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Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Music by Aaron Zigman
35 Tracks 43:23 mins

As promised, here is my take on the other Aaron Zigman score to have come my way.
A.T.L. was released by Warner Bros. in the States on March 31 and is a coming of age story concerning four teens in a working class Atlanta neighbourhood. The film stars rapper TI, is directed by music video director Chris Robinson, and is loosely based on the life of TLC's Tionne Watkins and hip-hop producer Dallas Austin.
Zigman's score is a mix of electronics and live musicians - at times bluesy, at others beat-driven, sometimes in the modern vein, at others with a more '70s feel. The sentiment is handled by a mix of keyboards, woodwinds, strings and synths, the latter providing one or two ethereal moments. It is indeed a varied and interesting score - why, there's even a brief big band swing cue, some quite catchy, light-hearted moments for plucked strings, and just a suggestion of tragedy.
As with Akeelah and the Bee, many of the cues are indeed quite brief, making way, I imagine, for plenty of Hip-hop numbers. Again, I'm afraid there is no news of a CD release for the score as yet.


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