Picks and Pans Review: Spotlight On...

UPDATED 01/14/2002 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/14/2002 at 01:00 AM EST

Movie soundtracks

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.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!
  • Exclusive Royal Tour Diary

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters