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Signs
(2002)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter

Co-Produced by:
Thomas Drescher

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(July 30th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a strong companion piece to James Newton Howard's other scores for M. Night Shyamalan films despite the lack of memorable appeal built into its quietly propulsive constructs.

Avoid it... if you expect even the most engaging material in Signs to compete favorably with the superior atmospheres of The Village and Lady in the Water.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #384
WRITTEN 9/1/02, REVISED 2/17/09
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Signs: (James Newton Howard) Just when you thought that there couldn't be another fresh new avenue to take with the alien invasion scenario, director M. Night Shyamalan found another new one to explore. Aliens indeed are invading the planet, but rather than showing their exploits in grandiose proportions, Shyamalan conveys the story through the redemptive tale of an emotionally distraught middle-America farming family. While it's temping to say that Signs is an alien fantasy flick, especially with its fascination with crop circles and old school techniques of showing the aliens themselves, it's more intriguing in its ability to be credible as a redemptive horror one instead, using the terrifying event to help a family find peace. Some audiences wrote off the conclusion of the story as ridiculous, though Signs was the first major film from Shyamalan not to rely on an overtly surprising twist to stun audiences. In the lengthening list of films representing the collaboration between Shyamalan and composer James Newton Howard, Signs is not the strongest or weakest, but it is a somewhat predictable entry. Both of their prior two partnerships, The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, were provided with above average scores for stories that didn't rely heavily upon the music for their suspense. The opening moments of Signs might have made you think that that equation was completely scraped, though ultimately Howard's writing for the picture is more in tune with his other Shyamalan scores. While the mass majority of Howard's fans continued to delight in his magnificently large-scale adventure scores of the time (Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Dinosaur, etc), a devoted following of the Howard/Shyamalan pairing was about to expand its ranks considerably. These were the days before the high profile scores for The Village and Lady in the Water made tremendous waves, but in Signs, Howard solidified himself as an extension of Shyamalan's psyche, with the music for his films minimalistic in construct but very rich in texture. These earlier scores didn't garner awards recognition for Howard, nor have they sold beyond their expectations on the record store shelves. But the continuing quality of Howard's intense music for such an intense director was always worth a listen or two, even before the collaboration's greatest successes.

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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - June 7, 2007, at 8:21 a.m.
1 comment  (1627 views)
A score full of interesting and unusual orchestral solutions
Sheridan - August 30, 2006, at 7:54 a.m.
1 comment  (2041 views)
My Track Names
S - June 27, 2005, at 3:59 p.m.
1 comment  (2015 views)
Impressive Mr. Howard!
Jared Kraft - March 7, 2005, at 2:17 p.m.
1 comment  (2334 views)
The Hand
JS Park - January 17, 2005, at 7:17 p.m.
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Orchestration
Nicolas Rodriguez Quiles - November 25, 2004, at 1:57 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 45:34
• 1. Main Titles (1:45)
• 2. First Crop Circles (3:15)
• 3. Roof Intruder (2:19)
• 4. Brazilian Video (1:56)
• 5. In the Cornfield (5:42)
• 6. Baby Monitor (1:09)
• 7. Recruiting Office (2:11)
• 8. Throwing a Stone (5:47)
• 9. Boarding Up the House (3:00)
• 10. Into the Basement (5:23)
• 11. Asthma Attack (3:42)
• 12. Hand of Fate - Part 1 (5:32)
• 13. Hand of Fate - Part 2 (3:48)

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