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Monday, August 21, 2006

CD REVIEW - Monster House

Monster House
Music by Douglas Pipes
Varese Sarabande VSD 6746 (EU)
24 Tracks 49:19 mins

Douglas Pipes is a new name to me and his score for this latest in the line of computer generated animations is pretty much standard Hollywood fare, a routine orchestral mix of action and suspense, complete with clich├ęd mysterious piano. Many of the early tracks are quite brief, making for a pretty fragmented listening experience, but the lengthier tracks that follow allow room for development and provide some fireworks as the three kids battle to save the neighbourhood from being eaten by the Monster House of the title.
Both the film and its music seem to be faring well with the critics and so hopefully we'll be hearing more of the composer, and maybe future assignments will provide the opportunity for him to find a more distinctive voice.


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