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Danny PELFREY - Joseph King of Dreams: Film Music CD Reviews- January 2001

January 2001 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Joseph King of Dreams  

This is an entertaining album of music and songs from the DreamWorks animated feature. Of the 44 cues I will simply comment on the few that interested me the most.

The opening 'God's Theme is softly dreamy and hopeful, very atmospheric of its Biblical time and place with some effective writing for strings, woodwind and treble percussion. A narrative overlay leads into an ensemble song, 'Miracle Child'. 'Wolf chase', with tremolando strings pounding percussion and snarling brass is exciting and dramatic while 'Betrayal', another agitated cue, suggests not only pain and anger but also compassion.

'Market Place' has pace and excitement (with male voices) and strong motor rhythms; and ethnic instruments lend an authentic North African flavour. 'Potiphar imprisons Joseph' was another dramatic yet compassionate cue that impressed me while the next cue 'Rats' is enough to send shivers up your spine. Another authentic sounding cue is 'Pharaoh meets Joseph' with exotic instruments sounding an auspicious Pharaoh's court backdrop.

An interesting colourful score.



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