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Comments about the soundtrack for Around the World in 80 Days (Trevor Jones)

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• Posted by: dagwill
• Date: Saturday, August 14, 2004, at 3:54 a.m.
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"Around the world in 80 days" is a very weird score in many respects - mainly because you really, really want to like it, but it becomes very hard after the first few tracks. The inspiration is fairly obvious - the opening titles sound like a mix between Silvestri's "Back to the Future" and "The Mummy Returns", which is never a bad thing; but what Jones fails to do is carry the score on the way Silvestri does so magnificently. Fair enough, there is a good number of exciting noises, much rolling of drums, much cymbal riffing, but no real continuity to be found. What was to be found in Silvestri's scores was a fair use of the main theme, (a lot of it in the case of "Back to the Future", which is great since the title theme is so good), and a lot of extra little themes, that weave in and out and somehow form a coherent whole. Jones unfortunately seems to have only gotten to grips with one musical idea before he jumps on to something else. That, and the score is really, really thrown over the top at times - yes, I am referring to the French Can Can reference, which honestly made wince, amongst others. Also, sometimes - I'm partly hating myself for this - it becomes a little too ethnic, cornering on the bizarre, or the ridiculous. Added to that the first song in the soundtrack which is like being basted alive in sweet, hot treacle - it didn't deserve the four stars it got. If only Jones had managed to continue on the same track as the opening titles, then the score would truly have been amazing. To me it becomes a jumble of noises and half-started ideas.

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