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Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Michael Clayton
Music by James Newton Howard
Varese Sarabande VSD 6850 (EU)
13 Tracks 38:42 mins

This new George Clooney thriller receives a modernistic score by James Newton Howard that is largely realised by sythns and percussion, though the final track finds strings taking up the main theme in what is largely a 'calm after the storm' cue, though it does turn more sinister at the end. Before that we have a score that is largely an exercise in rhythm and tension, with many of the cues moving rhythmically, either nervously, purposefully or more subdued. Around track 7 "U North," the score takes a decidedly more menacing turn, with some good climactic builds. A few times the score takes time out from the rhythm for a little poignancy, probably underlining the plight of the Tom Wilkinson character, from what few clips I have seen of the film.
A good, workmanlike score by Howard then, but one which is not likely to longer long in the memory.


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