July 2000 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
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Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Film Score Monthly FSM Vol 3. No. 3 [72:03]
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It may be a little ungracious to say that you know what you're going to get from a Leonard Rosenman score. But if you are familiar with Fantastic Voyage, Lord of the Rings, or Star Trek IV - you'll have the composer's style set in mind. It's an often abrasively edged sound, perhaps suited better here than any of the features cited above.

Sitting shotgun on the sequel to Goldsmith's gloriously experimental original was a hard act to follow. Clearly taking the lead from the picture itself, Rosenman pulls an even more off-the-wall effort out the hat. Where Goldsmith worked leitmotivic devices out of his clusters of atonality and sound design, Rosenman through-scored his picture with only scant associative referencing. The cues can often sound incomplete or improvised - which actually compliments their complexity.

This may be a tough standalone listening experience, but if you can appreciate what this did for the picture - a portrait of utter chaos leading to Doomsday itself - it can certainly be admired for its intelligence.


Paul Tonks

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Paul Tonks

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