July 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Howard SHORE
Panic Room  
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  VARÈSE SARABANDE VSD-6346   [30:09]

Crotchet

Panic Room

Following on from his masterpiece Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, this score finds Howard Shore in more straightforward thriller territory and reunites him with director David Fincher (Seven, The Game). And while this may not provide such an expansive canvass, Shore is talented enough to craft a darkly shaded, penetrating work that remains impressive throughout its relatively brief running time of just over half an hour.

The 'Main Title' is a sombre, subtly rhythmic affair and generates a mood of tense disquiet. From here on tracks like 'Caution - Flammable' with its telling bursts of brass and the menacing 'What We Want is in That Room' demonstrate the composer's strong understanding of dramatic suspense.

A commendable, brooding score that hits all the right notes and moves along at a brisk, entertaining pace. While not earth shattering it will certainly provide most film music fans with a solid listening experience.

Mark Hockley

***(*)

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