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Scent of a Woman
(1992)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri

Co-Produced by:
John Vigran
Bill Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(January 19th, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate Thomas Newman's creative instrumental and rhythmic devises of the early 2000's but your heart sways to his early 1990's symphonic sensibilities, a balance perfectly achieved in Scent of a Woman.

Avoid it... if you don't ever want to hear Newman step over the line into the realm of shameless symphonic romanticism of a mainstream variety, a sound that gets the best of this score in its final moments.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,578
WRITTEN 9/12/09
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Scent of a Woman: (Thomas Newman) A widely praised film from 1992, Scent of a Woman conveys a familiar storyline but is floated by one singular acting performance. It once again puts a young man into the position of learning from an older one, only for both to have an equal impact upon each other. The older man in this case is a blind military officer in contemporary times, played brilliantly and with highly memorable charisma by Al Pacino in a career highlight performance, and he has been assigned a reluctant assistant to accompany him on a holiday to New York. The dangers, triumphs, and lessons of life they experience in their small adventures are glazed over with perhaps too much Hollywood sugar at the end, but the picture still works. Music plays an important role in Scent of a Woman, both in terms of Thomas Newman's somewhat traditional, conservative score and the employment of source material in a high profile and much beloved tango scene involving Pacino. The primary reason this soundtrack receives so much attention is indeed this tango piece, though that should not diminish from the quality of Newman's contribution. The composer was in the midst of a period in his career that was about to culminate in substantial awards recognition for his large, orchestrally dynamic scores. For listeners intrigued by Newman's excursions in more unique instrumental and rhythmic territory but still preferring the heartfelt symphonic melodies of his early years, Scent of a Woman is a good crossover score. It features material that is about as close to mainstream orchestral romance as Newman has ever been, though it still explores the more playful side of his sensibilities by incorporating the spirit of some of his later works into upbeat scenes. It is therefore a score that will appeal to every segment of Newman's collectors, including those who appreciate the redemptive aspect of the composer's music for animation in the 2000's. It's a well-rounded work that is a pleasure to hear in its most extroverted sequences. Mainstream audiences may get hung up on the tango piece, "Por Una Cabeza," but it is Newman's score that deserves recognition for the emotional impact of the film, even if the two are complicit in the unnecessary bloating of the film's environment in the closing scenes. On the downside, Newman's score does offer several very low key, minimally rendered meanderings for scenes of quiet conversation or contemplation that do slow down the listening experience on the journey to that end



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Average: 3.25 Stars
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*** 65 3 Stars
** 43 2 Stars
* 28 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 37:16
• 1. Main Title (2:58)
• 2. A Tour of Pleasures (0:50)
• 3. Tract House Ginch (1:05)
• 4. 45 in 25 (3:23)
• 5. Balloons (0:54)
• 6. Cigars Part Two (2:30)
• 7. Por Una Cabeza* (2:14)
• 8. Long Gray Line (1:02)
• 9. The Oakroom (0:35)
• 10. Park Ave. (4:29)
• 11. Witnesses (1:20)
• 12. Beyond Danger (2:45)
• 13. La Violetera** (3:34)
• 14. Other Plans (2:09)
• 15. Assembly (2:03)
• 16. Fleurs de Rocaille (2:50)
• 17. End Title (2:36)
* written by Carlos Gardel, performed by The Tango Project
** written by Jose Padilla, performed by The Tango Project

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