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The Little Things
(2021)
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Composed, Co-Performed, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Carl Johnson

Co-Performed by:
Steve Tavaglione
George Doering
Rick Cox
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WaterTower Music
(January 29th, 2021)
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Commercial digital release only, with high resolution options.
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Buy it... if you have a proven history of appreciating the mood of bleak, ambient film music of a largely synthetic nature.

Avoid it... if you expect more than only marginal connections to Thomas Newman's more attractive subdued works, this thriller a surprisingly anonymous bore.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,993
WRITTEN 5/13/21
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The Little Things: (Thomas Newman) Substantially inspired by the 1995 cult favorite Seven, 2021's The Little Things reprises the notion of two detectives in a dirty, grimy urban environment hunting down a serial killer who knows all too much about their personal lives and eventually taunts the hothead of the duo into murdering him in a desert. The character issues of all three leads are the focus of John Lee Hancock's modern noir thriller, their failures and obsessions key to maintaining appeal. While the cast and crew contain a number of all-stars, the film's depressing plot is dissatisfying, intentionally left ambiguous at the end and allowing the viewer to speculate about the identity of the true villain. It's an ambitiously brazen attempt to recapture the intensity of Seven using many of the same basic plot points, and audiences and critics weren't buying it. The movie is one of those bleak mysteries that encourages you to hate humanity more than you already may, with absolutely no redeeming characteristics other than marginally interesting acting performances. No matter how many times you yell at the screen to stop the obsessed detective from killing the suspect out of frustration, it seems that we are now to expect just that result. With the look and feel of the film intentionally desolate and helpless, it's no surprise that The Little Things is serviced by equally unattractive music. Composer Thomas Newman had collaborated with Hancock on Saving Mr. Banks and The Highwaymen, and his duties on this assignment were clear. Newman explored a number of minimalistic, atmospheric works in the early 2000's as he transitioned away from orchestral lyricism, and The Little Things is a wholesale return to some of the least accessible entries from those days. Many such scores are unlistenable apart from the film, and they add little more than a low level of taxing emotional weight on screen. Newman's impact on this film is surprisingly inert; as the heart of the screenplay involves a slow pursuit, the composer instead leaves the listener with the same sense of stationary movement at all times. Perhaps this technique is Newman's attempt to represent the purposefully ambiguous resolution to the tale's many mysteries, for the story really goes nowhere by the end. There is some minimal narrative flow to the score, however, turning slightly brighter by the conclusion in the shades of its instrumentation.


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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 55:20
• 1. Chevy Nova (3:00)
• 2. Musica Latina (1:56)
• 3. Motion to Dismiss (1:16)
• 4. Meat Wagon (1:06)
• 5. Second Story Walkup (1:46)
• 6. Gentlemen's Club (1:23)
• 7. Hollywood Cross (1:24)
• 8. Shirley Temple to Go (4:48)
• 9. Buck Twenty (2:21)
• 10. Vacation Days (1:22)
• 11. St Agnes (2:29)
• 12. Wing Mirror (0:44)
• 13. Jack Aboud (1:30)
• 14. La Loma Bridge (2:08)
• 15. Reverend Captain (0:48)
• 16. Mosman's (1:30)
• 17. New Disciple (1:08)
• 18. I Won't Bite (4:47)
• 19. Padlock (0:51)
• 20. Get Up (1:40)
• 21. Strong Box (3:48)
• 22. End of the World (2:41)
• 23. Red Barrette (2:33)
• 24. A Dead Girl Wakes (5:00)
• 25. Little Things (3:46)

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