February 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Life As A House  
  Varese Sarabande VSD-6297   [41:45]

Life as a House

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.

Paul Tonks


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