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Sunday, March 19, 2006

CD REVIEW- Firewall

Music by Alexandre Desplat
Varese Sarabande VSD-6717 (EU)
15 Tracks 52:14 mins

For the new Harrison Ford thriller, and carrying on his good work on Bruce Willis' Hostage, French composer Alexandre Desplat has again written some exciting action cues, none better than the opening title track, although "The Epi-Pen" and "The Fight" come close, and thank goodness he's finally left that irritating electronic pulse that so spoilt Syriana and Birth behind. In addition to the exciting action cues, there are a number of expectant, tense, and purposeful movers and some genuine moments of suspense. Adding some much needed lightness to the score is his "Family Theme," which is first carried by piano in that track, but receives a full-blown treatment for strings in the concluding "Together Again."
Desplat continues to make significant inroads into the Hollywood mainstream, whilst still able to write award-winning music for domestic product. I think it's safe to say that we will be hearing much more of the composer in the months and years to come.


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