Soundtrack

Towelhead

Composed By: Thomas Newman

Produced by: Lakeshore Records


Reviewed by Melissa Minners
 

            Based on the novel of the same name by Alicia Erian, Towelhead is about a young girlís search for love and acceptance.  Jasira (Summer Bishil) is an Arab-American girl sent to live with her strict Lebanese father (Peter Macdissi) in Houston, Texas during the first Gulf War. Jasira struggles with a father whose old-fashioned lifestyle is fraught with rules and regulations that stifle her spirit, and the world outside in which she is seen as an outcast and an enemy.  A growing teenager searching for a little attention and a great deal of love, she focuses on her neighbor, a bigoted army reservist (Aaron Eckhart) with a striking appearance.

            The soundtrack of Towelhead is composed by Thomas Newman, an award winning composer for whom musical composition is a family business.  Father Alfred, Uncle Lionel, Brother David, and Cousins Joey and Randy have all scored music at one time or another.  Some of Thomas Newmanís works include the musical scores of Fried Green Tomatoes, Wall-E, Cinderella Man, Jarhead, The Shawshank Redemption, The Good German, American Beauty, Finding Nemo and more.  Having been a fan of Thomas Newmanís compositions, I couldnít wait to hear the soundtrack he composed for Towelhead.

            From the very first track, I was hooked.  The song, Nothing is Private, is only forty seconds long, but the percussion contains such an exotic and exciting flare, I couldnít wait to hear the rest of the album.  Happily, that same blast of percussion can be found as part of the fifth track, Rifat Maroun.  The entire soundtrack contains a very ethnic sound, Newman employing instruments indigenous to the Middle East Ė cymbals, woodwinds and string instruments combined with percussion.  Thomas Newman has perfectly captured the cultural feelings of the main character of the movie through his musical composition for the film.

            The Towelhead Soundtrack is very short compared to most motion picture scores.  At a sparse fifteen minutes, this may have been the shortest soundtrack I have ever listened to.  After finishing the eighth and final track of the album, I found myself wanting more.  Itís not that the musical score is lacking in anything; itís simply that it is so beautiful and enjoyable that I didnít want it to end.  At present time, this soundtrack is only available as a musical download via iTunes, Amazon, and various other music websites.  In my opinion, Thomas Newman is one of the leading composers of our time.  He has never been one to disappoint his musical score for Towelhead proves that point.  Take it from me, the Towelhead Soundtrack is worth taking a listen to.  Any true connoisseur of music will love listening to the music composed by Thomas Newman for the film.

 

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