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Thomas Newman - Revolutionary Road [Soundtrack]

Thomas Newman Audio CD
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A second-generation member of Hollywood's preeminent musical dynasty, composer Thomas Newman carried on his family's legacy through a series of Academy Award-nominated film scores. Born in Los Angeles on October 20, 1955, he was the son of Alfred Newman and the nephew of Lionel and Emil Newman, all three renowned composers and conductors from Hollywood's golden age; Thomas' ... Read more in Amazon's Thomas Newman Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Route 12Thomas Newman 2:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Picture WindowThomas Newman 1:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Bright Young ManThomas Newman 3:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hopeless EmptinessThomas Newman 1:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. UnrealisticThomas Newman 2:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Count Every StarThe Ravens 2:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Simple Clean LinesThomas Newman 1:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Speaking of Production ControlThomas Newman 1:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Golden PeopleThomas Newman 2:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Night WoodsThomas Newman 4:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Crying In The ChapelThe Orioles 3:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. AprilThomas Newman 9:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. A Bit WhimsicalThomas Newman 1:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Revolutionary Road (End Title)Thomas Newman 4:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The GypsyThe Ink Spots 2:45Album Only

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BBC Review

Fans of Thomas Newman's evocatively haunting, minimalist-accented soundtracks will know what to expect from this fourth score for director Sam Mendes - another characteristically subtle essay in dislocating musical ambiguity.

Adapted from the acclaimed debut novel by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road captures the moment at which the WASP American dream began to turn sour even as the suburban idyll was at its apparent peak, and the damage the resulting fall-out wreaks on the marriage of a young and successful but restless and unsatisfied couple.

Most immediately apparent are the multiple echoes of Newman's first Mendes collaboration, the Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning American Beauty. But while the breathy ambient haze of plangent piano, unsettling strings and ticking high-hat cymbals - all yearning for unrealised crescendos before falling away into retreating minor-key cadences - skilfully maps out the fractured emotional terrain here, it also feels as if it is re-tracing the musical footprints of the earlier film.

What is new is the greater emphasis given to Newman's use of unconventional instrumental colours to offer vividly edgy, off-kilter detail. So jangling metallic effects, blurred piano chords pregnant with frustration, bloated bass lines, disembodied, drone-like textures and synthetic-sounding keening all combine to create an unsettling turbulence that threatens to break and fracture the surface calm. It's an effect underlined by Newman's signature way with jittery, uneven rhythms.

Illustrating a more profoundly uncertain era than the setting of American Beauty - the psychological toll of post-war austerity, McCarthy's communist witchhunts, the threat of Cold War annihilation - Revolutionary Road is, appropriately enough, a less optimistic score. It veers away from certainty, definition and clarity to offer something more indistinct, troubling and ominous. But it also, and worryingly, runs the risk of repeating and diluting a winning formula. In that respect it counts as a disappointment.

Three bittersweet pop songs of the period - Count Every Star by The Ravens, The Orioles' Crying in the Chapel and, especially, The Gypsy by The Ink Spots - add their own poignant commentaries on the dystopian proceedings. --Michael Quinn

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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting 1 Jun 2009
By Sandra
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard this once on the radio and couldn't get it out of my head so I had to go and buy the cd. Thomas Newman excels once again. Wonderful!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great score 6 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
I don't often buy movie soundtracks, let alone movie scores, but after I'd seen the excellent Revolutionary Road a few nights ago I just couldn't get Thomas Newman's haunting title song out of my head so I bought this CD. The mood of the music varies from very down-beat and depressing to up-lifting and happy. If you've seen the film you'll know that it fits in perfectly with its scenes and storyline. The only down-side to this CD is that a majority of the tracks are just variations of the main music, so there may be only a limited amount of times that this will be listened to. Apart from that this is a great score that fans of the movie should love and I definitely recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Newman magic 3 Aug 2010
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I am becoming more and more of a Thomas Newman fan, and this is one soundtrack to proves that his music is worth the time and effort. Newman's music is always so beautifully crafted, none more so than in this selection of tracks for the film. Not everyone will enjoy the use of the insistent theme that runs through them, but the over all effect is mesmeric, and combined with his orchestration, both subtle and tender. I never want it to end, when it does. Newman almost always includes sample music from the period, which you either like or dislike, but this can be selected out for a more continous experience. This is highly reccommended, especially to Newman fans
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4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholic mood 8 Dec 2009
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Thomas Newman is the master of finding the right tunes for melodramatic movies. With his compositions he reaches a perfect feeling of melancholy, for you which you needn't necessarily watch the movie or even know it (although it helps to relive it). It is almost as emotional as his compositions for the movie 'Road to Perdition', which I can also highly recommend.
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