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Comments about the soundtrack for Rob Roy (Carter Burwell)

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Rob Roy, A Burwellian masterpiece,
• Posted by: Gallows
• Date: Saturday, October 4, 2003, at 9:59 p.m.
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Well, sometimes I agree with the reviews here and sometimes I just can't.
This is a case of I can't.
And while the masses embraced the score from Braveheart (I as well), Burwell's Rob Roy is the score that still resonates with me strongest.
It is unfair to compare the two. They are so different. But after repeated listening to Horner's Braveheart it began to lose (on a whole) the hook that grabbed me so powerfully from the first listen. I cannot say the same for Rob Roy. Burwell's score is as powerful and haunting as it is beautiful and stirring. And with the same repeated listening I only crave more.

To be sure it is a question of individual taste. The above review describes at length that the "Highland score more saturated in Gaelic instrumentation and rhythms" is too overbearing. It may be. But as a period film Rob Roy benefits greatly from Burwell's approach. It's a different animal. And thank goodness it is. Without a traditional Hollywood epic score, Rob Roy has a more authentic feel. Not at all the same tired thing that continues to be churned out in most epic period films. This is music that I highly recommend for any score lover. Five stars all the way.

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