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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

CD REVIEW - Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah and the Bee
Music by Aaron Zigman
21 Tracks 31:19 mins

Due for an April 28th release in the U.S., Lion's Gate's Akeelah and the Bee, is written and directed by Doug Atchison and stars Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne in an inspirational drams about an 11-year-old girl who enters spelling contests in defiance of her mother, eventually competing for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
There's no news yet of an official CD release for the score, but I have been fortunate to have the opportunity of sampling Aaron Zigman's score. The composer has in the past most famously written scores for John Q and The Notebook and this is one of several projects coming out at this time, including Antonio Banderas' Take the Lead, which is on U.K. release; and ATL, the music of which I again have been fortunate to sample - watch for my review.
The score for Akeelah and the Bee mixes urban beat-driven sounds with busy dulcimer-lead music in the style of Thomas Newman. The more sensitive and emotional moments are provided by delicate piano and strings, supplemented by synths, the score concluding with the joyous "Akeelah Wins." Many of the score cues are quite brief, which suggests that the composer may have had to share screen time with a number of placed songs, as is often regretably the case these days, but in film scoring sometimes less can be more, and could well be the case here.


Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

Just having seen the movie, I can confirm that the composer, who did great work, does have to compete for time with recorded songs .. that said, I always like to hear "Rubberband Man" by the Spinners, and this is a really good movie

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