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Film Soundtracks - Released March 10, 2017 | Parlophone UK

Thomas Napper's Jawbone is a British independent film about a former youth boxing champ who returns home in an effort to rebuild himself after hitting a personal low. It's a quasi-autobiographical effort from its lead actor Johnny Harris -- who also wrote the film and co-produced it -- and he's the guy who brought Paul Weller into the project. Weller has done a lot in his career, but he's never composed a soundtrack, so Jawbone is noteworthy for that reason alone, but it's also interesting because it doesn't follow conventional paths for soundtracks. Jawbone is a hybrid between long-form orchestrations, sculpted songs, and ambient soundscapes, a broad sonic panorama that also reflects many of Weller's strengths. The songs "The Ballad of Jimmy McCabe" and "Bottle" hail back to "English Rose," while "Jawbone" simmers to funky wah-wah rhythms and swaths of psychedelic guitars. These grab the attention -- the other three short selections are essentially incidental music, even "Jawbone Training" with its hyperactive hi-hats -- but the album's centerpiece is its opener, "Jimmy/Blackout," a 21-minute suite that builds from atmospheric electronics to a shimmering sung denouement from Weller. If "Jimmy/Blackout" drifts instead of commands attention, that's the point: like so many of the best soundtracks, it's mood music to be absorbed and felt, not heard. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Film Soundtracks - Released January 27, 2017 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released April 15, 2016 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released December 12, 2014 | Parlophone UK

French film composer Alexandre Desplat caps off a prolific 2014 season with his deeply resonant and uplifting score to Angelina Jolie's WWII drama Unbroken. The film chronicles the true story of Olympian runner Louis Zamperini, who survived a dramatic plane crash at sea and internment in several Japanese prison camps during his military service. The increasingly in-demand Desplat also scored the WWII caper The Monuments Men earlier in the year, but the tone he adopts for Unbroken is far different, relying heavily on warm, sentimental themes to accompany Zamperini's inspirational story. Playing back and forth between airy, atmospheric pieces and massive, theatrical swells, he uses far more light than darkness here and the result is a very melodic and motivational score. Heavy percussive sections accent the militaristic feeling and nimble wooden flutes accent many of the Japanese scenes. The overall feel-good tone is enhanced by the inclusion of Coldplay's slightly bland but pleasant original track "Miracles." ~ Timothy Monger
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Film Soundtracks - Released October 24, 2011 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released April 11, 2011 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 13, 2009 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released April 19, 1993 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released April 19, 1993 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 7, 1994 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 28, 2008 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released June 24, 2002 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 27, 1995 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 14, 2008 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released July 11, 2008 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released October 9, 2000 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released August 3, 2007 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released December 30, 2005 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released September 5, 2005 | Parlophone UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released November 11, 2002 | Parlophone UK