The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JO­CE­LYN CLARKE

Varese Sara­bande Singer-song­writer Randy New­man, cousin of com­posers Thomas and David New­man, has carved a hugely suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a film com­poser with such di­verse scor­ing projects as Cars, Mon­sters, Toy Story, Pleas­antville and Mav­er­ick. His score for Leather­heads, a pe­riod Amer­i­can foot­ball com­edy, is an­other win­ning ex­er­cise in art­ful pas­tiche. Draw­ing from 1920s big­band swing, Har­lem blues and Souza-es­que marches, New­man’s score is brash and bright, ef­fort­lessly evok­ing De­pres­sion-era Amer­ica and early Hol­ly­wood ro­man­tic come­dies while re­tain­ing his sig­na­ture scor­ing style of catchy melodies, sparkling colours and pol­ished or­ches­tra­tion. What Leather­heads lacks in orig­i­nal­ity, it makes up for with New­man’s best mu­si­cal qual­ity: his witty charm. www.colos­seum.de Down­load tracks: The Prince­ton Tiger, Ah, Love

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