John Williams

The Accidental Tourist [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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The Accidental Tourist remains one of John Williams' most unusual but appealing film scores. An understated and lyrical effort far, far away from more renowned works like Star Wars, it communicates melancholy with uncommon eloquence. Like Lawrence Kasdan's film, which tells the story of a divorcee (William Hurt) coming to terms with the premature death of his only child, Williams eschews heart-tugging dramatics and mawkish melodies in favor of a mature, understated approach that captures the true depths of human sorrow. Nor does Williams ignore the possibilities of redemption: the buoyant "Second Chance" (later reprised for the soundtrack's "End Credits") sharply contrasts with the darker fare it follows, but remains of a piece with the emotional weight of the score as a whole.

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