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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Soundtrack Preview: 'Lady In The Water'

This is the fourth entry in the ongoing soundtrack preview series. This time I've got James Newton Howard's Lady In The Water, M. Night Shyamalan's swimming pool thriller. It's no secret that Howard does his best work musically enhancing Shyamalan's films, and while the movies have slowly gotten worse, Howard has never wavered.

Lady In The Water is structurally not that different than Signs. It's a slow burning build to the climax, anchored by a strong, circular theme (first heard in "Prologue" and given weight in "Charades" before exploding in "The Great Eatlon"). Howard wrote about 75 minutes of music for the film, with about 40 of those making Decca's album (in stores July 18th). Here are five thirty second clips from the score.

1. Prologue
2. Charades
3. The Blue World
4. The Healing
5. The Great Eatlon

Links: Purchase Lady In The Water / Decca Records

Previous previews: The Omen / Cars / X-Men: The Last Stand