James Newton Howard

I Am Legend [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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When what you want is a big-themed, dark-toned, frightening, and heroic film score, what you want is a score by James Newton Howard. Perhaps best known for his scores to M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense, Signs, and The Village as well Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of King Kong, Newton Howard's music is supremely effective as an accompaniment to what's on the screen, and even occasionally effective as music on its own. In his score for the 2007 remake of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, Newton Howard's music evokes and enhances the film's terror and loneliness as well as its central character's ultimate sacrifice with tremendous success. But, more than that, in some cues Newton Howard's score does stand on its own as music, creating the same emotional effects as the film but without needing the film to explain them. The aching tone of the Epilogue, for instance, combined with distinctive harmonies, conjures a tangible sense of stoic heroism. Produced by the composer and Jim Weidman, the score is here performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony and the Hollywood Film Chorale.

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