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Comments about the soundtrack for Red Heat (James Horner)

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o_O   Sunday, September 23, 2007 (11:45 a.m.) 

One of (if not THE) most unusual Score Horner has written since his career started. But while this is definately one of Horners' worst scores it dont deserve the *-Rating, because the Album has at least some good points:
The Choral Pieces are cool. The original pieces may not be from Horner and the 'Philosophy'-Chanting is kinda stupid but nontheless I like these Pieces. May it be the Bombast, the Russian Text or Horners Finishing touches... I don't care. Both tracks deserve a ****-Rating. The Rest of the Music is almost completely electronic (the one exception seems to be 'Russian Streets' with has some orchestral underscore but this could be samples) and you should cut Horner some slack for writing something that is still recognizable as his work but on the other hand sometimes completely different to the rest of his work.
Take 'Cleanhead Bust' for instance, by far the craziest piece of Sound Horner has ever sticked together. I mean: The Sax-Whale Noises, come on, either this is Ornette Coleman ('Naked Lunch') on drugs or its some insane Goldenthal-Material gone horribly wrong. I was rolling on the floor, laughing, literally. :D:D

The rest of the Music is either underscore or chase Music similar to Gorky Park or Commando but without the Orchestra. Actually you can find complete snippets from Commando here, alongside bells from 'Name of the Rose' and of course Horners' trusted Shakuhachi. Its weird, alright, but in some way a fun-listen. A guilty pleasure, so to say. Sadly, the melody from the Opening is not repeated until the last track. The Score could have used some slower statements from this theme in its underscore to represent the Russian Cop.
Of course, compared to Horners' other scores this is somewhat of a weak effort. Because it is less complex than 'Commandos' (a ***-Score IMO) and dind't have its sometimes strong orchestral background) I can give it only two Stars.
Nontheless, I kinda like it... in a 'dont take it too serious'-kind of way.


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