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News of the World
(2020)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
Pete Anthony
Jeff Atmajian
Jon Kull
Philip Klein

Co-Produced by:
Xander Rodzinski
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Back Lot Music
(December 4th, 2020)
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Regular U.S. release, also available on vinyl.
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Nominated for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if fifteen minutes of melodic grace and robust, accessible Western character is enough to merit your interest in an otherwise challenging work.

Avoid it... if you cannot suffer a broken, lonely, and discordant score for much of its length, even its lyrical highlights exhibiting the effects of a somber environment.
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WRITTEN 3/1/21
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News of the World: (James Newton Howard) Movies like Paul Greengrass' 2020 Western News of the World should remind us all why it's best we didn't live in that time and place. Although redeeming in the end, the plot of film shows a Texas of 1870 full of killers, kidnappers, and every other variety of undesirable people. In this rough environment, a former captain of the Confederate Army roams the country spreading news from the cities, reading from recent newspapers and being received with hostility more often than not. He happens across an orphaned young white girl who had been raised by Native Americans but is being transported to her remaining relatives; due to mishaps involving the government forces in the area, the captain decides to deliver the girl himself, yielding adventures and heartbreak when the relatives abuse her as anyone else would. The film's wide praise extends from Tom Hanks' performance in the lead role to the usual production elements that dominate a well-shot Western. Still, some audiences found Hanks' persona and his relationship with the girl to be too sanitized, the conflict of the tale too predictable. At any rate, News of the World offered a chance for Greengrass to swap out his regular composing collaborator, John Powell, with Western veteran James Newton Howard, who had written a variety of genre scores ranging from heroic to post-apocalyptic much earlier in his career. He found his assignment on News of the World a challenge not only because of the pandemic of 2020 necessitating the recording of sections of the ensemble apart from each other but also due to the tone of the film. Howard was keen to emphasize that the lead captain is a broken man in a broken land, and the music therefore needed to have all the basic components of a traditional Western score but convey them in ways that evoke sadness and loss. Lamenting his inability to unleash the usual bravado of a genre theme more than a couple of times in the score, the composer concentrated on reworking his primary thematic base for the film extensively before finding an idea that was malleable enough to address those rare moments of heightened excitement while more often stewing in tortured rephrasing for the lead character.


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Average: 3.11 Stars
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The Road to Dallas and End Titles
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 71:38
• 1. Captain Jefferson (2:06)
• 2. There is No Time for Stories (3:57)
• 3. Leaving Wichita (1:27)
• 4. Arriving at Red River (1:18)
• 5. Now for Some Federal News (5:02)
• 6. Johanna's New Clothes (3:11)
• 7. The Road to Dallas (2:01)
• 8. It's Hard Finding Your Way Home (2:05)
• 9. Dime Mountain (9:38)
• 10. What Else Can You Teach Me? (5:45)
• 11. Erath County (3:28)
• 12. Kidd Defies Farley (7:09)
• 13. Johanna Returns Home (5:36)
• 14. Dust Storm (3:27)
• 15. A Gift (2:14)
• 16. Castroville (2:15)
• 17. Kidd Visits Maria (4:54)
• 18. Miss Johanna Kidd (0:55)
• 19. End Titles (5:10)

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The album is packaged in a slipcase containing an oversized booklet that features a note from the director and a list of performers.
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