September 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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RECOMMENDED September 2002

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John OTTMAN
Pumpkin  
  OST
  CITADEL STC 77133   [46:38]

BUYSOUNDTRAX

The most important piece of information one needs to know in appreciating Ottman's score, is that the director wanted something that "didn't fit quite right." Knowing that, the effect begins to make sense! Stylistically, there are clashes in abundance. This is representative of the curious attraction between Carolyn (Christina Ricci) and a retarded boy named Pumpkin.

"Lofty Goals" throws everything into the pot from the start, with a breathy female solo (vaguely reminiscent of Rosemary's Baby) and a backing that transforms from lullaby to a proud and pompous march of sorts. Harpsichord, harp and all manner of surprise spotlights follow throughout the score, ending on a truncated reprise of the opening track.

Ottman wrote this in a ridiculously short period of time, which has to beg the question about inspiration under pressure! Kooky without being completely inaccessible, this is another terrific showcase for his unpredictably versatile talent.

Paul Tonks

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