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My Sister's Keeper
(2009)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Aaron Zigman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jerry Hey

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 23rd, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you seek a conservatively depressing, minimally orchestral companion piece as tortured as the contemplative souls in the story on screen.

Avoid it... if you expect scores for introspective, weighty dramas to offer appeal in the form of melodramatic gravity, for Aaron Zigman seems to have missed the target in achieving a Gabriel Yared style of sound for this challenging film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,536
WRITTEN 7/5/09
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My Sister's Keeper: (Aaron Zigman) Clashing medical ethics and familial relations are the thorny topic of the best-selling novel by Jodi Picoult that has been translated into the 2009 motion picture My Sister's Keeper. When a contemporary couple has a child with perpetual medical needs, they conceive another to serve as a constant donor, an insurance policy in the form of bone marrow, blood, and organs. While this premise may suggest either a hint of cruelty or even science fiction, the story of this otherwise normal family is complicated when the young donor decides to exercise free will in refusing a necessary kidney transplant for her older sister. The 11-year-old hires an attorney for medical emancipation, giving her the chance to ensure some stability in her own life while living with the parents and siblings she still loves and relies upon. The handling of the series of flashbacks by Nick Cassavetes is divisive, either repulsing audiences or sending them to their tissue boxes depending on how well each viewer can forgive the film's major holes in logic. Strong performances all around are its greatest strength, highlighted by a small but widely admired role for Joan Cusack. The purpose of the music in My Sister's Keeper is one that is completely predictable, playing to a sound of introspective drama perfect for Rachel Portman, Gabriel Yared, or another master of sappy tones of minimal volume. Ironically, the music in the film was mentioned in critical reviews as awkwardly distracting in parts, which is perhaps a cardinal sin in this kind of picture. Still, the approach taken by composer Aaron Zigman is one that will not surprise anyone, and it serves its purpose for most of its length despite lacking much sense of creativity or genuine engagement. Since catching mainstream attention with his music for The Notebook in 2004, Zigman's career has focused primarily on the lighter side of the industry, a busy series of relatively easy dramas and contemporary comedies that don't demand much extended thought. In fact, the combination of his music for My Sister's Keeper and audience favorite The Proposal in the summer of 2009 sums up his production of the era well. Fortunately, My Sister's Keeper allows Zigman to further explore a more serious side of his capabilities that appeals to film score collectors and has landed him a relatively rare commercial album release of his endeavors.



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Total Time: 34:16
• 1. End Title (5:49)
• 2. Opening (3:14)
• 3. Thoughts (1:00)
• 4. Taylor & Anna (2:03)
• 5. Visiting Relatives (3:58)
• 6. Bloody Nose (1:05)
• 7. Young Kate (0:44)
• 8. Anna on the Floor (0:48)
• 9. Looking at the Journal (2:48)
• 10. Sorry About Kate (0:30)
• 11. Prom Night (2:21)
• 12. Taylor & Anna Talking in Bed (0:56)
• 13. Taylor Dies (1:19)
• 14. The Beach (0:50)
• 15. Narration (1:16)
• 16. The Courtroom (1:30)
• 17. Will You Wait for Me? (1:07)
• 18. The Last Goodbye (3:04)

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