April 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Rolfe KENT
Kate & Leopold  
  OST
  MILAN   [42:00]

Kate and Leopold

The up and coming Rolfe Kent gives us some likeable accompaniment to this time travel themed romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Hugh (Wolverine) Jackman.

Given the subject matter, this is a slightly above-average, at times inventive offering which ultimately cannot transcend the limitations of its genre. The best of what's on offer, 'Kate Goes to the Awards', a circus-like motif with a European feel and the vaguely Elfmanesque mock dramatics of' 'I Want Him Resplendent' suggest a colourful, somewhat quirky sensibility that encourages interest. Despite this, much of the more subdued, romantic material, personified by tracks like '"Dearest Kate…"' and 'Charles Wins Patrice, Leopold Wins Kate' are merely adequate, although there is admittedly brighter fare to be found on 'A Clock in New York', and 'Let's Go!', a jazzy, bluesy cue, reminiscent in some ways of 60s spy music from the likes of Shifrin or Goldsmith. Add to this a couple of songs, one sung by the ever popular Sting and you have a solid enough package.

An engaging concoction of musical styles, dictated to some extent by the time travelling element in the story, although the effect is achieved with far more subtlety than might be expected. Not without a certain amount of charm.

Mark Hockley

***

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