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Comments about the soundtrack for Paycheck (John Powell)

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Promising sounds
• Posted by: Phil   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at 11:41 p.m.
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The clips so far sound great. John Powell has a real knack for sounding modern, stylish and cool. The one thing about Powell that I noticed was he started off great in terms of using the orchestra in Face/Off. He then sort of regressed in the Bourne Identity, using only strings for much of it. In the Italian Job, he's a bit more melodic and it seems he's returned to more use of the orchestra. Now I'm pleased to see that continuing with Paycheck. If anything, he's evidently good at melding contemporary and classical sounds (a very important skill nowadays in composing, it seems).

And I agree there is a Bondian sound to at least one of the cues (Hog Chase), what with the brass. But I don't mind it at all (being a Bond fan) and I actually think it shows flexibility and diversity in composing. I'll have to hear more to give this a true review, but so far, it sounds promising, like Powell himself (one of the more unique voices among composers right now).


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