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Enemy of the State
(1998)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gordon Goodwin

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Gordon Goodwin

Co-Produced by:
Paul Linford
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(November 17th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you aren't bothered by a predictable combination of the simple themes from Armageddon and the wildly frenetic, electronic chase cues from Con Air.

Avoid it... if you consider either or both of the above elements to be trashy, or if you expect your techno-thriller scores to exhibit some true sophistication.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #590
WRITTEN 12/21/98, REVISED 1/21/07
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Enemy of the State: (Trevor Rabin and Harry Gregson-Williams) The techno-thriller Enemy of the State is widely considered a stereotypical Tony Scott/Jerry Bruckheimer testosterone-laced chase flick, hailed as an above-average entry in an ever-growing list of films that seems to be weighed down on the latter end by disappointing flops. The film presents the idea that America's NSA had the capability in 1998 to spy on its own citizens in frightening ways, utilizing satellite technology to pinpoint people and conversations seemingly at will. And that was before George W. Bush got control of it. The subject of the film in this case is a labor lawyer who unwittingly comes in possession of evidence damning to the agency's top tier, and, with the help of a reluctant but brilliant ex-spy who has a stake in the game, they elude NSA agents while deciding what to do about the evidence. While Enemy of the State is a chase story, it is better remembered as a snapshot of government technology in the late 1990's, whether real or imagined, and it is along these technological lines that Scott and Bruckheimer's usual composer, Hans Zimmer, could have had a field day. While Zimmer was reportedly signed on to the project, time conflicts caused a handful of his Media Ventures pupils to take the assignment with little time to spare. The resulting score by Trevor Rabin and Harry Gregson-Williams is typically noted as an acceptable companion to the film, though it does absolutely nothing to distinguish itself from the field of other similar scores from the Zimmer factory at the time. Whether this was a comment on the composers' talents or the very short time with which they had to provide this music remains to be determined. When you look back at Enemy of the State almost a decade later, you can't help but get the feeling that music like this was primarily the brainchild of Trevor Rabin, for Harry Gregson-Williams has matured into such a more dynamic and intelligent composer in the following years.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 54:10
• 1. Main Title (2:43)
• 2. Enemy of the State Main Theme (2:55)
• 3. Brill's Theme (3:28)
• 4. The Ferry (1:16)
• 5. Hotel Chase Part 2 (3:45)
• 6. Zavitz Chase Part 1 (2:02)
• 7. NSA Research (2:35)
• 8. Brill and Dean Meet (4:13)
• 9. Free Ferry (0:37)
• 10. Nanny Drive (1:32)
• 11. Final Confrontation (8:43)
• 12. Coal Yard Part1 (3:42)
• 13. Face to Face (3:09)
• 14. The Tunnel Part 1 (1:57)
• 15. Coal Yard Part 2 (4:53)
• 16. Rachel's Found Dead (5:18)
• 17. Wish You Were Here (1:59)
(track times not listed on packaging)

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