Charlie Mole's score for Oliver Parker's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband captures the tone of the film, alternately breezy, romantic and melodramatic. The only problem with the soundtrack is the presence of dialogue snippets from the film. Although this practice is common on pop soundtracks, it's not often used on straight score records, and this is the reason why -- it distracts from the work as a whole. On a pop record, it can fit into the rhythm of things, since it's meant to be heard as pieces, but here, it breaks things up too much. Nevertheless, Mole's work is strong enough to make the album entertaining for fans of the film.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
feat: Olive Simpson