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Friday, May 05, 2006

CD REVIEW - Basic Instinct 2

Basic Instinct 2
Music by John Murphy, with original Basic Instinct themes by Jerry Goldsmith
La-La Land Records LLLCD 1045
33 Tracks 61:54 mins

I feel a little sorry for John Murphy, having to incorporate themes from Jerry Goldsmith's masterful score for the original Basic Instinct in his own score for this sequel, which has been a long time in coming and which, now it's here, hasn't been given the warmest of receptions by the critics. I haven't seen the film myself, but Murphy's music seems perfectly adequate for the genre type, with much suspense and mysterious, often piano-lead, music. It's just that whenever Goldsmith's music appears, it raises the whole thing up a notch.
Murphy has also been criticised for his use of mournful duduk and middle-eastern-styled rhythms in his few out and out action cues. As the story is set in London, it does seem a little odd, but there may well be a very good reason - I just can't say without seeing the film.
There are 29 score tracks on the album, with a further four bonus tracks of source music, three from Murphy and one from Mozart, with the usual lavishly illustrated booklet featuring notes on the film and its composer.


Blogger Alan Rogers said...

Jeff, Murphy's use of the duduk does seem to be out of place bearing in mind what little I know of the movie. But it's not used so much as to become too obtrusive.

For the most part, Murphy seems to have kept Goldsmith's thematic stuff quite separate from his own music - even to the extent of separating it as different cues. Wise move on Murphy's part I think.

By the way, enjoyable blog.

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