|1. Catch Me If You Can|
|2. The Float|
|3. Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra|
|4. Recollections (The Father's Theme)|
|5. The Airport Scene|
|6. The Girl From Ipanema -Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim|
|7. Learning The Ropes|
|8. Father And Son|
|9. Embraceable You - Judy Garland|
|10. The Flash Comics Clue|
|12. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole|
|13. A Broken Home|
|14. Doctor, Lawyer, Lutheran|
|15. The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield|
|16. Catch Me If You Can (Reprise and End Credits)|
"Recollections (The Father's Theme)" is a beautiful, introspective number developed from the score and intended as a future concert piece. The main theme and its variations are filled with effortless charm. The only drawback is that some may find the melodic material just a little too similar to that in A.I.. Five songs are interspersed among the score tracks, with Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly with Me" and Dusty Springfield's "The Look of Love" (originally from the 1967 Bond spoof Casino Royale) especially complementing Williams' highly engaging soundtrack. --Gary S. Dalkin
Reflecting the aspirational times in which the film is set, Williams has put together a progressive jazz score which is classy, catchy and consummately professional. The eponymous title-track is a slippery little number, sax and bass chasing each other in helter-skelter pursuit. The melodic repertoire is incredibly simple. Only a few musical themes of five notes or less lay the scores foundations, and make for more of the irresistibly memorable theme tunes of which Williams is the maestro.
In our post-September 11 era, the idea of a conman posing as a pilot, doctor or lawyer has disturbing resonances. But the soundtrack, like the film, lingers on the light-hearted, with that classic Hollywood leitmotif the feel-good glockenspiel riff making inevitable appearances. Only in pieces about the relationship between Frank Abagnale Jr. and Sr. does a hint of something unhappier emerge. In "Recollections" and "Father and Son", a morose, rambling sax gestures at chasms beneath the mellow surface.
Retro-tracks selected for the album capture the period's cheesy brand of glamour. There are the usual, overworked clichés such as Sinatra inviting us to fly with him and Nat King Cole's chestnuts on an open fire. But gems such as Judy Garland's "Embraceable You" and the original, wistful "Girl from Ipanema" still have a lot of life left and it is a joy to hear them here.
This may not be the most innovative album you've ever heard. But as an example of popular soundtrack craftsmanship at its finest, it's a masterclass. --Morag Reavley
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There are really only a few drawbacks; certainly fans of John William's grandeur style will miss his prominent brass tunes and harmonies and there seems to be very little thematic use and development in this soundtrack, certainly compared to Williams' usual outstanding use of themes to carry the story across. But sit back and listen to a different kind of masterpiece, the sax solos alone are worth listening to...all intricately penned by Williams although sounding improvised.
So, anyone who is a fan of John Williams, or Jazz in general, try this soundtrack. It may not be quite what you expect but it IS worth it.
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