James Horner,
A Beautiful Mind
(Universal Classics, 2001)

A Beautiful Mind is more than just a pretty face. It's got charisma, grace, personality and a great pedigree, too!

The beautiful mind behind A Beautiful Mind is Britain's James Horner -- renowned for such outstanding, award-winning movie soundtracks as Braveheart, Titanic, Legends of the Fall, Swing Kids, An American Tale and more!

Featuring outstanding instrumentals, as well as "All Love Can Be," a selection with lyrics by Will Jennings and vocals by Welsh singer Charlotte Church, this disc isn't only beautiful in mind, but in sentiment, style and voice.

As with many of James Horner's orchestral creations, one may find faint hints of previous compositions (i.e., in Titanic, one could sense the influence of Braveheart). In A Beautiful Mind, one may recall bits of Titanic, Braveheart and An American Tale. Yet, A Beautiful Mind is very much its own being, and unforgettable at that.

A Beautiful Mind is a stroke of pure genius, but not with an I.Q. that can't be appreciated by the common mind. It's not hard to fall in love with this music, but it's hard not to let it play over and over again. This is one soundtrack where your heart and your mind will agree.

[ by Lynne Remick ]
Rambles: 18 May 2002

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