Sink of Swim
Review by Christopher Coleman
JAMES NEWTON HOWARD remains one of the few A-List composers who refuses to be pigeon-holed into a certain genre. He is able to morph his sound into music that is fits a wide range of film types from: WYATT EARP, to THE PRINCE OF TIDES, to DINOSAUR, to RESTORATION, to BATMAN BEGINS. As versatile as the composer remains, there is a distinct and consistent quality to Howard's work for Shyamalan and, at the risk of going to the well one too many times, LADY IN THE WATER continues that tradition.
As one might guess, JAMES NEWTON HOWARD has delivered a pretty solid score once again. It has been few years since this composer has even approached a "true dud." Still, with another chapter in his collaboration with the infamous director, expectations are just a little bit higher. And with that said, comes the cloud for this solid-effort's silver lining. While LADY IN THE WATER is a consistent listen from start to finish (of the actual score tracks presented), the score just never delivers anything to truly distinguish it from his other work with Shyamalan.
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