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GHOSTS OF MARS – John Carpenter

August 24, 2001 Leave a comment

ghostsofmarsOriginal Review by Jonathan Broxton

When is a soundtrack not a soundtrack? When it’s a rock album. Or when it’s called John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars. In my opinion, the sole purpose of a film soundtrack is to elicit an emotional response from the audience watching the film it accompanies. All other considerations about whether it is considered “good music” are secondary to the fact that its creation is to support a visual image. By saying this, I am almost making myself redundant as a reviewer of soundtrack albums as opposed to scores as heard in the film, but the point I am trying to make is that a good soundtrack album doesn’t necessarily mean that it contains a good score, and vice versa. This album is a case in point. Read more…

CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN – Stephen Warbeck

August 17, 2001 Leave a comment

captaincorellismandolinOriginal Review by Jonathan Broxton

Stephen Warbeck just gets better and better. I have to admit that, when he won the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love back in 1998, I dismissed his victory as nothing but sheer luck – a middling composer being fortuitously attached to the right movie at the right time. As time has passed, however, my opinion has changed. Fanny and Elvis and Mystery Men were OK. Billy Elliott was good. Quills was excellent. And now, with Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Warbeck has finally emerged as a bonafide competitor to John Barry, George Fenton and Rachel Portman as the British composer of choice for romantic dramas. Read more…

AN AMERICAN RHAPSODY – Cliff Eidelman

August 10, 2001 Leave a comment

anamericanrhapsodyOriginal Review by Jonathan Broxton

I’ve waited three long years to type this sentence. Cliff Eidelman is back. The TV movie Witness Protection notwithstanding, it’s been a lean three years away from the scoring circuit for this extremely talented 34-year-old composer, whose career seemed to have completely stopped in its tracks. After bursting onto the scene in 1991 with his score for Star Trek VI, and enjoying six or seven years of comparative success, Eidelman suddenly stopped getting hired, despite him applying to score dozens for movies and narrowly failing to make the cut at the final hurdle. His last album of music was from the family drama One True Thing, in 1998 – until now. Read more…