I couldn't find a dedicated thread for this score, but it certainly deserves one. Listening now as I work and it's such a gorgeous balancing act, delicately teetering between epic and intimate like a chamber piece with grand ambitions. Interesting that Howard scored this and THE SIXTH SENSE in the same year, when this sounds like a precusor to his work on THE VILLAGE. Shawn Murphy's ace recording really adds a lot to the overall effect, with an airy reverb unusual for Howard's scores that gives it a kind of glow.
I haven't listened to this score in ages but I'm really blown away.
"Snow Drive" and the last two tracks ("Can I Hold You Now?" and "End Titles") are the highlights for me. "Tarawa" is big and showy, but the intimate parts are such brilliant examples of JNH at the height of his powers in the late 90s/early 00s.
”Snow Drive" and the last two tracks ("Can I Hold You Now?" and "End Titles") are the highlights for me. "Tarawa" is big and showy, but the intimate parts are such brilliant examples of JNH at the height of his powers in the late 90s/early 00s.
Amen. Took my own advice and just gave the film a full re-watch. There is such a dreamy quality what with all the flashbacks and stream of consciousness moments. And each time I see it I pick up things that may have gone unnoticed previously. So much to be moved by and wonderfully enhanced by JNH’s approach. This production and The Year Of Living Dangerously forever remain distinctive sensual delights and their scores have much to do with it.
Gotcha. And interesting that you should mention the soundtrack in conjunction with 9/11. Mine was "Gifts of Nature" fom Barry's The Beyondness Of Things. Even told this to the composer and to this day it remains a personal all-purpose anthem to underscore tragic events. It certainly has elements similar to JNH's score.