Milan Records (73138-35982-2)
Release Date: 2002
Conducted by William Stromberg
|1.||A Clock in New York||1:25|
|2.||I Want Him Resplendent||1:25|
|3.||Leopold Chases Stuart to Brooklyn||1:54|
|4.||That Was Your Best?||1:17|
|6.||Leopold Sees the completed Bridge||0:48|
|7.||"You Did So Great" (Kate's Theme)||1:18|
|10.||Prolixin / Leopold & Charlie Buy Flowers||2:20|
|11.||Charlie Wins Patrice, Leopold Wins Kate||3:41|
|13.||Time for Bed||2:14|
|14.||Charlie Realizes Leopold Was For Real - 1876||1:31|
|15.||Kate Goes to the Awards||2:24|
|16.||Kate Sees the Pictures - "I Have to Go"||2:53|
|17.||"You Have to Cross the Girder"||1:51|
|18.||Back in 1876 - Waltz||2:11|
|19.||"Back Where I Belong" - Jula Bell||2:49|
|20.||"Until..." - Sting||3:03|
|Total Album Time:||41:41|
|by Glenn McClanan
on August 30th, 2003
Kate & Leopold is a whimsical romantic comedy starring the attractive Meg Ryan and the exceptional Hugh Jackman which is most striking in how un-striking it is. Similarly, the music is nice and pleasant, but almost completely uninspired. The film tells the story of a disenchanted dilettante who accidentally follows a time traveler from 1876 New York to present-day New York. The young American noble, played by Jackman, falls in love with the traveler (Live Schreiber)'s former girlfriend and neighbor, Meg Ryan. This is a sweet, light story that is certainly enjoyable enough, but never exceptional. As a romance, it is simple and inoffensive, but as a story, it feels like everything is glossed over. You get just enough information to tell a semblance of a story, but nothing more - and in so doing, it becomes unsatisfying. We soon can predict every turn the story takes, and the end seems completely like a foregone conclusion.
In the same way, the soundtrack is a completely enjoyable score that lacks any real personality. The score's composer Rolfe Kent is no slouch, and each piece is well-crafted and sets a good tone of both whimsy and intrigue. Moreover, he evokes a period feel while still keeping the music intriguing to a modern audience. In addition, to the score, the soundtrack includes the Oscar-nominated song "Until", performed by Sting, which adds a nice light touch.
That being said, nothing about the music is overly unique or memorable. You don't come away from it humming the Kate & Leopold theme. To be fair, Kent is clearly limited by the film. Every step of the way, the filmmakers play it safe, so for him to go out on a limb would seem incongruous. Having said that, he could have added some stronger, more unique emotional threads that would make the overall film have more weight than a feather. Also, Sting's piece is definitely phoned in - it has none of the flare or style that we associate with the rock icon.
Basically, the only folks who will like this soundtrack are die-hard fans of the movie who want to re-live the film, even though the music is not terribly evocative. Otherwise, save your $15 for something a little less vanilla and a little more fun and interesting.
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Released: December 25, 2010