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.