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Sunday, January 14, 2007

CD REVIEW - Running With Scissors

Running With Scissors
Music by Various Artists
EMI 09463-71841-2-7 (EU)
13 Tracks 52:40 mins

Sony release Running With Scissors on 19th January in the U.K., a film based on the best selling memor by Augusten Burroughs, and directed by the Nip/Tuck TV show creator Ryan Murphy. Murphy has assembled quite an ensemble cast, including Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood and Jill Clayburgh.
Already on release is the soundtrack album, which actually only features one score track by James S. Levine, whose music I am only really familiar with from the Directors Cuts library music CDs. The track "A Great Ocean Liner" is quite brief and is something of a sad, piano-lead piece.
The remainder of the disc is made up of mostly minor classics like Manfred Mann's Earth Band's "Blinded By The Light," 10cc's "The Things We Do For Love," Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets," and "Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills & Nash; but there are a couple of numbers from Nat King Cole, including the major classic "Stardust." The Vince Guaraldi Trio provide an unusual, jazz version of "O Tannenbaum, and there are a couple of songs I was previously unfamiliar with, "Mr. Blue" by Catherine Feeny and Al Stewart's "Year of the Cat," which I shall be giving another spin. Overall, a nice, undemanding listen.


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