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“Working in traditional instrumentation from the protagonist’s native India, while maintaining an accessible, emotional center, Danna stays true to the story’s spiritual underpinnings, resulting in a moving yet unassuming score that supports the film’s lush visuals without resorting to bombast.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Tarantino relies on selections from spaghetti Westerns, including the theme from 1966′s exploitation classic Django (quite explicitly the inspiration for QT’s titular character), ’70s funk and pop, ’60s exotica, heaps of quoted film scores, and a hefty dose of new songs that deftly tweak these very sounds… It spans decades and styles but it’s held [...]

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“As with The Lord of the Rings films, the music is lush and richly orchestral — with the occasional choir — utilizing similarly pastoral themes for the hobbits and rhythmic, suspenseful ones for the threatening creatures and characters.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Victor Hugo’s 19th century French historical novel Les Misérables found its way to the stage in 1980 as a remarkably successful musical, and finally the big screen in 1996 sans all of the singing, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the two mediums would finally meet.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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On The Road

“[S]elections from the likes of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Son House, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, and vocalese master Slim Gaillard effortlessly set the tone, while composer Gustavo Santaolalla’s (Babel, Brokeback Mountain) appropriately sparse and percussive score perfectly encapsulates the book’s willful nonconformity.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“T-Bone Burnett is Nashville‘s music producer. He enlisted some of Music City’s finest songwriters and the help of longtime friend Buddy Miller to co-produce (and perform on) most of the songs here. The end result is a collection that provides a compelling argument that contemporary country music doesn’t need to divorce itself from its history… [...]

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“Offered the opportunity to direct a karate flick — and with all the freedom, funding, and flash that an executive producer like Quentin Tarantino would allow — Wu-Tang leader and kung-fu fanatic RZA must have been like a kid in a candy store. Still, the soundtrack to his directorial debut is classic, restrained RZA, as [...]

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“Since Breaking Dawn is the final installment of the Twilight Saga, it’s fitting that the film’s soundtrack is dominated by ballads that feel like a long goodbye to Bella, Edward, and Jacob….While Breaking Dawn isn’t one of the more dynamic Twilight Saga soundtracks, it is one of the more emotive ones, and just may help [...]

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Hugo: The Original Score

“Director Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, adapted from the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, presents composer Howard Shore, working on his sixth Scorsese film, with distinct requirements that he fulfills ably. The story is set in 1930s Paris, and it is concerned with magical and childlike elements, also taking in the early days [...]

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“The Artist is French composer Ludovic Bource’s official soundtrack to the Palme d’Or-nominated black-and-white silent movie based on a 1920s film star’s relationship with an extra.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“In “Captain Haddock Takes the Oars,” a cue from composer John Williams’ score for director Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, a low horn plays a light mystery theme reminiscent of the music for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Much of the score consists of program music intended to underlie action and suspense while [...]

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Between the World Wars, America was on a wild roller coaster ride. After peace was declared in 1918, the country soared to giddy heights in the Roaring ’20s, crashed deep into the Depression, climbed the long hill back to prosperity—and then found itself once again at war. The stresses created a new and altered nation, [...]

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“An enchanting piece of work, Downton Abbey is one of those soundtracks that perfectly complements its source material, but is also strong enough to stand alone on its own merit, too.” – Check Our Catalog

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“The musical Godspell first opened in New York in a tiny off-off-Broadway theater in Greenwich Village in 1971 before moving to a slightly larger off-Broadway house on the Upper West Side and, eventually, onto Broadway itself; a movie version was released in 1973. This two-CD set packages the original cast and original soundtrack albums together [...]

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“The Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2011 Broadway revival of Anything Goes offers a fresh take on Cole Porter”s 1934 hit musical while keeping close to the freewheeling spirit of the original. The production was a huge success, winning Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical and for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a [...]

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“You know those dads who are such music freaks that they teach their children everything about Dylan, say, or the Ramones, and then flip out when the kids go over to Ke$ha? Sure you do. “The Music Never Stopped’’ is about how one of those dads gets his comeuppance and realizes how lucky he is.” [...]

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“The cast continues to grow, with Chord Overstreet (Sam) singing two Justin Bieber tunes and Darren Criss (Blaine) steering the Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” into Euro-dance territory. Gwyneth Paltrow (substitute teacher Hollie Holiday), who helped Glee score a Top 20 hit with Cee Lo’s “Forget You” in late 2010, makes three cameo appearances [...]

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“Heather Morris (Brittany) steps out from behind her ditzy cheerleader façade to perform a pair of Britney Spears songs, and it’s nice to see another member of the supporting cast enjoy a much-deserved turn in the spotlight. The album’s true highlight, though, is an a cappella version of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” performed by Criss [...]

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