2002 Film Music CD Reviews
Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Life As A House
Varese Sarabande VSD-6297
Something about this score seems so familiar as to be unworthy of Isham.
Solo piano is featured enough to warrant credit to player Richard Ruttenberg
on the packaging. For a lighthearted romantic slice of real life, thatís no
doubt exactly what director and producers felt would play best. Since it has
in countless other movies.
As always, the music is engaging enough from Isham. But hearing him venturing
into the territories trod by so many before him is a darn shame. It opens with
"If I Could Kiss You", which has a pleasant bouncy melody
featuring harpsichord. Sadly, the synth backing puts it up with the kooky stylistic
flourishes of Thomas Newmanís The Player or American Beauty. Following
that, the sense of déjà vu never ends.