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Album · · 19 Songs. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free. Nov 13, All 29 songs in Meet Joe Black (), with scene descriptions. Listen to trailer music, OST, original score, and the full list of popular songs in. Dec 11, Avoid it if you want to believe the hype that Meet Joe Black is that rare, truly heartfelt and consistent romance score from Newman.
Meet Joe Black is a trademark Thomas Newman score through and through, saturated with the techniques and mannerisms that have made him a collector's favorite in his more traditional orchestral side. There are essentially three parts of the Meet Joe Black score, two of which readily listenable and one that constantly pulls down the overall product.
The highlight is obviously the wholesale offering of grand string romance, reaching its glorious crescendos of string harmony and bold brass counterpoint in the final two score cues.
Filmtracks: Meet Joe Black (Thomas Newman)
The sex scene of "Whisper of a Thrill" is a lengthy development of this theme that also includes the more mystical, percussion-tingling element of Death's persona that Newman explores a few times in the work including the eerie "Served Its Purpose".
While the grand finale in "The Next Place" is a show-stopper, it suffers from a prolonged paying time that resorts to the doldrums of the atmospheric side of the score. Given the length of the film, it's no surprise that most of the cues from Newman are far less memorable atmospheric meanderings for woodwind, piano, and whispering strings.
Lengthy passages of barely audible underscore are pleasantly rendered, but hardly interesting, especially compared to the swinging interludes of comedy. The faster rhythms of the light-hearted cues in Meet Joe Black are arguably Newman doing what he does best.
Meet Joe Black Soundtrack ()
Cues like "Fifth Ave. There's an intangible element of enjoyment that shines in Newman's music when he combines his traditional and plucked strings in such jaunty fashion, and the personality of these short bursts of energy in Meet Joe Black attempt to steal your attention. The album suffers to some degree by its arrangement of a few classic songs amongst the score; their instrumental renditions eventually lead to a performance of "What a Wonderful World" that most unfortunately breaks up Newman's two strong dramatic cues at the end of the album.Meet Joe Black Soundtrack (That Next Place)
Overall, Newman provides all the right crescendos and themes at the correct times, but the score suffers from the same prolonged and largely hushed development that doomed the film. A lack of warmth in the orchestra's performance, harmed by a relatively dull recording quality the opposite of The Shawshank Redemption's sharpnesscause Meet Joe Black to lack a genuine sense of romance necessary for it to thrive. I would not say that the music is as consistent as some of Newman's past scores, but it is stirring.
In addition to having some dark undertones, it is laced periodically with an almost mythical and magical feel. The main theme contains full tones that lay a grounding for the characters' emotions. This creates a unique feel because the music wanders between the ethereal, the dark, and the earthy.
This provides a nice thematic link to the film's philosophical journey between life, death, and the afterlife. I would recommend the score to someone who is in the mood for a deeply romantic piece.
At the end of the day, that's what this score is. Romantic in all the classical senses: Newman has put together a somewhat eclectic piece, but one which I definitely enjoyed.
But then, I'm a hopeless romantic. For all you other hopeless romantics out there, especially those who appreciate a sense of doomed lovethis one's for you. It's the kind of score that will put you in an introspective mood. While you're driving, the falling autumn leaves will feel epic, and when you're sitting at home, your heart will pick up a special intensity.