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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
(2007)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted and Co-Orchestrated by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter
Julia Newmann
Patrick Russ
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(December 4th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're either a sucker for Celtic influences in your pretty and unassuming orchestral scores or, to a lesser extent, a fan of James Newton Howard's bold action tones.

Avoid it... if you expect this score to feature the same consistency of harmonic appeal as Howard's highly acclaimed and popular Lady in the Water.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #722
WRITTEN 12/29/07
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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep: (James Newton Howard) Just when you think the formula has been exhausted, another studio cranks out a "lonely child nurtured back to emotional health by an animal companion" film. The equation is slightly different this time, with the animal taking the form of the Loch Ness Monster and the setting being 1942 Scotland. A young boy who has lost his father and is in search of a friend discovers a reptile egg that hatches into the baby monster, an affectionate beast raised for a time in the family bathtub. As the animal outgrows the home, he's released into the famous lake, and the boy helps save the aptly named Crusoe from those who would capture or kill him. The film opened to surprisingly positive reviews, putting an intriguing spin on the usual happy, children's genre with enough decent special effects to entertain adults. American director Jay Russell, whose collaborations with composer William Ross have been more plentiful, turned to James Newton Howard specifically because of his recent works; it's possible that Howard's extremely acclaimed and popular score for the previous year's Lady in the Water contributed to this request. Fans immediately drew the same conclusions, with many of Howard's most ardent collectors creating the same kind of hype for The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. Since Lady in the Water, Howard's scores have been firmly rooted in the tense, electronic realm of modern suspense, a genre for which he has never produced stellar results. Indeed, The Water Horse is a return to a fantasy genre in which Howard seems most inspired in recent years. Perhaps the strangest, but ironically predictable aspect of Howard's music for the film is the fact that it is Irish in flavor, despite the Scottish setting. This happens frequently in Hollywood, and is no doubt attributable to the specific requests that Russell made upon Howard. Most audiences can't tell the difference between the two cultures' instruments and their sounds anyway. For some listeners, this blatant Celtic tilt, extending to the involvement of Sinead O'Connor and The Chieftains for additional material not related to the initial recording of the score, will be unforgivable. If you can look past this obvious problem, The Water Horse contains several redeeming highlights to counter its very slow start.



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Average: 3.85 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 58:38
• 1. Back Where You Belong - performed by Sinead O'Connor (4:29)
• 2. Main Title (1:09)
• 3. Angus Feeds Crusoe (1:59)
• 4. You Didn't Even Get Wet (2:58)
• 5. The Workshop (2:35)
• 6. Ann (1:28)
• 7. Bath Tub (2:23)
• 8. Driving to the Loch (2:00)
• 9. Run Angus (1:20)
• 10. The Fishermen (1:37)
• 11. Angus in Training (2:52)
• 12. Swimming (6:34)
• 13. The Children Laugh (2:58)
• 14. The Dinner Party (3:03)
• 15. There's No Monster (2:01)
• 16. Saving Crusoe (2:04)
• 17. The Net (4:22)
• 18. The Jump (1:40)
• 19. End of the Story (3:04)
• 20. The Water Horse Suite - performed by The Chieftains (8:08)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from the director about the score.
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