Original Soundtrack

Towelhead

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Available only as a download, Thomas Newman's soundtrack music for Towelhead consists of eight tracks with a running time of only 14 minutes. The film is based on Alicia Erian's novel about the coming of age of a Lebanese teenager who goes to live with her father in Houston, TX. It marks the directorial debut of Alan Ball, a screen and television writer with a taste for the oddities of American suburban life (American Beauty and the TV series Six Feet Under, both of which Newman also scored). Naturally, Newman turns to Middle Eastern styles and instruments for his music. But he also manages to express his characteristic fondness for odd, minor-key melodies set against striking rhythmic patterns. This is a score in miniature that responds to the story and to the composer's strengths.

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