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Something to Talk About
(1995)
Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Hans Zimmer

Co-Composed by:
Graham Preskett

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Ladd McIntosh
Suzette Moriarty
Elizabeth Finch

Co-Produced by:
Jay Rifkin

Label:
Varèse Sarabande

Release Date:
August 29th, 1995

Also See:
Thelma & Louise
Cool Runnings
Nine Months

Audio Clips:
1. Dysfunctionally, Yours (0:30):
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5. Grace (0:28):
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6. Southern Comfort (0:30):
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7. Tall Horses (0:28):
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Buy it... if you seek a more genuine and intimate variation on Hans Zimmer's wild hoedown material from Thelma & Louise and Cool Runnings.

Avoid it... if banjos, Hammond organs, guitars, and harmonicas in bouncing Western rhythms of bright, exuberant character are exactly what you're typically trying to escape when seeking Zimmer's otherwise brawny music of the middle to late 1990's.



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Something to Talk About: (Hans Zimmer/Graham Preskett) Despite its promising cast, Lasse Hallstrom's 1995 romantic comedy was a flop because the film turned out to be nothing worth talking about. Julia Roberts is the center of attention, the story telling of her interactions with family members as she tries to determine if she could reconcile with her (inexplicably) philandering husband. No real spark between her and Dennis Quaid on screen was as fatal as lazy performances by Robert Duvall and Gena Rowlands in roles as her parents. Only Kyra Sedgewick, who plays her usual feisty self as the sister in the family, was recognized at awards time for her performance. The family drama takes place against the backdrop of their equestrian pursuits, so audience members interested in grand prix horse jumping contests at least had a few distractions in between boring conversational scenes. Hallstrom would later collaborate with composers Rachel Portman and Christopher Young for his more highly acclaimed projects of the late 1990's and early 2000's, though for Something to Talk About he turned to Hans Zimmer and his red-hot Media Ventures production house. Zimmer only had two weeks to write and record a score for Something to Talk About because his production schedules on Crimson Tide and Ninth Months ran past their expected time frames. He therefore turned to Media Ventures arranger Graham Preskett to assist him in finishing on time. Preskett was associated with several Zimmer and Mark Mancina scores in the mid-1990's, usually as an orchestrator or arranger, though his collaboration with Zimmer extended to a few projects in the 2000's. The score for Something to Talk About was at something of a disadvantage to begin with because the film's title reflects the famous Bonnie Raitt song of 1991 and the movie's soundtrack features that recording. Zimmer had made a career out of weaving between song placements for these sorts of underachieving dramas and comedies throughout the early 1990's, and Something to Talk About (along with The Preacher's Wife the following year) in many ways represented the final hurrah for the composer as he transitioned into his blockbuster phase and handed assignments like this one off in totality to his assistants. As such, it's a pleasant epilogue to an era when Zimmer's music was comfortably contemporary and arguably more original.

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Zimmer and Preskett go overboard with their approach to the rural Southern location of Something to Talk About, utilizing many country music elements in their light-hearted and somewhat shallow score. A handful of exuberant soloists dominate the soundscape, led by guitars, banjo, percussion, Hammond organ, piano, dobra, bass, violin, and piano. Depth in the recording is contributed by Zimmer's usual keyboarded backing in the form of minimal orchestral samples and contemporary light rock. The project gave the composer one last collaboration with his duo of electric guitar favorites, Pete Haycock and Bob Daspit, in a limited role. The demeanor of Something to Talk About rests somewhere in between the upbeat road trip portions of Thelma & Louise and the overblown, jaunty hoedown material for Cool Runnings. Nothing quite as hopelessly optimistic in a Western setting has ever come from Zimmer, despite the fact that the underlying thematic progressions are recognizable as being from his pen. For some listeners, the bubbly and bright tone of this music, along with the stereotypical instrumentation to represent anything having something to do with horses in current times, will simply be too irritating in its saturation of that style. There are several slow conversational scenes that feature piano and light percussion, though these sequences aren't as consistently soothing as what Zimmer and his assistants would provide for Something's Gotta Give. Thematically, Something to Talk About features two ideas at the forefront. The first is the outright wild and occasionally slightly bluesy theme in "Kings of Carolina" and "Southern Comfort," likely for the locale. Then there's a theme for Roberts' character, and this is where the score's most attractive performances result. Heard throughout "Grace" and in portions of "Tall Horses," this theme very curiously foreshadows the melody of one of Stephen Flaherty's songs for the forthcoming Fox animation Anastasia; the similarities are so clear that the theme may be distracting in a negative way for some. The bulk of the stylish electric guitar performances come in the "Grace" cue as well. The album for Something to Talk About, which does not contain the Raitt song, is a scant 37 minutes long and actually outstays its welcome. That said, Zimmer and Preskett took an appropriately conservative, upbeat route for this film and the album could be condensed to ten to fifteen minutes of material that will well compliment the collection of any enthusiast of Zimmer's early work. ***   Amazon.com Price Hunt: CD or Download

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 Track Listings: Total Time: 36:56


• 1. Dysfunctionally, Yours (9:36)
• 2. Kings of Carolina (1:21)
• 3. Dinner for Two (10:02)
• 4. The Witches (2:10)
• 5. Grace (5:39)
• 6. Southern Comfort (3:10)
• 7. Tall Horses (4:50)




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