The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
I enjoyed the film (look, it’s good not great, it’s got problems, is a bit long, is missing some actual bite but has a tender, surprising performance from Adam Sandler and has some astutely drawn observations around prickly, selfish characters). I don’t know if it’s Woody Allen-lite or some such, but close enough. Maybe one of its biggest problems was that it’s ultimately a bit Noah Baumbach-lite. But hey, you can do a lot worse. And maybe he will too one day.
But I did love the soundtrack and have continued to.
It’s a slight affair – just 26 mintues, some of the cues existing for just seconds, but if you’re a Randy Newman fan there’s something enchanting about hearing this all-instrumental, solo piano set of works; a sketchbook come to life.
You can even hear in some of the cues (The Chase) parts of ideas Newman has used more than once in his solo albums, his songs. The lurching stride of At The Museum and Walking To The Restaurant are musical setups that have been full song intros previously, here they’re whimsical moods; little teases.
There’s some poetic beauty in the music (The Whitney), a stateliness and calm.
And if you’ve never been a fan of Randy Newman’s voice – well, here’s the best Randy Newman album you’ll ever hear. Right?
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