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The Spiderwick Chronicles
(2008)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes

Orchestrated by:
J.A.C. Redford
Steven R. Bernstein
Carl Johnson
Eddie Karam
Gary K. Thomas
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(February 5th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release. The same album was released on iTunes several weeks prior to the CD release.
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Buy it... if you have traditionally appreciated the lengthy constructs of James Horner's dense fantasy writing, even in the absence of thematic strength.

Avoid it... if you demand memorable themes from Horner and expect either of this score's two primary themes to overwhelm you with either originality or development throughout the work.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #488
WRITTEN 1/18/08
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The Spiderwick Chronicles: (James Horner) Yet another entry in the digital renaissance of the fantasy genre on screen is The Spiderwick Chronicles, an adaptation from Holly Black's popular book that told of the fantastic and frightening adventures of two youngsters who discover an imaginative world of unexplored wonders. The mythical creatures of this place help and hinder the children along a journey that inevitably delivers them home in typical fashion. The delay of Paramount's film pushed it out of consideration in a Christmas 2007 season that could have used the film at the box office, and an early 2008 release could stunt its success to an extent. Film music collectors have been eagerly awaiting the return of James Horner to his regular levels of production, and the delay of The Spiderwick Chronicles caused the composer's first full year of inactivity (release-wise, technically speaking) since he began in the industry almost thirty years prior. His first score release since a tandem in Apocalypto and All the King's Men that brought little in popular recognition, The Spiderwick Chronicles teased listeners with an iTunes distribution that preceded the score's normal album release by many weeks. For Horner himself, the children's genre was one that yielded significant success in the early 1990's, culminating in 1995 when he largely departed the genre with Casper and Jumanji. In the interim, 2000's How the Grinch Stole Christmas has really been his only score directed at younger listeners, leaving behind a sound at which Horner was quite accomplished. While The Spiderwick Chronicles is a significant return to that genre, listeners may be best served if they diminish their expectations to an extent, because despite the score's inherent strength in complex structure and a few comforting, standard Horner techniques, it will not rise the level of the composer's best entries from fifteen years prior.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 71:30
• 1. Writing the Chronicles (3:02)
• 2. So Many New Worlds Revealed (5:11)
• 3. Thimbletack and the Goblins (5:15)
• 4. Hosqueal's Warning of a Bargain (5:15)
• 5. Discovering Spiderwick's Secret (3:24)
• 6. Dark Armies from the Forest Attack (3:06)
• 7. Burning the Book (2:43)
• 8. A Desperate Run Through the Tunnell (4:47)
• 9. Lucinda's Story (6:01)
• 10. The Flight of the Griffin (6:55)
• 11. Escape from the Glade (4:44)
• 12. The Protective Circle is Broken .... ! (2:07)
• 13. Jared and Mulgarath Fight for the Chronicles (4:17)
• 14. Coming Home (6:17)
• 15. Closing Credits (8:22)

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