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Thursday, October 16, 2008


The Messengers
Music by Joseph LoDuca
La-La Land Records LLLCD 1068 (US)
20 Tracks 47:16 mins

Jo9seph LoDuca is of course a veteran scorerof films with a supernatural theme, having cut his teeth on the Evil Dead movies. His association with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert of course began on those films and continued with last year's The Messengers, directed by the Pang brothers, which is essentially a ghost story, with a few demons thrown in, and stars Kristen Stewart, Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller and John Corbett.
LoDuca's score for the film is largely orchestral and begins with a haunting (if you pardon the pun) theme for solo child's voice, violin and piano. The theme is to return again over the "End Titles" to wrap things up nicely after all the horrors that it bookends. And there are plenty of those, with much suspenseful, eerie, dissonant, menacing and downright frightening writing throughout. Delicate and sometimes quite poignant piano playing features in the quieter moments, like "Girl in the Cellar," "Mistakes" and the opening of "First Night;" with just the odd glimmer of light peeping through in tracks like "Buying the Farm," "He Likes You" and the eager close of the aforementioned "First Night," with its country fiddle and guitars. It's a more than competent score that fans of the genre will no doubt be eager to add it to their collection.
The accompanying booklet features extensive liner notes by Daniel Schweiger, with comments by the composer; plus a note from Sam Raimi, all accompanied by colour stills from the film. The release is limited to 1500 units, so get along to to secure your copy now.


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