- Various Artists
- Carter Burwell
Review: Three Kings
4 / 5 Stars
The release, a first for CD-Now and its licensee Warner Brothers, is a conglomeration of several songs and about 15 minutes of score. Most of these songs are from the trailer as well as the film, an unusual arrangement nowadays, since most trailer sources arent included. Burwells contribution centered mainly around taking traditional Iraqi and middle eastern musical arrangements and instrumentations and updating them with a more modern beat and sound. There isnt a real central theme or melody that permeates the score, but its mainly paced by the rhythms contained in the music and instrumentation that sets the mood and atmosphere. The use of electric guitar in place of the more traditional stringed instruments helps add to the feel that the Gulf War was more involved as "technological warfare" than past conflicts. This is the first feature to actually tackle the subject of the Gulf War and does it with a bit more evenhandedness than one would expect from a Hollywood film that is more west-centric but actually puts a spin on to the story of those affected by the soldiers actions. Its not an outstanding score (either in the film or presented on this CD release), but it serves the picture well - which a good score should, no matter the length.
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