Mysteries of A.I. - The Music
features a riveting score composed by John Williams - perhaps,
one of Williams' greatest scores. While not overly detracting,
like many of his other scores (Though they are great), his score
for A.I. uses a blend of modernistic, almost
"electric"-sounding instruments, and minimalism.
the tone of the film's robotically enhanced not-so-distant future,
"The Mecha World" crackles and glistens with Steve Reich's
rhythmic urgency and John Adams's dense coloration, while "Abandoned
in the Woods," "Hide and Seek," and "Rouge
City" succeed by setting Williams's more traditional sense
of melody against Phillip Glass's hypnotic arpeggios. There's
also a sense that the composer has craftily evoked the ghost of
Kubrick music past and 2001 in particular; "Replicas"
and "Stored Memories" bring to mind Ligeti, while the
mournful strings of "Cybertronics" seem a ghostly echo
of Khachaturian's "Gayane Ballet Suite." David Foster's
ballad "For Always" (in a solo rendition by Lara Fabian and a duet between Fabian
and Josh Groban) seems twice-included strictly to enhance the
album's radio allure. Completists should also note that Ministry's dark contribution to the film's
Flesh Fair sequence, "What About Us?" is not
included on this soundtrack, but is available on their Greatest Fits compilation. Arguably Williams's
most musically adventurous score since his landmark Close Encounters, A.I. should take its
place among the most distinctive of the composer's long and bounteous
collaboration with Spielberg. (Partially from Amazon.com's
- The commercial
soundtrack listings for A.I. are listed below.
Audio clips for you to listen to will be included shortly.
in the Woods
Memories and Monica's Theme
Dreams are Born
Search for the Blue Fairy
as James Luckard, an Amazon.com customer, points out, if you want a chronologically
correct listening experience, listen to them in this order.
Hide and Seek
Abandoned in the Woods
The Moon Rising
The Mecha World
The Search for the Blue Fairy
Stored Memories and Monica's Theme
Where Dreams are Born
numbers #5 and #13 are vocal versions of Monica's theme, and not
played anywhere in the film. (Except for the end credits, I believe.)
Track #10, "Rouge City," does not, in fact, appear in
the film in this form. The first half of the track is just
a repeat of "Abandoned in the Woods," a piece not heard
anywhere else but in that earlier scene, and the second half is
the opening of "The Mecha World," as David and Joe fly
out of Rouge City, but it crazily fades out just before the music
reaches the climax as they find the weeping lion.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence Soundtrack can be purchased
at Amazon.com. Also more information will be available
shortly about the exclusive 2-CD set being distributed by Warner
Brothers to Academy members, as a "For Your Consideration"
Oscar publicity push.