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Monday, June 26, 2006


Hi folks! Sorry my blogs are not as regular as they have been. Hopefully, normal service will be resumed before long, but at the moment there are just not enough hours in the day.

United 93
Music by John Powell
Varese Sarabande 302 066 740 2 (U.S.)
10 Tracks 43:27 mins

In stark contrast to Powell's bombastic, exciting music for X-Men 3, for Paul Greengrass' account of the onboard happenings, leading to the crash of the hijacked airline United 93 on 7/11, which was shot realistically in real-time, the composer has delivered a score, which underlines the tension utilising the kind of ambient style Alexandre Desplat has made his own over several recent projects. That is to say, his score is mostly underpinned by a constant electronic pulse, with effective use of percussion in the more threatening moments. The orchestra however carries the dramatic weight of the score, with the strings effectively mournful or dramatic and powerful when they have to be, whilst brass underlines the more fateful moments.
One unusual element is the use of young Oliver Powell's voice over the opening "Prayers," the lengthy "Phone Calls" and the closing "Dedication." Presumably the boy is the composer's son, though I have no confirmation of this. The score closes with something of a string lament to the heroic passengers who perished in their successful attempts to prevent the plane finding its intended target.


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