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Evolution
(2001)
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Composed, Arranged, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Walter Fowler
Suzzette Moriarty
Ladd McIntosh
Elizabeth Finch

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 12th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek what essentially sounds like a faithful extension of John Powell's contribution to Chicken Run the previous year.

Avoid it... if you value consistency in your large-scale comedy scores, because outside of ten minutes of strong highlights, this music is all over the map.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #559
WRITTEN 6/22/01, REVISED 2/8/09
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Evolution: (John Powell) The idea of combining Ivan Reitman, the reliable director of Ghostbusters, with the comic book, alien appeal of Men in Black must have seemed like a winner before production began. Billing itself as the biggest alien invasion comedy film of the summer of 2001, Evolution unfortunately failed because of its poor casting and jokes that weren't funny enough to sustain the picture. Reitman's attempt to substitute a group of professional ghostbusters with a group of professional alien investigators fell flat, greeted with half-hearted enthusiasm by audiences and generally poor reviews. The film features a John Powell score that slipped below the radar of most film score collectors who looked upon the predictable music with much of the same indifference. The previous summer's major film score surprise was the wild Chicken Run, which Powell co-authored with Media Ventures associate Harry Gregson-Williams. With addictive enthusiasm, Chicken Run offered a glimpse at a maturing composition style that combined the traditional electronic and mixing elements of a Hans Zimmer-student score with a more energetic and fuller orchestral sound. Powell alone continued to elaborate on this evolution of his scoring techniques, utilizing both a very reasonably sized orchestra and his typical synthesizers in an extension of that same sound for Evolution. While this score, in the coordination of its parts, may not be as refreshing or impressive as Chicken Run, the two scores could easily function as companion pieces for one another in your collection. The music for Evolution is a less complicated effort, catering towards three or four basic kinds of scenes in the film with workmanlike efficiency. It can easily be divided into cues which accompany chases, awe-inspiring revelations of alien life, and the pseudo-scary scenes of close-up investigations of those creatures.



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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - June 2, 2007, at 8:32 a.m.
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Song in the car!   Expand >>
Zintis - January 5, 2007, at 3:16 a.m.
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Nicolas Rodriguez Quiles - May 20, 2005, at 7:53 a.m.
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John Powell! Welcome to my score collection!
Michael Björk - January 11, 2003, at 1:57 p.m.
1 comment  (2031 views)
Evolution singing
James Lista - February 13, 2002, at 6:40 p.m.
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John Powell's Rise To Fame
Todd - August 6, 2001, at 10:55 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 40:27
• 1. The Meteor (0:53)
• 2. Cells Divide (1:23)
• 3. In the Hall by the Pool (1:42)
• 4. The Army Arrives (1:08)
• 5. The Ira Kane? (1:12)
• 6. Fruit Basket for Russell Woodman (0:44)
• 7. The Water Hazard (0:46)
• 8. Burgled (1:14)
• 9. The Forest (2:11)
• 10. The Cave Waltz (1:02)
• 11. Blue Fly (1:27)
• 12. Cutie Pie (2:18)
• 13. Animal Attack (1:10)
• 14. Dino Valley (2:04)
• 15. The Mall Chase (4:32)
• 16. Monitors Out (2:40)
• 17. Room for One More (1:28)
• 18. Fire (0:42)
• 19. Selenium (1:08)
• 20. The Fire Truck (2:29)
• 21. The Amoeba Emerges (2:14)
• 22. To Go Where No Man Has Gone Before (3:28)
• 23. Our Heroes (2:22)

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