2002 Film Music CD Reviews
Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Jan A. P. KACZMAREK
VARÈSE SARABANDE VSD-6356
Rarely do soundtrack albums retain a consistent
emotional tone throughout. Unfaithful is a surprise therefore since the
entire running time is consistently dour and wan. That doesn't seem like a recommendation,
but the sadness is melodic enough to remain interesting.
Piano is the principle voice, often accompanied
by a small body of strings. They're the favoured combination for the main theme;
a melancholy piece that lingers in the memory. There's not a lot of additional
instrumentation, but the little that there is makes its presence felt. There's
cymbalion (altering the tone a little in "The Globe"), accordion ("The
Visit"), but most of all there's some interesting vocal effects from Jorane
and Sussan Deyhim.
This is for a Richard Gere movie, which lately
has meant a low profile and little in box office returns. It'd be a shame for
this to go completely unnoticed. So I recommend it as proof positive that film
music can sustain a mood, and as an alternate tonic to those tired of Hollywood
bluster and bombast.