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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

CD REVIEW - Breach

Music by Mychael Danna
Varese Sarabande 302 066 795 2 (US) VSD 6795 (EU)
12 Tracks 35:34 mins

Ryan Philippe (how could he let the gorgeous Reese Witherspoon get away?!) plays a young FBI Agent intent on proving his boss (Chris Cooper) is selling secrets to the Soviets in this new thriller, which is based on true events.
The score is provided by Mychael Danna and is one of his more conventional efforts, a mysterious, melancholy offering, with much of the music harp-driven, with strings to the fore and excellent piano solos. It reminds me a touch of Bernard Herrmann in its elegance, but also puts me in mind of Jerry Goldsmith's great, mysterious music for Basic Instinct.
Occasionally the melancholy mood is broken by suspenseful, dark, and threatening music, ending in the odd powerful crescendo; and there are also a couple of more uptempo tracks, which move to a combination of electronics and percussion. At one point a trademark Desplat electronic pulse threatens, but wisely the composer backs away from it. Overall, it's that mysterious, melancholy mood that dominates this classy effort.


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