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(2007)
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Conducted by:
Mike Nowak
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Lakeshore Records
(April 24th, 2007)
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Buy it... if no summer blockbuster score would be complete for you without a healthy dose of electronic bass, simplistic chord progressions, drum pads, and predictable light percussion.

Avoid it... if you expect Mark Isham's attempt to combine a Media Ventures sound with his own orchestral creativity to cause the end product to transcend an unsatisfyingly predictable outcome.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #906
WRITTEN 4/20/07
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Next: (Mark Isham) Isn't it natural to assume that if you had the unexplainable ability to see a few minutes into the future, your first choice of action would be to move to Las Vegas? Nicolas Cage's character does, and he's a magician living off of his gambling winnings while hiding from government agencies that would love him to be their own fortune teller. When the threat of a nuclear bomb arises in Los Angeles, the FBI seeks to capture the gifted man and use his ability to help avoid the tragedy. For Paramount, the early summer potential at a blockbuster would steer them in the direction of a soundtrack typical of such heated testosterone, which is why the choice of Mark Isham as composer for the project was somewhat surprising. Perhaps more than any other composer currently working in the industry, Isham is an artist from whom you never know what to expect. His recent orchestral masterpieces for The Black Dahlia and Racing Stripes have begun to cast away the memories of such uninspired duds as Twisted and Don't Say a Word, while some of the more notable projects from his past ten years include entries like Men of Honor and Rules of Engagement, scores that are competent but not necessarily particularly interesting. Despite his significant contribution to film music since the late 1980's, one area intriguingly short in his career is that of major, blockbuster action films. The circumstances of the story in Next lead to endless possibilities for a creative score, one that foreshadows, reprises, and manipulates its components to mirror the primary character's abilities in the film. The most telling aspect of the score for Next is that despite Isham's wide range of talents, his end product here is a rather mundane and predictable action score. His orchestral ensemble is sizable, but so is his electronic library, and almost immediately you will hear an awkward combination of Isham's own understated thematic sensibilities and the brute synthetic force of an average Media Ventures effort. The resulting mix is moderately interesting, but ultimately disappointing given the opportunities that this score could have explored.



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Brendan Cochran - May 12, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
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generic and boring
Sucklefish - April 15, 2008, at 2:21 a.m.
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - January 2, 2008, at 4:02 p.m.
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Alternate review of Next at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - April 26, 2007, at 10:18 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:36
• 1. 8:09 (2:10)
• 2. Give Me Two Minutes (3:19)
• 3. Destiny (2:07)
• 4. Pier 18 (3:37)
• 5. Carlotti Defines (2:50)
• 6. A Few Minutes of Your Time (3:19)
• 7. Multiple Point Surveillance (2:34)
• 8. Who Knows What's Safe (4:04)
• 9. Breaking News (4:08)
• 10. Second and Broadway (2:44)
• 11. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (2:06)
• 12. Looking for a License Plate (2:09)
• 13. Shadow Group (2:04)
• 14. All Elements Execute! (2:05)
• 15. A Show of Character (3:39)
• 16. I Believe Anything's Possible (3:41)

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