Atonement
Soundtrack

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed for Coffeerooms by Mike JeffersonIt was right there in front of me. A straight line as easy to mawk as Jaime Lynn Spears selling birth control. “Atonement.” I was sure after one listen I could open with the line, “Composer Dario Marianelli and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet need to atone for their sins...”

The only problem with a ready-made gag is sometimes the joke’s on you. You may not see God while listening to “Atonement” (or even see Jerry Garcia), but the music will touch your heart and soul.
I’m sure you’re familiar with two of my most rigid rules of music from the Singer’s Handbook: 1) No medleys, and 2) With the exception of Jeff Beck and Deodato, no instrumental albums. Somebody has to step up to the mike and warble a few notes. “Atonement” is so well constructed and orchestrated that I’m considering a third amendment – 3) Select movie soundtracks are okay.

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