December 1999 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

Robert FOLK
Nothing to Loose PROMOTIONAL RFCD 002 [45:24]


I vaguely remember seeing this film and wondering why the score, a "rhythm-based composition" as the album's liner notes extol, suited the images before me, but did little to affect them. On disc it becomes apparent the reason is that there is no musical narrative -- the music does not travel far with the locations or the characters in them. It is a series of urban soundbytes, probably less metropolitan than intended, passably reminiscent of Danny Elfman's "Midnight Run" without the eclecticism. One hears cues using harmonica, percussion, accordion, guitars, saxophones, occasional strings, and sampled sounds and vocals; they are obviously independent tracks, yet frequently sound too much alike.

Of course, any Robert Folk score would demonstrate how underutilized he is in Hollywood, and this promo does its job in proving he is more than an orchestral artisan. The music here does have a certain pizzazz (although it is one I am not personally keen on). If you like this style then it is possibly worth a test, as Folk, a music professor of fairly weighty regard, brings his skills and distinguishing choices into action. This ensures the soundtrack is generally bearable, but moments of tediousness remain, and coming from the man who gave us the "Police Academy" march, "Beastmaster 2," even

"In the Army Now," this recording is not a sign of progress.


Jeffrey Wheeler

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