Shape Of Water O.S.T.

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Review Text Composer Alexandre Desplat's ninth Oscar-nominated film score, The Shape of Water is part suspense, romance, and whimsy befitting a fantasy-romance about a mute cleaning woman (Sally Hawkins) and a misunderstood captive of the secretive government facility where she works. Set during Cold War 1962, the original music has a sentimental mood that coexists seamlessly with licensed tracks by the likes of Glenn Miller ("I Know Why )" and Andy Williams ("A Summer Place"). The soundtrack also features Desplat at the piano with opera star Renée Fleming on the tear-stained ballad "You'll Never Know," the 1943 Academy Award winner for Best Original Song. Instrumentation that includes accordion, harp, and whistling color The Shape of Water's score, which also makes use of an orchestra, if with a restrained approach. With water featuring prominently in the film's plot and design, Desplat's woodwind section, for instance, consisted only of flutes, to better embody his idea of the sound of water. Lead character Elisa's theme is introduced with an accordion over delicate harp, flutes, and celesta that are eventually joined by strings and piano. More suspenseful passages include drums and lower-pitched instruments, with versions of arpeggiation and glissando also evoking water. Other preexisting songs incorporated into the film include Madeleine Peyroux's "La Javanaise," Carmen Miranda's "Chica Chica Boom Chic," and a 1956 version of "Babalu" by Caterina Valente and Silvio Francesco. Whether intentional or by unconscious influence, one may hear references to film composers from the era of the story's setting as well, including Mancini and Herrmann. ~ Marcy Donelson

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  1. 1. The Shape of Water - 4:44
  2. 3. The Creature - 2:48
  3. 4. Elisa's Theme - 3:37
  4. 5. Fingers - 2:10
  5. 6. Spy Meeting - 2:44
  6. 7. Elisa and Zelda - 1:11
  7. 8. Five Stars General - 2:33
  8. 9. The Silence of Love - 2:36
  9. 10. Egg - 2:14
  10. 11. That Isn't Good - 2:45
  11. 12. Underwater Kiss - 2:13
  12. 13. The Escape - 11:59
  13. 14. Watching Ruth - 2:19
  14. 15. Decency - 2:24
  15. 16. He's Coming for You - 2:40
  16. 17. Overflow of Love - 3:57
  17. 18. Without You - 3:32
  18. 19. Rainy Day - 3:14
  19. 20. A Princess Without a Voice - 2:52
  1. 2. You'll Never Know - 5:39
  2. 21. La Javanaise - 4:11
  3. 22. I Know Why (And So Do You) - 3:59
  4. 23. Chica Chica Boom Chic - 2:21
  5. 24. Babalu - 3:53
  6. 26. You'll Never Know [Alternate Version] - 7:49
  1. 25. A Summer Place - 3:37

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12/8/17 

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