Nathan Larson, |
Nathan Larson, the creator of soundtracks for emotionally driven films like Boys Don't Cry, Prozac Nation and Dirty Pretty Things, has a facility for supporting a movie without overwhelming it. His understated, atmospheric compositions help guide the viewer's emotions without forcing them. His best work -- like "Tigerland," from the movie of the same name, or "Rape & a Burning Polaroid," from Boys Don't Cry -- blends seamlessly with the films, becoming as integral, and invisible, as the background sets. It's a rare and valuable trait for a soundtrack composer.
Unfortunately, it's not a useful trait on an audio CD. The 22 tracks here showcase Larson at his best: understated but emotional, evocative with manipulation. But without the movies the tracks are designed for, they soon fade into background music. It is very good background music, and adds a definite note of romance to the day. But the same unobtrusive quality that makes Larson's soundtracks such an essential part of the movies they strengthen makes them a poor standalone CD.
Fans of the movies may find these tracks bring back a favorite moment or emotion. Even at that, Filmmusik is best heard with a movie.
by Sarah Meador