2002 Film Music CD Reviews
Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Varese Sarabande VSD-6387
Within a minute of a Carter Burwell score I find I can identify
his style. Defining that style is less easy however. A word I frequently use
to describe his music is 'melancholy'. It's a mood shot through his work that
I believe generally stems from the type of films themselves, but like John Barry
it's that very personal voice in the orchestration of his work that simply suggests
a bittersweet subtext.
Subtext is precisely what Andrew Niccol's movie is all about.
The creation of a digital replacement actress on a movie set is a means of conveying
the hollow vanity that pervades much of Hollywood. It shouldn't be a surprise
then to find a score accompanying this that's a bubbling mix of kooky samples
and percussion on the surface. Underneath however, lies a gentle simplicity
to which Al Pacino's producer aspires and which Rachel Roberts (as S1m0ne) is
unable to disguise. There's a memorable theme at the core of the simplicity,
shown off at its best in "$$$imone".
Burwell has his very own brand of film scoring with which
I'm pleased to say this latest belongs perfectly. It makes for a highly smirk-inducing