March 2003 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Gary S. Dalkin
Managing Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Two Weeks Notice  
Music composed by John Powell
  Available on Varèse Sarabande 302 066 434 2  
Running time:29.00
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two weeks notice

John Powell's Two weeks Notice album is a cracking piece of session work, at times one of seemingly jazz 'jamming', that would grace anyone's cd cabinet. I have listened to it endlessly and never once felt that any of the 15 tracks didn't work. As a film score, it is perfectly executed and brilliantly sympathetic to the movie.

On disc gentle harmonies rub shoulders with toe tapping jazz, moving seamlessly through the programme, giving the idea that one is tucked away in the corner of a studio where polished musicians were putting the finishing touches to a masterpiece. Particularly enlightening is the liberal use of strumming, guitar soloing in Divorce (track 2) and Protest (track 8). There is some great piano soloing in Emergency (track 10) graduating from textbook clarity in Bobcat Pretzel (track 7) to simply inspirational in the finger clacking, weirdly named Sad Bowels (track 12).

The remainder of the tracks complimented the movie without overshadowing it. In The Limo (track 6) particularly will be remembered for its incisive Hammond organ retro feel. Similarly, Trying To Get Fired (track 4) is remarkable in its cheeky redolence. 30's or 40's feeling echoes through Bobcat Pretzel (track 7) and to a lesser extent in George's Speech (track 13).

Otherwise this is nice, simple, melodious sit back and drift away music. I can't compliment this score enough and am looking forward to Mr Powell's next offering.

Jon Clark

**** 4

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