Thomas Newman, of which we have not heard anything from since Revolutionary Road and WallE, does not reward us for the nearly year long wait.
You will have to be amongst the fans of Jarhead/the Salton Sea/White Oleander variety to find this to be any sort of classic, or at least an album to spend your hard earned cash on.
After the first uninterrupted listen, I was left with no desire to hit repeat in my Itunes, other than to write this brief review.
Thomas Newman has turned in a somewhat freshly modern, but unfortunately tried and tested arrangement of his typical themes and chord progressions at a very 'stripped down', basic level.
There are no emotive strings or memorable melodies to be found in this score. Every cue, except for the finale, is under 3 minutes and is only allowed to momentarily peak the interest of its listener before it ends.
My personal favorites are the short but liltingly happy 'pop' tracks called Iceskating and Snowman. Everything else is so run-of-the-mill Thomas Newman, it makes it hard to recommend this album for more than mildly entertaining background music.
Better luck next time...
This one is for the hardcore fans.
Overall ScoreCrave Score: 2.5
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