Richard Hartley

A Thousand Acres [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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In an era of Hollywood scores defined by emotional bombast and sonic overkill, a work as intimate and moody as Richard Hartley's A Thousand Acres would seem to virtually demand critical praise -- and yet, in many respects it's as heavy-handed as its more conventionally blustery counterparts, going so far overboard in establishing its sensitivity and tastefulness that the end result is quite tedious. Hartley's compositions are simply too low-key for their own good. Without a strong main theme to weave in and out of the narrative, the music lacks focus and direction, caving in under the weight of its palpable melancholy. Mood dominates A Thousand Acres at the expense of melody, and while such an approach may work onscreen, as a pure listening experience there's little here to latch onto.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
A Thousand Acres, film score
1 4:58
2 1:24
3 1:11
4 1:07
5 2:16
6 2:47
7 1:28
8 2:03
9 1:05
10 3:27
11 2:36
12 0:54
13 1:16
14 0:42
15 1:54
16 2:03
17 3:24
18 3:23
19 1:59
20 4:11
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