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Friday, December 08, 2006

CD REVIEW - Breaking and Entering

Breaking and Entering
Music by Underworld and Gabriel Yared
V2 Records VVR1043552 (EU)
16 Tracks 57:18 mins

Gabriel Yared is director Anthony Minghella's musical collaborator of choice, but with his latest film Breaking and Entering, starring other regular Minghella collaborators Jude Law and Juliette Binoche, sees Yared team up with Underworld. I don't know the extent of the collaboration, nor have I even heard of Underworld (and their website doesn't really tell me a lot). I assume they're some kind of pop group, but really don't know.
But what of the music? Well, this generous recording is fine if you like atmospheric, ambient film scores, with very little real melody or excitement to latch on to. It's a mix of live players, with strings most prominent, and electronics, with some ethereal moments, as in the opening "A Thing Happens,"some romantic piano-lead music, in "Will and Amira," not a little melancholy, "Not Talking and "Hungerford Bridge," and plenty of electronics/percussion driven movers. At times the music is ethnically-tinged, as in "Sad Amira," and there's a drum-driven track, "Monkey Two."
To sum it up, it's probably one of the most disappointing scores I have heard this year, which is a shame as the Minghella/Yared collaborations are historically memorable. I can only assume Underworld (whoever they are) are to blame.


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