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One of the most original and brilliant soundtracks ever!
on 5 January 2001
This real musical gem is beautifully crafted and stunningly performed. Yared's juxtaposition of musical style and completeness of sound compares only to Michael Nyman and Bernard Hermann in film music terms. This album proves that popular and "classical" music may work as one and the same, and that "new music" may be new and inovative without succombing to extreemest 20th century compositional techniques. The highlight of this album, in my opinion, is track 2: "My Funny Valentine" superbly and apropriately sung by Matt Damon: this song, (in particular Damon's vocal style) combined with Sinead O'Connor's "Cain's Mother: a Lullably" forms a beautifull background over which the rest of the music is painted by the composer. These original versions of the songs remain in the memory of the listener throughout the soundtrack, and indeed, the film - even during the increasingly experimental jazz tracks. This soundtrack is genius. It not only enhances the film, it is greater than that. This recording stands on it's own two feet as a significant musical work.