Alberto Iglesias is a really good composer.
I just realized after downloading the soundtracks of the last two Almodovar films on iTunes that I REALLY like Alberto Iglesias. Not just from time to time, but ALL the time. He's probably my third favorite contemporary composer, behind Desplat and Santaolalla (Clint Mansell is genius when he works with Aronofsky, but what does he do in between? got me)
And does anyone realize that Alberto's been oscar nomination worthy for the past three years in a row? And in one of those years, he was actually recognized.
2004: Bad Education
2005: The Constant Gardener (surprise oscar nod!)
Now, clearly those statues belonged to Alexandre Desplat (Birth), Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback), and Clint Mansell (The Fountain), but Alberto deserved to be nominated all three years. His music is so lovely and lyrical. And I love how he can take his spicy Spanish sensibility and tailor it to totally different movies like The Constant Gardener, with the style still distinctly "him" but also perfectly suited to each film.
Now that he's been nominated for an oscar, I'd love to see him nommed again for an Almodovar film. I have to figure out just how long he's been collaborating with Pedro, but these last two scores have been brilliant.
Any relation to pop music sensation (and WHO'S CUTER winner) Enrique Iglesias? I doubt it (though that'd be cool).