27 Songs, 47 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
31 Ratings
31 Ratings

brainfood for codemonkeys

i need music that sits in the background to kill the silence while i work, but that can't distract me. soundtracks usually do the trick. this one = a winner. 5 stars. 6 if i could.



I'm still waiting for him to do another really lush pastoral score like his mid-90s and early 2000s work. I'm beginning to think that might not happen. This score is very nice, although it strikes me as quite similar to his last few (Adjustment Bureau especially). He has a lot of cool percussive things going on as usual, not only with percussion instruments but with the way he uses guitar and piano. It makes for a unique sound and vibe. It just depends on what you're looking for. If like me, you're looking for that rich lush piano and strings sound, you won't find a lot of it here (the last few cues are nice though). I would instead check out his older scores like Meet Joe Black, Shawshank Redemption, Angels in America, and Revolutionary Road. Also, there are a few composers like Rachel Portman (who is well established) as well as lesser known names like Josh Kramer (highly recommend his Rebirth album) who I would look into. Panu Aaltio's "Home of Dark Butterflies" is another good one. Oh, and lastly, I like the classic oboe sound that he used to employ better than this new one that he has here. You simply cannot beat the sound from Angels in America and Six Feet Under. Those were the golden days.



Just came back from seeing The Judge and I ran to see if the movie score was on soundtrack. Such beautiful sounds and matched the movie perfectly. Excellent job Mr. Newman.

About Thomas Newman

A second-generation member of Hollywood's preeminent musical dynasty, composer Thomas Newman carried on his family's legacy through a series of Academy Award-nominated film scores. He was born in Los Angeles on October 20, 1955, the son of Alfred Newman and the nephew of Lionel and Emil Newman, all three renowned composers and conductors from Hollywood's golden age. (Thomas' brother David also followed in the family business, as did their cousin, the sardonic singer/songwriter Randy Newman). Thomas studied piano and violin as a child, following a two-year stay at the University of Southern California by earning a Master's degree in music from Yale. Although his early musical theater project Three Mean Fairy Tales was championed by Stephen Sondheim, Newman spent the better part of the late '70s playing keyboards in the rock band the Innocents and the improvisational combo Tokyo 77. In 1983, he broke into the film industry by orchestrating a John Williams cue from Return of the Jedi, composing his first full score, Reckless, the following year.

Newman's ethnic-inspired score to the 1985 Madonna vehicle Desperately Seeking Susan proved his breakthrough, and he further honed his distinctive electro-orchestral approach on subsequent projects including 1987's The Lost Boys and Less Than Zero. Films including Fried Green Tomatoes, The Rapture, and Scent of a Woman followed before Newman earned a pair of Oscar nominations in 1994 for his work on The Shawshank Redemption and Little Women; a year later, he received another nomination for Unstrung Heroes. Newman's fourth Oscar bid arrived with 1999's American Beauty. Released by DreamWorks, the soundtrack album went on to win a Grammy Award for best score. Newman received further Academy Award nominations in successive years for his work on Road to Perdition (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004). He won another two Grammys for his theme for the television series Six Feet Under, best instrumental composition and best instrumental arrangement. His eighth Oscar nomination came with The Good German (2006), which was followed by nominations for WALL-E (2008), Skyfall (2012), and Saving Mr. Banks (2013). Meanwhile, he won two more Grammys for WALL-E and Skyfall.

Newman continued in kind with notable scores for other critically acclaimed films, including the documentary He Named Me Malala, Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, and another James Bond installment, Spectre, all in 2015. The composer then returned to Disney Pixar for the highly anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo, 2016's Finding Dory. That same year, he provided music for the space drama Passengers, which earned him his 14th Oscar nomination. He next supplied the score for director Stephen Frears' 2017 film Victoria & Abdul. ~ Jason Ankeny & William Ruhlmann

Los Angeles, CA
October 20, 1955



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