3.5 / 5 Stars
Its not strictly period oriented for the 1940s, but stylistically it fits well with the theme and timeframe of the film. Even though the selections on the CD are grouped according to sequence, they blend together into a well presented set of musical snapshots. As they say, the whole is the sum of it& #146;s parts and the entire album fits perfectly as a standalone work which I could easily have in my CD player anytime of the day or night. Very few film scores can fit well with the theme of the movie and stand alone as a separate work worth recognition. The last time I enjoyed a jazz influenced score as much as this one is for another smart film, The Last Seduction with music by James Vitarelli. The complexity of the work and arrangements on this score reflect the depth of talent required to write the music, and I look forward to hearing more of Mr. Troost in the future. After this, I& #146;m actually surprised if Ernest doesnt get more higher profile projects can help nurture this talent.
Id have to say that Intradas recent rekindling interest in smaller scores and lesser known composers has done a great service to the film music community as well as its fans. This release keeps with that service and gets us a taste of something new and different that doesnt come around to often in an oft synth populated landscape of film scores of the 1990s. Besides giving a nod to the musical roots of the past, Ernest Troost provides a solid musical score that can be easily paired with those of John Williams, Mark Isham, and Michael Nyman for the sure diversity of the elements contained herein.
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