2002 Film Music CD Reviews
Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
VARÈSE SARABANDE VSD-6330
Grabowsky's score is extraordinary bellicose yet nostalgic and sentimental.
It is very much a jazz blues-based score. Much use is made of solo piano and
bass woodwinds and saxophone in low register, also bass strings -- all in unusual
combinations, harmonies and colours. Sour smoochy, disconsolate, swing figures
give a sense of seedy hopelessness. 'Love theme' with its rambling improvisatory
piano jazz solo (that also includes just a tiny seam of classical-sounding music)
seems to suggest love long lost and mute acceptance of fate. Even the more driving
underlying rhythms of the jazz-based 'Detour' takes much of its length to shake
off this feeling of ennui. 'You're beautiful' and 'A kiss' begin in a style
that instantly reminds one of Lynch's Twin Peaks before solo piano and
violin in the former and guitar in the latter confirm the bitter sweet disillusion
that has passed before. 'Sweet relief' gives some badly-needed comic relief;
it is a very cheeky off-colour visit to the toilet.
All the above is not to say that Paul Grabowski's score lacks appeal, on the
contrary, and even though it's rather downbeat and dour, it makes a change from
so much predictable material around at the moment.