Flying Saucer Attack

Flying Saucer Attack

1994

Alternative/Indie Rock

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UK ambient rock project Flying Saucer Attack branished themselves "rural psychedelia" on their first full length. The album's glowing, pastoral drones and waves of deeply buried organic instrumentation make good on this description, stretching out expansively as the songs slowly evolve. The unexpectedly faithful Suede cover shakes up the otherwise tranquil proceedings, but is a nice diversion from the rest of the album's pleasantly drowsy shoegaze excursions.

- Fred Thomas

Alan Menken

Newsies [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

1992

Original Score

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Featuring 12 original songs by Alan Menkin and a score by J.A.C. Redford, this live-action film musical based on the 1899 New York newsboy strike appeared in the Disney canon between the animated smashes Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. With Howard Ashman too ill at the time to assist, it features lyrics by Jack Feldman and a cast led by a teenaged Christian Bale. Ann-Margret also gets her own song ("My Lovey-Dovey Baby"). Though the film flopped in 1992, Menken and Redford won a Tony for Best Original Score 20 years later thanks to a hit Broadway adaptation.

- Marcy Donelson