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Sex and the City 2
(2010)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Aaron Zigman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jerry Hey
Brad Warnaar
Patrick Kirst
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WaterTower Music
(June 29th, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release, primarily distributed via download but also available through Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" service.
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Buy it... if you've ever wondered if a parody of Middle Eastern film music stereotypes could be so blatantly offensive that it transcends to racist levels, because Aaron Zigman creates a bizarre musical dichotomy in this score that you may never hear again.

Avoid it... if you can't fathom replacing the tender, heartfelt piano tones of the prior movie's score with the broad strokes of Maurice Jarre's Lawrence of Arabia over rocking, contemporary pop loops.
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WRITTEN 8/18/11
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Sex and the City 2: (Aaron Zigman) After an impressive fiscal haul for the first Sex and the City film in 2008, the ensemble cast and crew reunited for another cinematic extension of the famous HBO television show in 2010. While the plot of its predecessor played like a straight continuation of the narrative that had concluded during the series' run in 2004, Sex and the City 2 furthers that arc while also serving as a more self-contained story. This time, Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda take their relational problems and fashion hysteria to Abu Dhabi for a working vacation that goes awry when the women run afoul with local customs and Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie runs into fan-favorite John Corbett as Aidan Shaw. Culture clashes produce most of the comedy, though the government of the United Arab Emirates didn't find the production pleasing enough to allow it to proceed there as planned (Roger Ebert claimed that he was "gob-smacked by the delightful cleavage on display"), so the filmmakers shifting photography to Morocco. The reception to the movie was identical to that towards the first, including disdain from reviewers and a whopping, loving embrace from concept fans who rewarded the New York girls with over $300 million in grosses (with an ever-increasing portion coming from outside of America, a somewhat strange long-term twist to the franchise's appeal). Back for the sequel is composer Aaron Zigman, whose career is full of light drama and romantic comedy assignments similar to this franchise. His music for Sex and the City is touching, concentrating on a piano theme for Bradshaw and her husband, Mr. Big. Aside from some Latin flair and a few bursts of contemporary light rock, the original movie's score is a conservative bore. Even stranger is the sparing inclusion of Douglas J. Cuomo's famous title theme for the show, incorporated in full only once in the underscore. As usual, pop songs play a major role in this franchise, though the same is true to only a lesser extent with Sex and the City 2. Because of the exotic location and the wider spectrum of emotional needs in the sequel, Zigman was forced to write a much broader parody score while maintaining as necessary his original elements from the prior work. On the whole, this tactic yields a far more diverse and entertaining score, assuming you can look past the obvious melodic inspirations and Middle Eastern instrumentation that is so thick in its saturation that it borders on being humorously racist. Both of Zigman's Sex and the City scores utilized surprisingly large orchestras, though in Sex and the City 2, you finally hear some true, full-blooded adventure for the locale.



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Zigman scored this perfectly...
Beyond El Mar - November 1, 2011, at 8:04 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 45:32
• 1. Divas and Dunes (2:51)
• 2. Welcome to Abu Dhabi (5:10)
• 3. I'm Downstairs (1:41)
• 4. Meeting Erin (1:39)
• 5. Arrive at Souk (1:44)
• 6. Carrie Wonders/Airport Arrival (1:13)
• 7. Samantha Talks to Smith/Carrie's Arrival (1:05)
• 8. Call the Girls/It Happened One Night (1:21)
• 9. Meeting Erin/Miranda/Arrival at Connecticut (1:17)
• 10. Airport (1:58)
• 11. Confiscate Drugs (1:13)
• 12. Carrie Sees Aidan (0:57)
• 13. Breakfast/Jeep Guy (1:37)
• 14. Breakfast Pt. 2 (0:54)
• 15. Dress For Date (2:04)
• 16. I Have Condoms (2:23)
• 17. Hookah Lounge (3:08)
• 18. Phone Call (2:15)
• 19. Samantha Released (1:01)
• 20. Packing (2:05)
• 21. Watch (0:51)
• 22. Fashion (1:23)
• 23. Sneaking Burkas (0:52)
• 24. Home Without Big (1:25)
• 25. Big is Back (3:27)

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The insert includes a list of performers and a short note from Zigman. As in many of Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" products, the packaging smells incredibly foul when new.
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