I have to confess to not getting the adulation for this score
- although I like it very much. My problem is that the pop-culture teen slasher
creation / revival seems to demand a clone score to match each new clone
entry. After the Scream movies, the Last Summer movies, and
H20, there is quite obviously a sound studios want emulated - Marco
Beltramis. Right from the start thats pretty much what I hear
in Urban Legend. The familiar strains of Beltramis other scores
(including Mimic) are spot on for the movie of course. Yet if youre
at all familiar with the music from those others its a huge distraction.
H20 suffered from this enormously on screen. Studios just dont
seem to have realised.
This promo disc shows the score to have legs beyond its limited screen pairing.
Its real highlight being the lullaby performed by a breathy sighing female
chorus in the initial cue and "The Lucky One". Here theres more of
the Young of horror days gone by. As soon as cue 2 ("Sexual Ax") explodes
though, its an all-too familiar ride.
I really want to say this is a great score in isolation. From Young its
an extended voice that is of interest in itself. As someone closely appreciative
of its predecessors however, Im just reserved for the sake of saving
others from the pangs of deja vu.