May 2000 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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RCA Victor 09026-63482-2 [50:20]
Purchase from: Crotchet   Amazon USA

After the dynamite mainstream success of Face/Off, Powell must have been batting project offers away. What came next was the hilarious spoof Antz with another demonstration of his capable handling of both orchestral and electronic environments. Then comes this completely left of field project about African championship athlete runners. Clearly – Powell isn’t prepared to sit still and be stereotyped.

This collection of Afrikaans meets Amerikaans is thoroughly charming. Noting the ‘Thanks’ credit to Hans Zimmer (Powell has been a composer in residence at Media Ventures), it puts me vaguely in mind of Millennium – if only by way of musical geography.

There are vocal contributions throughout (that scale warbling indigenous to place), and as in introduction in "Gigi’s Lament" Ejigayehu Shibabaw’s voice is a beautiful start to a score album. An elegant tone of mystery is then sustained all the way through to a one-off interruption with the upbeat "Buss To Addis".

Everything basically builds toward the showpiece 11 minutes of "The Finale Race". Some of the subtle orchestration that made Face/Off a surprise is evident at the opening, but then of course we build up and through exactly what the title suggests.

This may be a little hard to track down, but is well worth a run down to the shops to find.


Paul Tonks


Paul Tonks

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