The Cooler

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Mark Isham's elegant score for first time director Wayne Kramer's The Cooler is an atmospheric tour de force that revels in the sensual, sadistic, energy of Las Vegas. His understanding of Sin City nostalgia is evident on the title track, a sweeping collage that incorporates the brass-kitsch of Bacharach, moody string sections reminiscent of early Scott Walker, and bursts of bawdy excess that radiate with showgirl finesse. The beautiful "Shangri-La" introduces a spooky, wistful trumpet motif that sneaks its way into other pieces like a marked card, and captures the loneliness and uncertainty inherent in William H. Macy's sympathetic performance as an unlucky ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Mark Isham's elegant score for first time director Wayne Kramer's The Cooler is an atmospheric tour de force that revels in the sensual, sadistic, energy of Las Vegas. His understanding of Sin City nostalgia is evident on the title track, a sweeping collage that incorporates the brass-kitsch of Bacharach, moody string sections reminiscent of early Scott Walker, and bursts of bawdy excess that radiate with showgirl finesse. The beautiful "Shangri-La" introduces a spooky, wistful trumpet motif that sneaks its way into other pieces like a marked card, and captures the loneliness and uncertainty inherent in William H. Macy's sympathetic performance as an unlucky better whom the casino inserts into tables of high-rollers to cool their good fortune. Cast members contribute their own versions of standards with mixed results. Paul Sorvino's version of "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me" works in the context of the film, but as a singular listening experience falls awfully short of spectacular, and *NSYNC crooner Joey Fatone warbles tunelessly through "Can I Steal a Little Love" like a karaoke virgin. Legit lounge lizards like Diana Krall and Tierney Sutton gracefully work through songs they've been singing since childhood, while Vegas staples Bobby Caldwell, who does Sinatra better than Sinatra on "Luck Be a Lady," and Rebecca Kyler Downs come off like employees of Pulp Fiction's netherworld eatery Jack Rabbit Slims. These slices of gambler's paradise work more like aberrations within Isham's score -- they excite, inform, and occasionally interrupt -- but they're merely the bread that surrounds the delicious filling that makes The Cooler one of the best soundtracks of 2003.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Rykodisc Uk
  • UPC: 014431606021
  • Catalog Number: 6060
  • Sales rank: 358,160

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Cooler (4:07)
  2. 2 Better Life Motel/Tables on Fire (2:52)
  3. 3 Candy - Rebecca Kyler Downs (3:45)
  4. 4 You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me (2:04)
  5. 5 Shangri-La (2:17)
  6. 6 Luck Be a Lady - Bruce Caldwell (4:59)
  7. 7 Amateurs (2:44)
  8. 8 Can I Steal a Little Love (2:33)
  9. 9 Look in My Eyes (3:59)
  10. 10 I'll String Along With You (4:47)
  11. 11 Heartbroken (2:48)
  12. 12 My Funny Valentine (5:06)
  13. 13 Almost Like Being in Love - Nick D'Egidio (2:33)
  14. 14 Leaving Las Vegas (5:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Isham Primary Artist, Leader
Peter Erskine Percussion
Bob Sheppard Clarinet, Saxophone
Sid Page Violin
Paul Sorvino Track Performer
Gary Grant Trumpet
Greg Huckins Saxophone
John Leftwich Bass
Bob McChesney Trombone
Joel Peskin Saxophone
Richard Ruttenberg Keyboards
Diana Krall Track Performer
Brian Scanlon Saxophone
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Rick Babtist Trumpet
Tierney Sutton Track Performer
Bobby Caldwell Track Performer
Joey Fatone Track Performer
Nick D'Egidio Track Performer
Ramin Djawadi Percussion
Rebecca Kyler Down Track Performer
Gary L. Novack Guitar
Kenneth Kugler Trombone
Technical Credits
Mark Isham Arranger, Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Gregory Bosler Arranger
Al Dubin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Stephen Krause Engineer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Henry Grumpo Marx Producer
Richard McIntosh Engineer
Tracy McKnight Soundtrack Executive Producer
Harry Warren Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Kevin Antunes Arranger
Bobby Caldwell Producer
Phil Tuminello Composer
Billy Gottlieb Soundtrack Executive Producer
Walter Yetnikoff Soundtrack Executive Producer
Joel C. High Soundtrack Executive Producer
Pablo A. Medina Graphic Design
Wayne Kramer Liner Notes
Michael Fossenkemper Mastering
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