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Saturday, August 14, 2010


DIGITAL DOWNLOAD REVIEW - WITHIN


Within
Music by Jeff Toyne
MovieScore Media MMD0010
18 Tracks 42:49 mins

This digital download review from MovieScore Media marks their second collaboration with composer Jeff Toyne, their first release being his music for 2007's Shadow in the Trees.
Within is a Lifetime TV movie and concerns a young girl who if gifted with the ability of seeing evil spirits within others.
Toyne's score is standard genre fare, right from the mysterious tinkling piano and wordless female vocals of the "Main Titles." The same opening theme is given a propulsive rock/pop treatment for the following "Driving," and receives an initially sympathetic treatment in "Sadie."
More menacing fare is introduced at the start of "Rachel Sees a Ghost," but the main theme quickly returns to close the track. A more ethereal treatment of the film follows in "Walk of Discovery."
Surprisingly the theme then goes walkabout for the following three tracks - all a mix of mystery and eeriness, before returning briefly amongst more dissonant eeriness in "I Told You."
More of the same follows in "I Know How He Died" and "The Shed," the latter picking up a propulsive rhythm in its later stages.
There's a positive feel about the opening of "Saving Rachel," but this too soon descends into dissonance, and there's more of this in "Michelle Gets Rachel," before a propulsive variation on the main theme is introduced.
The score concludes with "I Could Have Helped Them" and a sadly reflective variation on the main theme that comes to a halt, before a reprise of the "Driving" variant.
In addition to Toyne's brief score, the album features two amiable, folksy songs by Miriam Jones, as well as Cameron Grant & Melissa Kaplan's "Hallowe'en is Here" which, if it isn't, certainly sounds as if it's taken from Danny Elfman's A Nightmare Before Christmas.
Go to www.moviescoremedia.com/within.html for samples and details as to where to download your copy.