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The Others
(2001)
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Composed by:
Alejandro Amenabar

Conducted by:
Claudio Ianni

Produced by:
Lucio Godoy
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(August 7th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you took particular notice of Alejandro Amenabar's lightly atmospheric music in the context of the film and have no expectations of greatness for that material on album.

Avoid it... if you do, conversely, expect the chilly music from The Others to be as engaging on album as it was in the mix of the film's soundtrack.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #613
WRITTEN 8/8/01, REVISED 2/9/09
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The Others: (Alejandro Amenabar) Only once in a while does a mainstream film feature a single writer, director, and composer all in one, and this was the case with Alejandro Amenabar's 2001 English speaking and scoring debut for the late summer horror hit, The Others. With a story that is similar in many ways to that of The Sixth Sense, this production succeeded not because of its numerous plot twists and surprise revelations, but because of the extremely effective atmosphere created by adept cinematography and sound editing. The plot may move too slowly for viewers hoping for a more actively frightening ghost and haunted mansion story, but The Others compensates by saturating the senses with the enveloping fog of its mystery. Another key element in that engaging environment is the music, which includes both Amenabar's own traditional score and the use of source-like, distant, echoing piano performances to lend an eerie sense that the family at the heart of the film indeed has some existential problems. Questions are always raised about whether or not one man should ever attempt to write, direct, and score the same film, because such efforts have often led to disastrous outcomes in the history of the industry (though John Ottman and Robert Rodriguez remain two of the few composing filmmakers with enough talent to make it work). With its popular success and a spattering of mixed critical reviews, The Others did well at a slow time of the year, but the score on its own did not enjoy as much praise. Amenabar's composing techniques were not what you had come to expect from mainstream composers. Instead of conceiving of the music for this score in a studio, Amenabar did so very informally in his own apartment, sometimes to the torment of his roommates. Because of his possible over-extension, he did not conduct or produce the work in its later stages. Nevertheless, one of the reasons audiences heralded The Others was in part because of the effective atmospheric tone of that music. There is no doubt that the score adds an undeniably powerful density to the environment for the downright creepy film. But whereas some viewers point to the score's refreshing lack of cliched sounds, others had no reaction to its quiet style of enhancing the story, even claiming boredom in some cases. The latter distinction is a common fate for horror scores that attempt too hard to be refreshing, because middle ground is difficult to find in this genre. You either hear something that simmers, like James Newton Howard's The Sixth Sense, or an explosively extroverted extension of the film, like Christopher Young's Hellraiser scores.



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Strange review
Jeremy - April 10, 2004, at 6:47 a.m.
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Listen to: Faure: "Pelleas et Melisande - Prelude"
CS^TBL - April 2, 2004, at 12:56 p.m.
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The Others reviewed at Score Central
Racerprose - September 3, 2001, at 11:02 a.m.
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Strange but somehow...
Mac Styran - August 13, 2001, at 5:20 p.m.
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Bill Davis - August 13, 2001, at 10:23 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:08
• 1. The Others (2:24)
• 2. Wakey Wakey (1:44)
• 3. Old Times (3:25)
• 4. They are Everywhere (2:35)
• 5. Reunion (1:06)
• 6. Changes (1:37)
• 7. I Do Believe It (3:15)
• 8. Charles (1:46)
• 9. Communion Dress (1:21)
• 10. No Curtains (2:48)
• 11. Give me the Keys! (1:32)
• 12. The Attic (1:47)
• 13. Sheets and Chains (5:49)
• 14. A Good Mother (5:42)
• 15. End Credits (4:10)

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The insert includes a short note from Amenabar, but no additional information about the score or film.
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