July 2004 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Gary S. Dalkin
Managing Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Laws of Attraction  
Music by Edward Shearmur
  Available on: La_la Land Records LLLCD 1019
Running Time: 41:16
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laws of attraction

Here is Edward Shearmur in lighter mood and how attractive this music is. For this romantic comedy and battle of the sexes (Julian Moore pitted against Pierce Brosnan), Sheamur has created an amiable, bouncy, laid-back score with delicious sardonic, ironic undertones.

Since much of the action takes place in Ireland there is a definite Irish lilt to the music. Shearmur uses the form freshly and appealingly, for instance poignantly and whimsically as in 'An Irish Tale' or in 'Idyll' or as the delicately romantic treatment of a well-known Irish folktune which signals 'Love at Last'. 'Chinatown' is the only cue with a hint of the ethnic but this chase-style music sounds as much Arabic as oriental.

Much of the score is unashamedly romantic especially in the closing tracks. Shearmur makes much use of the celeste to add magic, for instance, to 'A Kiss in the Rain' a cue that glistens with appealing use of pizzicato lower strings and harps before the tempo quickens and the music becomes comically bitchy as the couple score points off each other. Some of the material cleverly reminds one of playground childish jeering.

The album begins with Dana Glover rather breathily singing 'Maybe' a somewhat better vocal contribution than the norm.

A rather lovely old-fashioned romantic score delicately harmonised and deliciously orchestrated.

Ian Lace

**** 4

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