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K-Pax
Original Score
composer: edward shearmur
label: uni / decca
released: 10.23.01
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0

Simple Beauty
by: bill aicher

For a film about a (supposed) spaceman who's influence enchants those around him, thereby inspiring beauty, it only seems fitting to have a simple beautiful score to accompany the voyage. And this is exactly what composer Edward Shearmur has created for K-Pax.

To follow this new-agey story, Shearmur turned out a delightful set of sparse, yet atmospheric synthesized landscapes dotted with intimate piano melodies. The K-Pax score at times reminds us of Kevin Spacey's (who plays Prot, the lead in K-Pax) previous film American Beauty, as much of the piano themes come through as variations on Thomas Newman's score. Still, at other times Shearmur floats over into a more electronic ambiance, creating what at times sound like simplified versions of Moby's prettiest works.

The score to K-Pax isn't groundbreaking in any way, other than that it is simply beautiful. Yet unlike other scores, K-Pax lends itself to listens outside of the film - as beautiful background music, or just a way to wind down at the end of a long day.

If the music is any indicator, K-Pax will be a beautiful and inspirational film. And if not, we still have the music.

If you liked K-Pax...

Tracklist:
1. Grand Central
2. Good Morning Bess
3. Taxi Ride
4. Constellation Lyra
5. Bluebird
6. 4th of July
7. Prot Missing
8. Sarah
9. New Mexico
10. Powell's Return
11. July 27th
12. Coda