Shuffling my iPod has thrown up some tracks, most of which are “off the beaten track”.
Isham’s urban vibe with the guitar and the rhythm has a certain appeal and sounds quite different from similar styles of scoring. I like how Isham’s releasing 2 versions of his recent scores: an album and a “complete” edition.
An attractive piano line starts off this score but there’s a synthy string ostinato that’s a bit distracting – though not all the strings sound synthetic. This track does have the feel of an overture and has a space that allows the music to develop.
Ominous beginning, a clip of the title theme/motif and finishing off with sultry saxophone that transforms to an almost human scream at one part.
The fact that the melody in this track sounds too much like the lullaby “Hush, little baby, don’t say a word” is a bit too distracting to really enjoy this track fully. But the final few seconds of the track with it’s ethnic vocals and percussion somewhat makes up for things.
I’m a sucker for rhythmic percussion and this 5-minute cue has some satisfying percussion action. There are some tension-building synthy string passages added for variety. The synths as well as the percussion that could sound a bit more meaty gives away the TV origins of the score.
Composed for the Wii console version of the game, this short track is really only a rhythmic percussion passage with some ethnic vocals and instrumentation.
Hearing Giacchino’s Medal of Honor theme in any setting is always a highlight. Not a version I listen to often, but the interspersing of the theme with the frenetic pace of the cue is good. Excellent conclusion ot the cue.
A score from the early 80s that sounds though it should be in the 1970s. This version is arranged for a big band: a few brass players playing their heart out, some winds, electric guitar and drum kit. Nice! I much prefer this version to the original (from what I recall).
A nice calming cue for harp and soft piano and winds accompaniment. Tender stuff.
A score from 2004 this one. The track is centred around a riff played on what sounds like it could be a Hammond organ, and over the top of this there’s spy movie brass blasts, percussion and a dance music feel. The brass certainly gives a spy movie feel ala The Incredibles.