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The Yards

The Yards

Sony Classical (SK 89442)

Release Date: 2000

Conducted by Howard Shore

Format: CD

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1. Blackout 3:00
2. Queensborough Hall 2:26
3. Sunnyside Yards 3:35
4. Leo 1:03
5. Hospital Mission 3:19
6. Money Clip 1:17
7. Hilltop Diner 2:32
8. National Electric 2:18
9. Val's Hope 1:51
10. Willie 1:46
11. He's in My Family 1:21
12. Yardmaster 1:16
13. Erica in Silhouette 1:38
14. Willing To Testify 1:30
15. The Hearing 1:03
16. Town Hall 1:31
17. Confidence in the System 0:58
18. Willie's Tears 2:49
19. Family 2:17
20. Internal Investigation 2:06
  Total Album Time: 39:36


by Dan Goldwasser
June 23, 2001
[4 / 5]

The Yards is the dramatic film about Leo Handler (Mark Wahlberg), a man who returns home from serving jail time that he got by taking the fall for his friends. Wanting to start anew, he works at his uncle's business - which turns out to be the type of thing that might just toss him back in jail. Critically acclaimed, The Yards contains a moving score by Howard Shore.

Beginning with "Blackout" (which contains excerpts from Holst's "Saturn" from "The Planets"), Shore conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a moving lyrical work. The first main theme we hear of Shore's comes in "Queensborough Hall", a Puccini-styled piece that takes advantage of a solo clarinet with soft orchestral support. The other main theme we hear in the film is classic Shore - a full orchestra full of restrained dramatic power that has its momentary flourishes, and then stretches of minimalist somber tones that could easily have been used in a Cronenberg film.

"Willie" is a rather powerful piece full of emotion and drama, and "Yardmaster" is a tense piece that builds yet never actually climaxes. The score is overall dark and solemn, but towards the end of the film, it starts to take on a slightly more upbeat tone - while still retaining the darkness. "Willie's Tears" is such an example. The last cue on the album, "Internal Investigation" is a nice cue that wraps up the score by recapping many of the themes heard in the score, ending in a triumphant finale.

This is a rather elegant score that Shore has written, and many of the cues stand as a testament to his long-standing ability to score in almost any style. Running almost 40-minutes long, The Yards is an excellent work by Shore, and definitely worth adding to your soundtrack collection.


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