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Album Review

Canadian composer and occasional new age songsmith Mychael Danna has a way with constructive minimalism. His score for Shattered Glass, director Billy Ray's debut about the downfall of New Republic magazine journalist Stephen Glass, is an elegant triumph that resonates with a subtle blend of melancholy and whimsy. Danna deftly blends the electronic and the organic with a cool grace reminiscent of American Beauty composer Thomas Newman. For the rolling "TNR" — the thread that binds the piece — he employs a melodic string motif over a sparse stream of electronica that sounds like arranger Robert Kirby's work with '60s folk legend Nick Drake. The record is bookended by a lush theme that is just complex enough to illuminate the sweet simplicity of the pieces in between, resulting in a unique and balanced work that manages to enlighten despite its swift 23-minute playing time.


Born: 20 September 1958 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Composer/keyboardist Mychael Danna was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and showed musical talent early in life. Singing and piano lessons defined his childhood and early adolescence, but a hand injury at age 14 ended his piano career. Danna switched over to synthesizer instead and concentrated on his composing skills. After earning a degree in composition from the University of Toronto and winning the prestigious Glenn Gould Composition Award his final year there, Danna began his film scoring career,...
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