November 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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The Sum of All Fears  
  Elektra 7559-62786-2   [49:30]
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sum of all fears

There was a time when this reviewer watched the approach of a Goldsmith release date with baited breath. Since about the mid-Nineties I could really care less for the projects he's undertaken however. I can't believe the man or his Agent doesn't have the power or good sense to turn down the endless stream of action movies he does. So here's the latest bag of familiarity: a high wall of crashing noise punctuating every dramatic explosion, out-of-date sounding synth effects parping along and several patriotic hymnal laments.

Either spotlighting how the mighty have fallen or just how disrespectful the industry is today, the disc features 2 TWO appearances of a soppy song from Yolanda Adams as well as another by Tabitha Fair and even a painful rendition of "Nessun Dorma". Frankly, I despair with the material Goldsmith works on today. The end results don't exactly surprise me in their much of a muchness, but I look forward to the surprise of something new from the Master of action scoring one of these days.

Paul Tonk


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