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The film isn't the only American Beauty,
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This review is from: American Beauty (Audio CD)
A glimpse at the 70 or so reviews that have sprung up on Amazon.com for this masterpiece gives some indication of how important Thomas Newman's score to the 1999 Sam Mendes tour de force has become. It was indeed a special film that required something extraordinary from its musical collaborator. Newman hits the spot with the ethereal soundtrack to our vision of a man who is clearly either losing it or learning to get it right, whichever way the viewer interprets Kevin Spacey's tragi-comic deviation from the life that is expected of him. The two principal themes of 'Dead Already' and 'American Beauty' are deeply moving and pass the test of standing alone, away from the images of the film.
Thomas Newman has managed to extend the tradition of exellence that is expected from such an outstanding musical dynasty. The Newman family sits at the heart of 20th Century American music, with its variety of messages displaying a quintessential American sound, from Alfred Newman's scores of the 1940's right up to the present day. Anybody approaching Thomas Newman's work here for the first time should take time to listen to his work on 'The Player' and 'Shawshank' as well as picking up cousin Randy Newman's outstanding orchestral soundtrack to 'The Natural'.
In summary, an exceptional piece of work that will justifiably stand the test of time as an 'American Beauty' in its own right.