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Editors’ Notes

In 2001, veteran composer and pianist Thomas Newman won a GRAMMY Award for the music he wrote for American Beauty, a drama directed by Sam Mendes. Newman and Mendes went on to team up for Road to Perdition, Jarhead, and an adaptation of the Richard Yates novel, Revolutionary Road. The film’s score is centered on piano and strings, but guitar, flute, and percussion also appear. The opening track, “Route 12,” introduces the main theme on piano, as yearning strings surge above. On “The Bright Young Man” an eerie keyboard part is gently propelled by subtle percussion. “Unrealistic” starts off with a tense bed of strings before the piano joins in with the central theme, while the brief “Simple Clean Lines” features the string section handling that musical figure. The album’s longest cut, the meditative “April,” finds Newman successfully developing his musical material over a longer stretch of time as flute and other quiet elements add color to the moody track. The album also includes The Ink Spots performing their 1946 hit, “Gypsy,” as well as a couple of doo-wop classics: The Ravens’ “Count Every Star” and The Orioles’ “Crying In the Chapel.”

Customer Reviews

As Tragic as the story

The score truly captures the beauty and tragedy that is in Revolutionary gives me goosebumps when I picture the movie and the story while I listen to the score. Another great one by Newman. The movie is very well done as well.

Song from the trailer.... Nina Simone's version of "Wild Is the Wind." I had to search online for awhile and wanted to let those who loved the song as much as me know! I hate when they use a song on the previews and don't include it on the soundtrack!

Thomas Newman, Brings a great American sound to this picture.

I love soundtracks, and even though Newman is not my all time favorite composer but his music, more than almost any composer, is so easy a pleasant to listen too. Revolutionary Road score brings a good sense of America initiative to the film about two people dealing with every day cookie cutter lives. I have not seen the film, nor do I necessarily intend to, but I get a good sense of the film through what Newman has done. You can hear the sense of saddness that this couple has with their lives but Newman has a way to inject empathy in his music to help feel with the characters. This score reminded me of The Green Mile and Road to Perdition and recommend it for any Newman fan.


Born: October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Soundtrack

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

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...
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  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Classical, Original Score
  • Released: Dec 23, 2008

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