Water for Elephants (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
James Newton Howard
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||Did I Miss It?||James Newton Howard||1:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Circus Sets Up||James Newton Howard||2:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Circus Fantasy||James Newton Howard||3:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Jacob Sees Marlena||James Newton Howard||5:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Button Up Your Overcoat (Excerpt)||Ruth Etting||0:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Prosze, Rosie, Daj Noge||James Newton Howard||4:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rosie||James Newton Howard||3:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Speakeasy Kiss||James Newton Howard||1:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)||James Newton Howard||1:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Barabra's Tent||James Newton Howard||1:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Jacob Returns||James Newton Howard||5:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don't Tell Him What Happened to Me||James Newton Howard||2:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Shooting Star||James Newton Howard||2:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Job Is Yours||James Newton Howard||0:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl||Bessie Smith||2:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Stomp Time Blues||Jasper Taylor & His State Street Boys||2:34||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Can See Straight Through You||James Newton Howard||6:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sanctuary||James Newton Howard||1:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Baptism / Jacob & Rosie||James Newton Howard||1:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Stampede / I'm Coming Home||James Newton Howard||8:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Appropriately nostalgic and sepia-toned, the soundtrack for the big screen adaptation of author Sara Gruen's circus-themed, Great Depression romance Water for Elephants features the work of Grammy-winning composer James Newton Howard. Peppered with Depression-era nuggets like Bessie Smith's bawdy “Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl,” Jasper Taylor & His State Street Boys' “Stomp Time Blues,” and Ruth Etting's “Button Up Your Overcoat,” Water for Elephants, much like the film and novel themselves, dutifully evoke a bygone era. Largely orchestral with flourishes of mandolin and guitar, jazz, cabaret, and vaudeville blues, Howard’s lovely and lucid score draws from the realms of fantasy, magical realism, and historical fiction while maintaining a concrete sense of place.
Far from his best work, but still a worthy score. I like Speakeasy Kiss, it has a rich sound to it. Rosie is also nice, as is Jacob Sees Marlena - has a little bit of a Thomas Newman/Alexandre Desplat feel to it. I think this is more of a selective download score rather than a full album download, but that's just me. I would recommend other albums like Josh Kramer's Only Memories, and Rachel Portman's Never Let Me Go if you like this type of music.
I have not yet seen the movie, but I have read the book. The score absolutely brings out the best in Sara Gruen's novel. I love the soft strings, it really fits Water for Elephants. Love it!
BEST SOUNDTRACK and MOVIE.
This soundtrack is filled with some of James Newton Howard's best work. The music is so moving its beautiful. The movie was EXCELLENT as well. I highly recommend seeing it. Best film of the year along with the music.
Born: June 9, 1951 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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- Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Blues, Chicago Blues, Soundtrack, Jazz, Trad Jazz, Classical
- Released: Apr 19, 2011
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