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Ennio MORRICONE Bulworth  OST RCA Victor 09026 63253 2 [42:36]


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I have no idea if the format of this album is a first for Morricone. Two generously lengthy suites seems more up Hans Zimmer’s strasse. The film all but tossed out the score, as reflected on a rap CD that you could easily purchase in error. I’m sure that contributed in some way to editing the material together like this. The effect is astonishing.

"Suite One: BULWORTH Part 1" is a bittersweet adagio for the most part of its near 18 minutes. Four times in its duration, the voices of Amii Stewart and Edda Dell’Orso melt in with solo performances almost leaning toward gospel in their variation on the long-line melody. Towards the end, tremolo strings announce the lead-in towards the protracted climax. It culminates in the only vocal on disc - "Where is he?" - which is almost unintelligibly drawn out. A better title could probably have explained that all this angst describes Senator Bullworth’s suicidal tendencies.

"Suite Two: BULWORTH Part 2" isn’t a much better title either ! In diametric opposition, this lengthier cue (24:41, and not 23:41 as credited) is an amalgam of the heated chase once Bullworth’s mistakes begin to follow him and the dangerous possibilities that threaten. Here the Morricone of the Spaghetti genre is perceivable, blended with a sound reminiscent of his The Untouchables march. About a third of the suite is made up by a charging repeating and accumulative phrase for piano, horn, guitar, and strings playing in an infectious staccato fashion.

The remaining material might be a little harder on the ear. Several dirge-like interludes quite spoil the momentum of the ‘chase’ material. Also some heavily atonal passages. The grand finish is again a protracted piece on high-end strings, low-end piano, and skittering bass guitar. In fact, it’s a rather scary effect !

Neither suite references the other. Presumably that is intentional, considering the smaller tracks could have been edited together in all manner of different ways. So in all, it’s quite an aural test in many ways. I hope I can say I ‘passed’ by saying I enjoyed it immensely.


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