Thomas Newman

Jarhead [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger

Composer Thomas Newman has carved out a niche for himself with atmospheric scores that blend the traditional with cutting-edge technology, so it comes as no surprise that his work on director Sam Mendes' Gulf War drama Jarhead radiates with the kinetic energy of battle while mirroring its emotional complexities with regional instrumentation and thoughtful cues that reflect the human side of war. That said, Newman has chosen to orchestrate Desert Storm with a baton that's been dipped in Mendes' signature black humor, referencing techno, worldbeat, and even hip-hop within the confines of a traditional action score. Mendes, who along with Kathy Nelson executive produced the soundtrack, works contemporary pieces in by everyone from Bobby McFerrin ("Don't Worry Be Happy") to Public Enemy ("Fight the Power") with both a wink and a jibe, resulting in one of the more visceral collections of film music since the Dust Brothers' work on David Fincher's Fight Club.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Jarhead, film score
1 Thomas Newman 01:25 Amazon
2 Thomas Newman 02:18 Amazon
3 Thomas Newman 01:14 Amazon
4 Thomas Newman 01:33 Amazon
5 Thomas Newman 04:50 Amazon
Jarhead, film score
6 Thomas Newman 01:03 Amazon
7 Thomas Newman 01:32 Amazon
8 Thomas Newman 02:01 Amazon
9 Thomas Newman 01:27 Amazon
10 Thomas Newman 01:32 Amazon
11 Thomas Newman feat: T. Rex 04:26 Amazon
Jarhead, film score
12 Thomas Newman 01:54 Amazon
13 Thomas Newman 01:44 Amazon
14 Thomas Newman 02:17 Amazon
15 Thomas Newman 01:30 Amazon
16 Thomas Newman 02:15 Amazon
17 Thomas Newman 01:28 Amazon
18 Thomas Newman feat: Naughty by Nature 04:30
Jarhead, film score
19 Thomas Newman 03:35 Amazon
20 Thomas Newman 04:54 Amazon
21 Thomas Newman 02:05 Amazon
22 Thomas Newman 03:00 Amazon
23 Thomas Newman 01:42 Amazon
24 Thomas Newman feat: Public Enemy 03:48 Amazon
25 Thomas Newman feat: Tom Waits 03:18 Amazon
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