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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone John Williams (Warner Sunset) Williams reprises the lite-magic feel of E.T. in a score that, unlike his haunting work for A.I., is both familiar and forgettable.
Vanilla Sky Paul McCartney, R.E.M. et al
(Reprise) Director Cameron Crowe usually garlands his films—Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous—with great songs, but this time obscure soft-rock tunes, a few classics and the new title track by McCartney bump uneasily against dour electronica by Radiohead and Sigur Rós.
Ali R. Kelly, Alicia Keys et al (Interscope) New-school R&B gets a tutorial; on tunes written for the film, Kelly is too pretty, while senior professors of the classics (Aretha Franklin on "Ain't No Way" and Al Green on "A Change Is Gonna Come") give lessons. But Keys shines on "Fight."
Ocean's Eleven David Holmes, Percy Faith et al(Warner Sunset) Snippets of wiseguy dialogue mingle with funky-jazzy '60s sounds (some as old as Granddad's Vegas stories, some new from deejay David Holmes). This calls for shaking your martini if not your booty.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Howard Shore and Enya (Reprise)
Shore's medieval-sounding compositions—demonic chants reminiscent of Jerry Goldsmith's score for The Omen—are complemented by two new tracks with vocals from that otherworldly fox Enya.