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Sweet Home Alabama
(2002)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Geoffrey Alexander
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Hollywood Records
(February 25th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release but out of print and selling used for more than original retail prices ten years later.
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Buy it... if five minutes of pretty, sentimental highlights for orchestra and acoustic guitar from George Fenton are enough to justify an otherwise rowdy and inconsistent blast of bluegrass and comedy spirit.

Avoid it... if you have no interest in hearing the British composer take a wild stab at humorous bluegrass outbursts, despite his success in producing several truly wild cues that perhaps unintentionally poke fun at the culture of America's Deep South.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,846
WRITTEN 1/27/12
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Sweet Home Alabama: (George Fenton) The surprise romantic comedy hit of 2002's autumn season was Sweet Home Alabama, a Reese Witherspoon vehicle that was blasted by critics for its unoriginal script but managed to stir up huge business at the box office thanks to forgiving female audiences. In the plot, Witherspoon plays a New York fashion designer engaged to the son of the city's mayor (Candice Bergen in a limited role), but her life is complicated by the fact that she skipped out on her marriage to her childhood friend back home in Alabama. When her husband refuses to sign divorce papers, she returns to her old community and runs through the normal comedic circles expected for a film of this sorts. As one might imagine, everyone in the Alabama setting is simply wonderful, including the husband, eventually exposing Witherspoon's lead as the screw-up in this equation. Through the help of her old friends and some nasty behavior by her New York connections, the woman rediscovers everything about her heritage that is truly special and there's the obligatory "happily ever after" moment. For you, the success of Sweet Home Alabama will depend first on how well you can identify with Witherspoon in the lead role and secondly on how (un)believable it is that Alabama is a great place. Director Andy Tennant has helmed several silly and ridiculous comedies of this sort, many of which financial successes, and for the original scores in these productions, he has often turned to British composer George Fenton. Usually contending with numerous song placements in these assignments is Fenton, whose best work for Tennant, Anna and the King, is not surprisingly devoid of such troubles. In Sweet Home Alabama, the composer had the troublesome task of connecting scenes in between these high profile placements, led, of course, by the use of the famous 1970's song "Sweet Home Alabama" (this time performed by Jewel). To his credit, though, the Brit did stir up a genuine sense of comedic bluegrass spirit for this score, traversing an extremely wide variety of genres on the journey through America's Deep South and the usual romantic shades of contemporary and traditional sounds common to these films. Like the movie, Fenton's score hits all the right notes and utilizes all the proper instrumental colors, but in the end, it's about as anonymous as one could imagine. Despite Fenton's success in achieving all his goals in this circumstance, the score-only album featuring this work is a laborious challenge.



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Average: 2.65 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 42:52
• 1. Lightning Strikes (1:47)
• 2. Tiffany's (4:04)
• 3. North/South (2:11)
• 4. Sweet Home (1:27)
• 5. Hide a Key (1:45)
• 6. Jake and Mel (2:16)
• 7. Telling the Parents (0:56)
• 8. Going to Town (1:34)
• 9. Stella's Roadhouse (3:01)
• 10. The Dock (1:45)
• 11. Carmichael's (3:17)
• 12. Earl Smooter (1:46)
• 13. The Coon Dog Cemetary (5:52)
• 14. The Same Melanie (1:32)
• 15. Andrew Wins Her Back (2:35)
• 16. History's History (1:46)
• 17. The Glass Factory (1:58)
• 18. You Owe Me a Dance (3:20)

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