November 1999 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

David NEWMAN Brokedown Palace   OST PROMOTIONAL DNCD –01 [39:47]

About Promotional CDs

I must say that I am perplexed to see a Newman needing a promotional album especially if it’s the David Newman, the eldest son of the great Alfred Newman. This Newman began with an early passion for conducting. (He admired Toscanini particularly.) He was inspired into following in his father’s footsteps to compose for films. His credits include: The War of the Roses, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Flintstones, The Nutty Professor and Matilda.

"Brokedown Place" refers to a hideous Thai prison where two teenagers (Clair Danes and Kate Beckinsale) are incarcerated after the authorities have caught them with drugs in their possession trying to leave the country for Hong Kong. (They were framed and used as unwitting couriers by a sly boyfriend.) The dank and horrible atmosphere of Brokedown Place is only too vividy evoked by David Newman; you can hear/feel the screechings and the crawlings of innumerable, unmentionable little horrors.

The score is inventively scored using a combination of western and ethnic instrumentation with exotic pipes and percussion prominent and piano. Newman wrings sympathetically for the girls’ plight with music that shows their fright, frailty, bewilderment and desperation. It is an often thrilling but harrowing score the few moments of high spirits such as the girls’ elation as they arrive in Thailand are welcome relief.

A good solid score


Ian Lace

We were recently sent a number of PROMOTIONAL soundtrack music CDs to review:-

Promotional Albums offer lesser celebrated film composers the opportunity to bring their work (often of good quality but unsung [if you will forgive the pun]) to the attention of prospective producers who might be interested in contracting them for film scoring assignments. Another market opportunity is for short films, trailers, commercials, and other theatre and TV projects where producers with limited budgets might be interested in buying material "off the shelf." Lastly, film music buffs who have admired the scores but hitherto have never had an opportunity of acquiring the music now have an opportunity of buying scores they have admired. For instance anybody who liked Hummie Mann's music for Mel Brook's farce, Dracula, Dead and Loving It (with Leslie Nielsen) can now buy it from specialist sellers such as

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FAX: (540) 635-8554

Specializes in soundtracks, and carries some of those scores you just won't find anywhere else.


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