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Jason Bourne
(2016)
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Composed and Produced by:
John Powell
David Buckley

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Tommy Laurence
Geoff Lawson

Co-Programmed and Co-Arranged by:
John Ashton Thomas
James McKee Smith

Additional Music and Arrangements by:
Batu Sener
Luke Richards
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July 29th, 2016)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if your admiration of John Powell's music for the concept can tolerate a disappointingly routine entry that fails to musically enhance the drama or narrative of the plotline beyond its simple, rhythmic adrenaline rush.

Avoid it... if you expect more than just a few minutes of the score material to compete in your memory with the impressive new Moby rendition of the "Extreme Ways" song for the end credits.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,639
WRITTEN 9/16/16
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Jason Bourne: (John Powell/David Buckley) After 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, director Paul Greengrass and main actor Matt Damon excused themselves from the franchise while it lurched forward with the forgettable 2012 spin-off, The Bourne Legacy. The original crew eventually reunited for a fourth proper Bourne-related film in 2016, however, and Jason Bourne resurrected the franchise's box office prowess despite its intensely violent killing sequences. No longer as inspired directly from a Robert Ludlum novel, the titular former CIA operative spends this fourth film finally learning the remaining parameters of his past, including his familial connections to the agency and the true intentions of its leadership. After the often gruesome deaths of the majority of the story's characters, Bourne has answers but no easy solutions, setting up the potential for additional direct sequels, crew permitting. The music for this franchise has never been fantastic outside of context, though John Powell's late replacement score for The Bourne Identity is often credited with unintentionally starting the cello action ostinato craze that followed in the subsequent decade of chase scenes on the big screen. Powell's music for the franchise improved in dramatic scope with his sequels, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, before James Newton Howard's stand-in work for The Bourne Legacy disappointed with its rather faceless imitation of Powell's base sound and no new avenues of exploration. For Jason Bourne, Powell returns, though primary compositional credit is shared with collaborator and synthetics expert David Buckley. There has been much speculation about why Buckley's greater role existed in this score, though there was likely a combination of many factors at work. Powell had shown a personal distaste for mindless action films in the late 2000's, thus explaining his concentration on the children's genre. He was also dealing with the death of his wife at the time of production for Jason Bourne, and while this return to a familiar soundscape was a welcome distraction, it could not compete with the issues pertaining to Powell's grief. There's also the artistic argument to made, one that suggests that the ever-increasing role of technology in these films requires a better developed electronic presence in the soundscape, and Buckley certainly steps up that element in Jason Bourne.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 61:12
• 1. I Remember Everything (2:08)
• 2. Backdoor Breach (3:56)
• 3. Converging in Athens (4:20)
• 4. Motorcycle Chase (8:57)
• 5. A Key to the Past (1:42)
• 6. Berlin (2:02)
• 7. Decrypted (5:32)
• 8. Flat Assault (2:50)
• 9. Paddington Plaza (6:48)
• 10. White Van Plan (2:48)
• 11. Vegas Arrival (2:50)
• 12. Following the Target (2:48)
• 13. Strip Chase (5:48)
• 14. An Interesting Proposal (2:10)
• 15. Let Me Think About It (2:26)
• 16. Extreme Ways (Jason Bourne Remix)* (4:55)
* written by Richard Hall, performed by Moby

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