Great Expectations Soundtrack Review - "The Arbiter"

Added February 10, 1998

I received the following article from Ears With Feet Brooke Butler. It is from a February 1998 issue of The Arbiter, a student newspaper at Boise State University.

Here are the Tori parts of the article:

Soundtrack leaves listeners with "Great Expectations" for the movie
by Mary Doherty.

Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow co-star in the soon-to-be-released "Great Expectations", a modern tale of a youth's passage into manhood loosely based on the Charles Dickens novel of the same title. Sound pretty steamy? The trailers for the movie look hot enough to make blood boil, and the soundtrack surely raises the heart rate to an unhealthy pace.

Beginning with the eerie lingering of Tori Amos's haunting howls over top an instrumental of flutes and whistles, Great Expectations the Album sends shivers down the spine with each track. Tori Amos claims credit for the second track, "Siren" as well as contributions to the musical score by Patrick Doyle. (summary of rest of album....)

Composer Patrick Doyle boasts several Grammy Awards as well as accomplished titles including "Much Ado About Nothing," "Chariots of Fire," and "Hamlet," to name a few. His expierence, coupled with the improvisation and creative stylings of Tori Amos, make the Great Expectations the Score another must-have for eclectic music lovers.

Amos' admiration for Doyle's work became obvious in an interview, when she admitted with a grin, "All I want to do is take a bath in Guiness with him. I mean, I just adore Patrick. He brings a whole new integrity to music and film."

Amos not only drinks a real beer (and bathes in it), she also proves herself successful in pulling together multi-layered thematic sequences together in music. A damn fine job indeed. Have another Guiness, Tori!

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