She Hate Me

She Hate Me

by Terence Blanchard

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She Hate Me

Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard's collaboration continues with Blanchard's score for Lee's romantic comedy She Hate Me. The film, which explores the complexities in the life of a recently fired biotech executive turned sperm-donor for lesbians -- who is also being framed for financial misdoings at his former company -- is a far cry from your standard rom-com fare, and Blanchard's score is very different than a typical soundtrack for a romantic comedy. Driven by piano and brass with some tasteful flourishes of strings, woodwinds, and guitars, Blanchard's pieces are by and large long and meditative instead of short and attention-getting. "She Hate Me" itself proceeds at a mellow pace, taking its time in fleshing out its laid-back motifs. Many of the other pieces are downright brooding, such as the darkly beautiful "Alex & Fatima," "Have You Met Lorna?," "You Are Frank Wills," and "Will o' the Wisp." However, Blanchard does include some tracks that nod to more typical comedy score fare: the painfully named "Snip" is appropriately bleak and whimsical, while "Bonin'" begins with some mischievous pizzicato strings. The lushness of many of the tracks borders on smooth jazz, although pieces like "Mafia" and "Dos Sperm," which has a droll start-and-stop rhythm, never become quite that predictable. Overall, She Hate Me may not be as challenging as Blanchard's other scores for Lee's films or his regular work (and the inclusion of Raul Midon's urban ballad "Adam 'n Eve 'n Eve" underscores the soundtrack's latent mainstream tendencies), but that's in relative terms. In its own right, the album is still an intriguing soundtrack, and works as pretty background music outside of its filmic context -- even if that isn't exactly what Lee and Blanchard intended for it.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Warner Spec. MKT. Uk
UPC: 3259130170283
catalogNumber: 3017028

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terence Blanchard   Primary Artist
Steven Wright   Viola
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Pete Beachill   Tenor Trombone
Caroline Dale   Celli
Liz Edwards   Violin
David Emanuel   Violin
Andy Findon   Flute,Alto Flute
Robin Firman   Celli
Simon Gardner   Trumpet
Rusen Gunes   Viola
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet
Hugh Webb   Harp
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Tim Amhurst   Bass
Steve McManus   Bass
Gillian Thoday   Celli
Ben Chappell   Celli
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Clare Thompson   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
John Parricelli   Acoustic Guitar
David Daniels [cello]   Celli
Stephen Henderson   Percussion
Paul Clarvis   Percussion
Cathy Giles   Celli
David Juritz   Violin
Donald McVay   Viola
Edward Vanderspar   Viola
Michael McMenemy   Violin
Richard Watkins   French Horn
Liz Watson   Viola
Lorraine McAslan   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Andy Wood   Bass Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Simon Fischer   Violin
Stacey Watton   Bass
Gustav Clarkson   Viola
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Christopher Clad   Violin
Zoe Lake   Viola
Patrick Lannigan   Bass
John Anderson   Oboe
Morven Bryce   Violin
Laurence Davies   French Horn
Matthew Hunt   Clarinet
Beatrix Lovejoy   Violin
Ruth McDowell   Bass Clarinet
Jim Anderson   Tuba
Chris Baron   Percussion
Nicholas Rodwell   Clarinet
Peter Hanson   Violin

Technical Credits

Terence Blanchard   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Score
Emmanuel Chamboredon   Executive Producer
Spike Lee   Executive Producer
Patrick Russ   Composer
Ian P. Hierons   Executive Producer

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