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Friday, January 06, 2006

CD REVIEWS - Doom and Where the Truth Lies

Music by Clint Mansell
Varese Sarabande VSD-6702
22 Tracks 60:23 mins

For this film of the popular sci-fi first person shooter videogame, starring The Rock, Clint Mansell has come up with an entirely suitable techno-based score, with much suspense and dissonance and some high octane, beat-driven action music. I have to say it's not the easiest listening experience away from the film and indeed some of the music is barely audible and it becomes quite frustrating waiting to hear something - anything. However, the kick-ass action moments certainly get the blood pumping, but if you're looking for another Sahara from the composer, you won't find it here. The final track on the album is given over to a number by Nine Inch Nails.

Where the Truth Lies
Music by Mychael Danna
Varese Sarabande VSD-6696
21 Tracks 46:37 mins

Once noted for his unusual approach to his film scores, often using ethnic instruments, Danna has of late been found mostly composing pretty conventional scores for his projects and this latest is no exception.
Where the Truth Lies sees a reporter trying to get to the bottom of the breakup of a successful showbiz partnership, perhaps inspired a little by Martin & Lewis and features some elegant, if melancholy and mysterious strings-based music, which can be likened somewhat to Bernard Herrmann in his Hitchcockian style, as well as more contemporary Jerry Goldsmith scores for the likes of Basic Instinct and Chinatown. There are also some "trippy" moments, representing the characters' excesses, and a good deal of source-like music of the time, like the jazzy mover Palace del Sol, co-composed with Rob Simonsen, and the easy-going, flute-lead The Chinese Restaurant, with its jazzy trumpet solos.
As a novelty, a brief track is included to give a flavour of the duo's cabaret performances of their heyday, where Kevin Bacon displays his singing abilities (Bacon and his brother do of course have their own band in reality).


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