Charlie Wilson's War (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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||Charlie Wilson||James Newton Howard||3:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Telex Machine||James Newton Howard||1:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Jailbait||James Newton Howard||1:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Refugee Camp||James Newton Howard||5:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It's Up to Me||James Newton Howard||2:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Belly Dancer||James Newton Howard||2:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Turning the Tide||James Newton Howard||8:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Where's It At, Charlie?||James Newton Howard||1:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Balcony||James Newton Howard||1:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Honored Colleague||James Newton Howard||5:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Like the Mike Nichols political dramedy it accompanies, James Newton Howard's score for Charlie Wilson's War journeys from the American Midwest to the Middle East and back again, juxtaposing homespun folk melodies and accents with colorfully ethnic instruments and rhythms. Howard is more effective at this kind of pan-cultural fusion than most, and his melodies sound as natural and evocative when performed on fiddle and pedal steel as they do when interpreted via wailing vocals and hand percussion — of course, the orchestral sections are also far too ponderous for their own good, as Howard once again mistakenly equates scale with dramatic impact. But even if Charlie Wilson's War succumbs to the composer's usual weaknesses, it nevertheless sends his music in promising new directions.
looking for Handel?
If you are looking for the Messiah track And He Shall Purify and are confused as to why you don't see it listed on this track listing, you'll find it about 3:10 into Turning the Tide. Very cool arrangement by Newton Howard.
Great movie buoyed by this outstanding soundtrack.
Excellent arrangement of Handel
"Turning the Tide" is one of the gems on this soundtrack. It is a very fitting track for that particular segment of the film.
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