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Michael Clayton
(2007)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Blake Neely

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Chris P. Bacon
Julia Newmann

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Produced by:
Stuart Michael Thomas
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 25th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... with extremely low expectations, for there is no redeeming aspect of this album for either fans of the film or the composer.

Avoid it... if you expect any minimal level of creativity out of James Newton Howard for this otherwise intelligent film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #786
WRITTEN 11/1/07
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Michael Clayton: (James Newton Howard) As a convoluted corporate and legal thriller, Michael Clayton takes a long time to ignite the flame, leaving audiences waiting until the end for its flashbacks to reveal the totality of the story. Its examination of morality comes via the direction of Tony Gilroy, who makes the transition to the director's chair after several successful screenplays to his credit. Critically acclaimed in every corner of press, Michael Clayton is an intelligent study of corporate ethics, or the lack thereof, and the attorneys who serve as "cleaners" to make ugly situations for those companies disappear. George Clooney leads an outstanding set of performances that have gained the film a following with arthouse regulars seeking the few truly interesting intellectual puzzles to come out of Hollywood today. Composer James Newton Howard isn't a stranger to this genre of film; not only have his choices in assignment varied greatly, but his style has matched those shifts with great unpredictability. While many composers' works, regardless of genre or ensemble, can be identified within a few passages, Howard's career has included so many dramatic variances in ensemble and style that you sometimes have difficulty lumping some of his work in with his better known efforts. Michael Clayton is exactly this type of score. Howard is no stranger to the concept of understatement, and Michael Clayton fits squarely in the same realm as Freedomland or The Interpreter in recent years. For the great majesty that Howard can instill in nearly any film, whether overt or in subtle nuances, scores like these often dwell in the shadows and provide only an ambient accompaniment to the film. Even within this grouping of Howard's works, Michael Clayton is among the least interesting, barely registering with any satisfying rhythmic or thematic devices. It is as dull as a score can be, which may service a film like this well. On album, there is no point.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:35
• 1. Main Titles (2:11)
• 2. Chinatown (2:27)
• 3. Drive to the Field (1:34)
• 4. Just Another Day (2:20)
• 5. Meeting Karen (2:46)
• 6. Looking for Arthur (1:41)
• 7. U North (1:49)
• 8. Arthur & Henry (2:11)
• 9. Times Square (3:38)
• 10. Mr. Verne (2:28)
• 11. I'm Not the Guy You Kill (6:57)
• 12. Horses (2:13)
• 13. 25 Dollars Worth (6:26)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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