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The Bucket List (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Marc Shaiman

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Album Review

The meaning-of-life comedy The Bucket List reunites director Rob Reiner and composer Marc Shaiman for their tenth feature collaboration, but listeners dreading another serving of Shaiman's familiar sugary sentimentality will be pleased to discover that he follows a far more subtle and complex approach here. Largely eschewing lush orchestral arrangements, Shaiman instead offers spare, nuanced arrangements dominated by piano, acoustic guitar, and feather-light strings, meticulously nurturing his three main themes across a series of cues. By the time the composer finally introduces his signature trademark chord progressions and larger-than-life symphonic arrangements, it at least feels like he's earned it. The remainder of Varese Sarabande's soundtrack CD features solo piano renditions of past Shaiman themes from films including The American President, Sleepless in Seattle, and even South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

Customer Reviews

Rip-off alert

I was expecting to purchase an album that had the "original" artist songs from the movie, which were great, but instead they are all re-mixes performed by Marc Shaiman. This is a rip-off and I wouldn't purchase this. Check the song list for the movie and purchase the originals so you get what you listen to during the movie.

What happened?

This is not the songs that were in the movie I saw today. Where is the song 'Say" by John Mayer?

Brilliantly, wonderfully, gorgeously Marc Shaiman

What I really admire is how he makes it seem so effortless. People know Shaiman mostly for the musical "Hairspray" but what they don't realize is that he's better known for writing really sweet scores, like "Simon Birch" and "American President." So not only do you get a great score here, but you also get some amazing little nuggets like the "Simon Birch" theme, which is a classic. So if you like poignant music, like "Mrs. Winterbourne" by Patrick Doyle or "Home Movies" by Kerry Muzzey or just about anything by Mark Isham, you will LOVE this album. Buy it!

The Bucket List (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Marc Shaiman
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