Pete Anthony, Bill Boston, Marco Beltrami and Kevin Manthei
Varèse Sarabande VSD-5959
Reviewed by: Mikael Carlsson
The eaglery awaited album of Marco Beltrami's hailed
Scream/Scream 2 caused yet another debate focusing on the length of some soundtrack releases. The re-use fees the record companies have to pay the musicians, in order to get music recorded in USA released at all, are substantial. The deal is, the musicians get payed per quarter of an hour, and this is why most score albums are 30 or 45 minutes. The Scream album is only half an hour, which has disappointed a lot of fans. But hey, half an hour is better than nothing, and - Beltrami's music is indeed some of the most intriguing horror scores composed in years. The composer has actually managed to produce an album which, under the above mentioned circumstances, makes for great listening. Beltrami's completely unashamed, brutally uncompromising orchestral horror action scoring is completely breathtaking with its shrieking trumpets, howling french horns and straight-forward rhythms. The orchestrations lend towards experimental techniques (in a way, combining the visions of two other visionaries, Elliot Goldenthal and Christopher Young), but if it wasn't for the contrapuntal, seemingly calm and innocent main theme (with female solo voice) some of the harsh action would have become wall-to-wall music losing its impact. This is music which needs to be contrasted, and Beltrami succeeds both in the films and on this album. And the tongue-in-cheek inclusions of drum'n' bass - and some spaghetti western stylistics - work surprisingly well. Actually, this is one of few recent albums I thoroughly enjoy listening to from beginning to end!
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