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Baby Boy by David Arnold

Baby Boy

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Baby Boy by David Arnold

Baby Boy
Composed by David Arnold
Varese Sarabande Records (2001)

Rating: 5/10

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“Those who enjoyed Howard Shore's recent work for THE SCORE or Christopher Young's work for THE HURRICANE or IN TOO DEEP, may well want to check out DAVID ARNOLD'S BABY BOY”

Return to South Central
Review by Christopher Coleman

Composed by David Arnold
Orchestrated and Conducted by Nicholas Dodd
Produced by David Arnold
Executive Producer: Robert Townson

John Singleton's returns to South Central Los Angeles ten years after his groundbreaking film, BOYZ IN THE HOOD. For Boyz N the Hood, Singleton selected jazz bassist, Stanley Clark, to create the musical backdrop. Singleton's choice for BABY BOY, features a very intriguing and unexpected choice of composers - DAVID ARNOLD. Known for his action-packed scores for the likes of Stargate, Independence Day, and most recently, The Musketeer, Baby Boy is quite a departure for Arnold.

As might be anticipated, due to the subject matter, BABY BOY is an strongly urban-influenced score. Utilizing various synthesizer leads (popularized in recent years by Tom Newman), relaxed rhythms, an occasional black-spiritual-edge, and an undergirding of restrained orchestral accompaniment, David Arnold's a-typical score for BABY BOY is a subdued, but pleasurable listen. Only on rare occasion does one get the slightest hint of the more familiar dramatic-Arnold; specifically in "Jody's Nightmare" (3) and "Drive By" (16). Even though this release is only 41 minutes, by the end of the CD, the sound becomes a bit redundant and unless your attention is on something else, you might find yourself popping this CD out early.

David Arnold fans who are in search of more of his more adventurous side should look at The Musketeer instead. Those who enjoyed Howard Shore's recent work for THE SCORE or Christopher Young's work for THE HURRICANE or IN TOO DEEP, may well want to check David Arnold's BABY BOY.

Rating: 5/10

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Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 Waiting... 1:09  ***
2 Meet Melvin 2:01  ***
3 Jody's Nightmare 1:19  ***
4 Taking Commerce 1:05  ***
5 Juanita 0:55  **
6 Home Truths 1:21  ***
7 Guns and Butter 1:21  **
8 I Hate You 2:18  ***
9 SweetPea's Yard 2:40  ***
10 I Wanna Be Saved 3:26  ***
11 Nasty Girl 2:57  **
12 Jody and Yvette 3:13  ***
13 Let Us Pray 2:23  ***
14 Jumped 3:51  **
15 Rodney Takes the Car 1:09  ***
16 Drive By 2:12  ***
17 Finish It 2:35  **
18 Melvin Takes the Gun 2:40  **
19 Family 1:16  ***
  Total Running Time (approx) 41 minutes  




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