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ERIN BROCKOVICH: SOUNDTRACK:

"Despite dual representation, the marvellous Newman clan came away from Oscars night empty handed, with Thomas’s American Beauty score left to play second fiddle to The Red Violin and cousin Randy’s gorgeous When She Loved Me left grasping as Phil Collins’s Tarzan ditty swung in to snatch the statuette for best song.

Mantelpiece decorations or not, Thomas and Randy are the second generation of Newmans – carrying on from celebrated brothers Alfred (Thomas’s father), Lionel and Emil – to honour Hollywood with their sublime cinematic sound-scapes.

On Erin Brockovich, Thomas has maintained the lofty family standard with deep, beautiful, infinitely spacious resonance . . . and that’s just the majestic reverb he uses to enrich his sparse, nimble instrumentation.

The soundtrack is drenched in a moody minor key ambience of uncluttered yet busy arrangements that emphasise Newman’s knack for making the simple interesting and, conversely, disguising intricate composition with deceptively simple orchestration.

Bass accents interplay with catchy piano melodies, which are often merely honest and straightforward blues-based lines, but at other times are spiced with delicate chromatic figures and brief patterns of syncopation. Masterful mini-motifs recur, link and interconnect to form an evocative musical milieu that is further enhanced by a couple of spirited numbers from Sheryl Crow who is in full flight with her never pretty, but always appealing emotive twang and folk-funk-blues feel on Redemption Day and the fabulous final track, Everyday is a Winding Road (which just goes to show that Crow doesn’t always fly straight when there’s the temptation to add a fresh bend, twist or turn to a Beatles’ title). Noteworthy too, is that there is an amazing cover version of this song on Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, the latest album by the Artist Currently Known as a Symbol – who no doubt felt an empathy with the near-impossible-to-spell moniker of the film’s eponymous protagonist."
Brad Green

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TITLE: Erin Brockovich – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

ID: SK 89239
Sony

COMPOSER: Thomas Newman

ADDITIONAL SONGS: Sheryl Crow

FEATURED ARTISTS: Sheryl Crow

TRACKS: 23

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