by Marco Beltrami
Varèse Sarabande 302 066 181
Released 2000
An otherworldly feel permeates the opening track, or at least the first half of it, with a wordless female voice. Before it's over, though, the gentle voice gives way to a break of rhythmic percussion. The early action cue "Grif Gets a Girl" employs a myriad of instruments and techniques tied together by a constant, rapid meter. What I mean by that is, it's all sorts of styles in one track, all with the same tempo. :) It's an entertaining cut. The vocalise makes return appearances throughout the score, raising it up a teeny bit over the average, run-of-the-mill thriller score. But the middle section of the disc doesn't breathe. Oh, it's very well scored, and uniquely so, but (not having seen the film) I assume the on-screen action has to force the music to take a far back seat. It's almost as if Beltrami struggled to work outside the normal parameters of a thriller, but the film itself (or perhaps the people behind it) kept putting his work back inside those parameters. "Grif on the Go" is another particularly nice track. Even though it doesn't stand out much overall, it's still a recommended listen. One note: thanks to almost 15 minutes of silence at the start of track 24, the running time of the CD clocks in at 60 minutes, but there's only about 45 minutes of music.

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