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Howard - The Village - Original Soundtrack Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (23 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B0002SEP2E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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James Newton Howard really outdoes himself this time. The soundtrack to "Signs", while capturing the spirit of the film, was rather boring with the usual tense string moments and very little else. "The Village", however, is less like a thriller soundtrack and more like a poetical representation of the movie. There are still elements of "scare value", but the main theme is, to my mind, aching beautiful and reminded me somewhat of Einaudi's works. Definatly worth buying.
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I'm so glad that somebody has brought back the art of creating beautiful film music, as opposed to the unimaginitive, predictable scores we hear so often these days. Of course there are plenty of very good composers whose music perfectly compliments the movies they're writing for(none more so than Thomas Newman, who in my opinion has written THE perfect score in The Shawshank Redemption). But how much incidental music can you think of which actually stands alone and can be enjoyed on cd without accompanying the film? Yeah exactly, not alot.
James Newton Howard's score for The Village is a gorgeous piece of work on every level. It's filled with emotion and beauty, but also summons up feelings of tension and dread in the more sinister parts of the film. Of course it is helped immeasurably by the exquisite violin of Hilary Hahn. Now I certainly don't claim to be an authority on violinists, but even I could tell within a couple of minutes that whoever was playing the featured violin was in a class of their own. It's so dripping with emotion it actually gave me goosebumps, and I don't get those very often I assure you.
Almost all of the thirteen tracks on the cd can be enjoyed on their own, the two exceptions being tracks 10 and 13 which are mood pieces. Also, be aware(especially if you have young kids) that tracks 4 and 12 begin in a very loud and creepy way. They practically induced a heart attack when I first listened to them at high volume, so I imagine small children will probably flee the room screaming if subjected to it.
It's a great cd, and well worth spending a few quid on. The film's not bad either.
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By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2005
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I can't quite put into words just how brilliant this soundtrack is but I'm going to try! I watched the movie as I am a fan of Night's work and was so absorbed by it and the soundtrack that i went out immediately and bought both! The soundtrack is an amazing piece of work that stands alone so well but adds so mmuch to the movie as well. You can hear the terror that the villagers felt and the love that blossomed between the main characters. The violin tugs at your heart and is so well played by someone so young. If you haven't got this soundtrack and the movie I really can't understand why!
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There are very few films that are made all the more powerful by the score. Gattaca and The Piano are two obvious choices of previous examples, and I'm paying a big compliment to James Newton Howard by mentioning his score for The Village in the same breath as those.
This score added SO much depth to the film. I know the film got very mixed reviews but I for one thought it was superb, and this score was an essential ingredient.
Listening to it as a standalone piece of work is occassionally difficult (some tracks are particularly eerie - 'The Bad Color' and 'Those We Do Not Speak Of' are down right unsettling), but most of the time a sheer delight.
As with much of Michael Nyman's scores (Gattaca, The Piano etc), The Village score uses repetition of key themes in many of the tracks, although rather than being 'repetitive' helps join the individual pieces - a simple trick that isn't done very well in the majority of film scores.
There are lots of exquisite compositions here - 'Noah Visits', 'The Gravel Road' and 'The Vote' are my personal favourites.
If you love beautifully played strings then check this out (and if you enjoyed the film, you'd be surprised how much of that enjoyment can be relived hearing this).
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By avl06 VINE VOICE on 15 May 2005
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How this score did not win an Oscar is beyond me (it was nominated). A major part of why the film was (in my view) such a major triumph, this stands up very well as pure music. Hilary Hahn is wonderful, any one who likes, for instance, Vaughn Williams' The Lark Ascending should give this a listen.
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I love my classical soundtracks and always have done and this is a perfect edition to that collection. It now joins many great scores such as " The Mission" "Braveheart" and " Last of Mohicans"

If you loved the film then you will love this soundtrack, its a perfect album to listen to whilst relaxing with a glass of wine - my fav track being the Gravel Road. The album sound conjures up an adventure where the listener can sit back and remember powerful moments within the film such as " those we do not speak of" are entering the village and her hand is in the air waiting for him to grab it...pure musical genius!!

If you liked this I would also recommend the soundtrack to "Donnie Darko" eerie and dark but great aswell.

Hope this helps as its my first review lol
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In a word: breathtaking. This music is beautiful. It is haunting but it is never boring. Often when people describe music as 'haunting and atmospheric' (especially when it's soundtrack music) I get a little worried because I have seen this translate many times as 'boring'. Here, that is definitely NOT the case. This soundtrack is shockingly beautiful with violin playing that brings tears to your eyes (Hilary Hahn plays and she has a fantastically light but passionate touch). 'The Gravel Road' is my personal favourite track. There is really nothing I can criticize about 'The Village''s soundtrack. Even if you didn't enjoy the movie you should check out this CD, because it is truly unique and wonderful listening.
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