April 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Jet Li
The One  
  OST
  VARÈSE SARABANDE VSD-6310   [42:10]

The One

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.

Paul Tonks

**

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