2002 Film Music CD Reviews
Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
VARÈSE SARABANDE VSD-6346
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.