December 1999 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

William ROSS
Tin Cup OST   PROMOTIONAL WRCD 02 [29:59]

William Ross' "Tin Cup" does overflow! The music offers country & western, blues ('Double Bogey Blues,' arranged by Ross), no holds barred orchestral, and Ross still has room to throw the audience a couple of fitting surprises. It is a distinctive and refined share of film music; it is a delightfully above-average score to hear, especially from a composer relatively close to the beginning of his game. Most impressive are the symphonic flourishes -- at times overly dramatic (I am thinking, Is this golf, or the parting of the Red Sea?), but strengthened with confident grace, bold tonality, and extremely solid orchestration. And as with any romantic score -- in this case, both for love of a woman and love of a game -- there is a need for distinguished melodies. There is, appropriately enough, a pair of them here: a slick, free and easy tune for Tin Cup, and the previously mentioned fanfare for the grace of golf. The presentation is a small flaw... The orchestra's performance is surprisingly rough... There are several harshly played notes, and the finale on Varese Sarabande's "Hollywood 96" album received a more pleasant and charismatic reading. However, it gets the point across, and Mr. Ross continues to establish himself as an influential creative presence ("The Amazing Panda Adventure" and "My Fellow Americans" are proficient scores, as well). "Tin Cup" is not tin-pot.


Jeffrey Wheeler

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Jeffrey Wheeler

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