2002 Film Music CD Reviews
Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
VARÈSE SARABANDE VSD-6310
Trevor Rabin plays guitar. That's the easy explanation behind the principle
instrument choice in the likes of Con Air, Armageddon, Deep Blue Sea or Gone
In 60 Seconds. You might have thought that would change given the
opportunity to make a geographical switch for a Jet Li vehicle. But while
there are some pleasing uses of oriental percussion and rhythms, that guitar
is still there out performing everything else.
You've only got to experience the first few minutes via "The Ritual" with
its layers of oriental percussion building to a synth overloaded crescendo
to gauge what the other 40 minutes will do. Thematically speaking there
appears to be 2 small motifs drawn upon occasionally. The most typically
heroic of these is best showcased in "Justification".
There's not much more to be said to anyone already owning Enemy of the
State and The 6th Day, except perhaps that there's a moment in "Search For
Ulaw" that may have you struggling for determine where you've heard it
before. It's Total Recall.
Which about sums up the whole album.