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Simpatico
(1999)
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Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
Stewart Copeland
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Milan Records
(January 11th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are an avid collector of Stewart Copeland's more immensely percussive and depressingly atmospheric works.

Avoid it... if you expect a score that either impresses you with its instrumental creativity or maintains a satisfyingly consistent mood in its disturbing demeanor.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,387
WRITTEN 12/31/99, REVISED 11/13/07
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Simpatico: (Stewart Copeland) Adapted from a play by Sam Shepard, Simpatico is a convoluted portrait of four characters and the lengths to which their backgrounds force them into unsavory relations. Spanning the concepts of revenge, money, crime, and horse breeding, Simpatico is an extremely unsatisfactory film, irritating to both critics and audiences, and not even the performances by a top notch ensemble of performers could make you care about the tragic circumstances unfolding on screen. It is rare that a film essentially about blackmail can leave viewers so cold about every character involved, and it is this lack of engagement that caused the ironically unlikable Simpatico a hasty arthouse death. For a story of such disillusionment, the assignment of Stewart Copeland to score the movie was a frightfully appropriate one. Working on a number of eclectic scoring projects since branching out from the rock band "The Police" in the 1980's, Copeland's scores of the 1990's were very consistent in their low-budget, acoustical appeal. As a legendary percussionist, Copeland specializes in using electronic rhythms and guitars (acoustic and electric) for most of his film scores. Over the years, his scores haven't varied much in style, perhaps speaking to an intrinsic lack of training in the realm of film scoring, and the best he seems to muster to differentiate them is an alteration of their moods. Such is the case with Simpatico, which takes a twisted, dark spin on Copeland's usual singular ensemble for a tense thriller of a score that barely registers for much of its length. Accomplishing the right alienating mood is what the music for Simpatico achieves beyond all else. Desolate, disturbed, and sparsely constructed, Copeland's small-scale electronics create a very effective, disjointed atmosphere for the film.



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158 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.33 Stars
***** 15 5 Stars
**** 18 4 Stars
*** 27 3 Stars
** 43 2 Stars
* 55 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 31:22
• 1. Photos (1:45)
• 2. Bad Sex (1:10)
• 3. Rosie to the Race (1:25)
• 4. Place Bets (0:55)
• 5. The Kiss - The Race (1:40)
• 6. Breeding (1:05)
• 7. Vinnie Walks/Simms Talks (2:00)
• 8. Carter Walks to Bar (0:50)
• 9. Cross Dressing (1:35)
• 10. Vinnie Arrives Party (0:50)
• 11. Rush to L.A. (3:15)
• 12. Horse Scams (1:35)
• 13. Vin Waits/Rose Elopes (1:30)
• 14. Goodbye Simpatico (1:17)
• 15. Rosie Rides (0:55)
• 16. Shoot Simpatico (1:05)
• 17. Buddy Fire (1:40)
• 18. Free of It All - performed by Stan Ridgway (3:50)
• 19. Games People Play - performed by Petula Clark (2:35)

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