Thomas Newman's Fried Green Tomatoes balances precariously between lyricism and melodrama--a deeply personal symphonic score textured by the bluesy rhythms of the film's Depression-era Alabama setting, its creativity tempers its tendencies towards sentimentality. Its strong melodies and bold arrangements notwithstanding, what truly separates Fried Green Tomatoes is Newman's skillful implementation of Southern accents--for all its orchestral pomp and pageantry, the music bathes in the dust, heat and grime of post-reconstruction Dixieana, complete with slide guitar, barrelhouse piano and the intensely soulful vocals of gospel great Marion Williams.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny
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