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Southpaw
(2015)
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Composed, Co-Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Arranged and Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
Simon Franglen
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Sony Classical
(July 24th, 2015)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have an established tolerance and affinity for James Horner's highly understated dramatic scores for piano and occasionally gruesome ones utilizing synthetic ambience.

Avoid it... if you cannot sustain interest in this score with only ten minutes of fully realized melodic grace of a tonal nature, most of this score dwelling deep in a depressing haze for electronics beneath the piano.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,617
WRITTEN 11/28/15
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Southpaw: (James Horner) There's nothing radically new in the hardship story within Antoine Fuqua's 2015 sports drama Southpaw, a boxing redemption tale originally meant for rapper Eminem but eventually starring Jake Gyllenhaal instead. The champion boxer's wife is killed during a confrontation at an event and his downward spiral of depressions leads to the loss of his daughter and home. Through one second chance with a new trainer, however, he works towards redeeming himself through the defeat of a rival connected with his wife's death. The gritty, introspective atmosphere of Southpaw, along with Gyllenhaal's transformative performance, are the main attraction in an otherwise drab picture, and the movie was a fiscal success. Due to its rather minimal budget, Fuqua had planned to return to his collaborator on The Equalizer, Harry Gregson-Williams, to provide the music for the film. The director had a fruitful collaboration with Hans Zimmer and his associates through the years (Gregson-Williams joining Mark Mancina and Trevor Morris), but when veteran drama composer James Horner offered to Fuqua that he's produce a score for free for Southpaw, the director could not resist. Horner was moved by the story to such an extent that he insisted that he needed to write the music for it, regardless of the fact that he would have to cover all his crews' costs out of his own pocket. Horner was thus granted the job and produced a synthetic work produced by just a small group of his core team. Eminem's presence in the songs for the film was retained along the way. For Horner collectors, Southpaw represents the composer's final fully recorded score completed prior to his sudden death in a June 2015 plane accident. While he had written The 33 and some material for Fuqua's subsequent remake of The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw was chronologically Horner's final finished work for the screen. His 2014 and 2015 was immensely fruitful after taking some time off from major scoring, his last year offering his fans a multitude of scores and concert works as a parting gift of sorts. While Southpaw is certainly not going to be remembered as the best of Horner's 2015 releases (it may very well end up being his worst-selling album of the year, including the concert works), it neatly ties up the thread associated with the electronic scores in his career.



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Average: 2.88 Stars
***** 11 5 Stars
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Review at Movie Wave
Southall - December 30, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
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Very depressing music, not for album
Indy2003 - December 19, 2015, at 9:12 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 52:04
• 1. The Preparations (2:36)
• 2. A More Normal Life (1:42)
• 3. A Fatal Tragedy (2:33)
• 4. The Funeral, Alone... (5:16)
• 5. Suicidal Rampage (8:28)
• 6. Empty Showers (3:39)
• 7. Dream Crusher (2:30)
• 8. A Cry for Help (4:16)
• 9. House Auction (2:39)
• 10. A Long Road Back (2:26)
• 11. Training (3:53)
• 12. How Much They Miss Her (2:15)
• 13. Hope vs Escobar (8:26)
• 14. A Quiet Moment... (1:25)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The cover art was altered after Horner's death to include a dedication to the composer; some early pressings of the album do not include that addition.
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