December 1999 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

Christopher YOUNG In Too Deep OST   VARÈSE SARABANDE VSD-6072 [37:46]

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Did somebody say 'contemporary' and 'urban'? There's your two-word review. But to embellish that, you need to know we're talking about a Chris Young who has been seemingly saddled with lame-o action flicks for a while that haven't allowed either aspect of the two-word review to shine. Entrapment went contemporary via synths and loops that sat in conflict with the orchestra. And Urban Legend only succeeded in having 'urban' in the title. Take the title-opening cue here to be re-assurance if you've been worried. A breezy fused jazz number, it features muted horn from Saul Marquez. Setting a subdued pace and dark tone, the next half-hour wafts by on a bed of mellow rhythms (even R&B for "Missing Vocal"). A couple of up-tempo action cues increase the volume (e.g. "Bust"), but quite often you'll find yourself straining to hear the long-held sustains.

Drum loops, vinyl scratches, and interesting samples all suggest Young found more inspiration in this than most recent projects. Without a blaring main theme to volubly carve itself upon the memory, this could easily pass you by. It's therefore an album to accompany an easy read. Unobtrusively excellent.


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