This TV score is like the curate's egg good in (a few) parts. Clearly it
is designed for a young audience and they may well like all the boomings,
bangings, wailings and screechings that emanate from the electronic inputs
to this highly eclectic score. It certainly rushes along so the youngsters
will hardly encounter any longeurs.
A slightly more mature audience might find some amusement in playing a game
of guess that influence; there is plenty to keep them occupied in this score
of a multitude of styles that are so often incongruously mixed. In "Promise
Me" we are back aboard the Titanic and "Stable Rumble" has a very
Gaelic tinge - Hercules in County Kerry? Then we have our dear old friend
the Dies Irae marching haltingly after doleful funeral bells for "Slain Warriers"
while bits of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story score peep out from underneath
"Very Big Foot".
"Bathing" is suitably aqueous and the setting sultry haremy with finger cymbals,
tambourines and other ethnic Indian/Arabian instruments. A little romance
steals in with "Promise Me" and "Be Honest" which is quite nicely pliant
and pleading; just as well after the headache-inducing thunderings, bangings
and moanings from tracks like "The Gods Take Away/The Stick Fight."