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The Time Traveler's Wife

  • 1. Time Traveler's Wife/Es Ist ein Ros, The
    2. Time Traveler's Wife/I'm You Henry, The
    3. Time Traveler's Wife/Meadow, The
    4. Time Traveler's Wife/How Does It Feel?, The
    5. Time Traveler's Wife/Diary, The
    6. Time Traveler's Wife/Train, The
    7. Time Traveler's Wife/I Don't Feel Alone Anymore, The
    8. Love Will Tear Us Apart (As Used in the Film the Time Traveler's Wife)
    9. Time Traveler's Wife/Married to Me, The
    10. Time Traveler's Wife/Home, The
    11. Time Traveler's Wife/Do You Know When?, The
    12. Time Traveler's Wife/Testing, The
    13. Time Traveler's Wife/Alba, The
    14. Time Traveler's Wife/I Never Had a Choice, The
    15. Time Traveler's Wife/Who Would Want That?, The
    16. Time Traveler's Wife/I Left Him Sleeping, The
    17. Time Traveler's Wife/It's a Girl, The
    18. Time Traveler's Wife/Five Years, The
    19. Time Traveler's Wife/Try to Stay, The
    20. Time Traveler's Wife/New Year's Eve, The
    21. Time Traveler's Wife/No Tracks in the Snow, The
    22. Time Traveler's Wife/See You Again, The
    23. Broken (As Used in the Film the Time Traveler's Wife)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2716582

  • Credits

    Personnel: Mychael Danna (guitar, electronics); Isabel Bayrakdarian (vocals).
    The fictional concept of time travel manages to be simultaneously fascinating and completely ridiculous. The novel and now film The Time Traveler's Wife employs a variation of the concept that is similar to the one in Kurt Vonnegut's novel (and film) Slaughterhouse Five, in that an ordinary person doesn't travel back or forward in time in the manner of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine so much as become, as Vonnegut put it, "unstuck in time." Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut's hero, kept traveling around his own life in the sense that his conscious mind just seemed to keep flitting, without his control, from his birth to his death and everywhere in between, pausing for a while here and there. Henry, the time traveler in The Time Traveler's Wife, also jumps back and forth in his life unable to control his travels, but he does so in a more literal sense than Billy Pilgrim; he keeps dissolving in front of people's eyes and reappearing at some other time or place, and without his clothes, to boot. As time travel tales go, this may be the silliest one yet, but it is placed in the service of a romance; the important character is really Henry's wife, Clare, who somehow manages to spend enough time with Henry to fall in love with him and marry him. In this way, you might say the novel/film is really just an analogy for a love story about a woman whose husband keeps getting called away on business unexpectedly. Mychael Danna's score for the film zeroes in on the romance and the conflict caused by Henry's constant disappearances. This is calm, sweet music, full of slow, considered piano parts supported by warm strings, at least a first. Things get a little more ominous as the music continues, however, with a sense of anxiety signaled by odd sound effects and bits of atonality. By the cue called "I Never Had a Choice," the strangeness of the situation makes itself felt. The two songs that are interspersed within the score respond to the overall theme, first Broken Social Scene's slow take on Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (the group actually appears in the film as the wedding band), and then Lifehouse's "Broken," with its repeated refrain, "I'm falling apart." That's what Henry keeps doing throughout the story, but, of course, a little thing like that can't stop true love, not in a movie like this, anyway. ~ William Ruhlmann

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