Thomas Newman – “Towelhead”

Album Reviews | By on Nov 23rd, 2008

Record Label: Lakeshore Records
Genre: Film Score
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I love Thomas Newmans scores.

His last score for Wall-E was excellent and I was looking forward to his next project. Towelhead is based on Alicia Erian’s novel of the same name. A young Arab American girl named Jasira is sent to live with her Lebanese Father down in Houston, Texas. There she discovers racism and other things. She becomes sexually obsessed/involved with an army vet, played by Aaron Eckhart. Its sort of disturbing movie from the sounds of it, since the girl is a minor. But were not here to talk about the subject of the movie are we?

The score is very short, with only 8 tracks on the album. The tracks are even short in length as well. It sounds like Newman carried over some of his computerized motifs from Wall-E and put them into Towelhead. The tracks Jazira Maroun (End Title) and Glamour Shots sound like something youd hear in Wall-E. The rest of the tracks mix middle-Eastern instruments and have a very subtle & dark sound to them. This score was very short, and Im not even sure its available for purchase or not. I believe its just on iTunes for right now? But Thomas Newman fans will like this, but not sure this is worth buying.

Bottom Line: An extremely short score but a decent one at that
Notable Tracks: Jazira Maroun, Snow Queen, Rain & Good Weather
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