comment  (976 views)
C'mon there's no doubt it is a 5-star **NM *NM*
Sherlock - March 7, 2008, at 7:12 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 48:26
• 1. To All the Ships at Sea (4:07)
• 2. New Dreams (3:05)
• 3. Separate Lives (1:35)
• 4. Theresa (3:03)
• 5. Launch (1:41)
• 6. Images of the Past (1:52)
• 7. Blue Atlantic Mystery (2:02)
• 8. Finding the Bottle (3:18)
• 9. Tell Me About Catherine (2:45)
• 10. Some Lives Form a Perfect Circle (2:39)
• 11. Where the Boundaries Are (2:58)
• 12. Sail With Me Tonight (3:17)
• 13. The One Person in the World (2:20)
• 14. Storm (4:31)
• 15. Calm After Storm (2:17)
• 16. The Outer Banks (2:35)
• 17. Last Letter (4:14)

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