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The Skulls
(2000)
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Decca Records
(March 28th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the ease of harmony and theme that tends to accompany Randy Edelman in his synthetic scores for the genre of drama.

Avoid it... if you require the score to actually serve as an appropriate accompaniment for its film, for Edelman's music is far from a perfect fit.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #730
WRITTEN 3/25/00, REVISED 7/19/08
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Edelman
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The Skulls: (Randy Edelman) Secret societies at the college level can be fun, especially if they promise wealth, women, and wild times. Director Rob Cohen has a warning for those who would consider belonging to one, however, and it comes in form of the 2000 film The Skulls. A young man aspiring to become a law student at Yale is chosen to belong to "The Skulls," which is his only hope of financing his degree. Upon initiation, his relationships with his friends from his prior life become strained, and when one cautioning him about the Skulls is killed, the young man decides to learn the hard way that leaving the group is not recommended. The film remains among the worst by Cohen, failing to impress on any level. A clumsy script, incredibly poor acting, and a somewhat awkward score by regular collaborator Randy Edelman were all detriments. While Edelman's music for previous Cohen films had often sufficed or excelled, he misses the boat with The Skulls, producing music that is distracting in much of the film. The year 2000 was shaping up to be a weak one for Edelman, whose just previous The Whole Nine Yards was a frightful disappointment. The most interesting aspect of the music for The Skulls is that it does have redeeming value as a listening experience on album despite its problems in the film. It's yet another score that raises the debate about whether a synthetic score can function in a film that obviously needed significant depth in emotion and thematic development. With a film about the subtleties of trials and trust comes a need for nuance and suggestion in its music, and Edelman's often flowing, harmonious tendencies don't really address those needs. The Skulls has many trademark Edelman sounds, and it's in part because of these techniques that the music functions better on album than it does in key scenes within the film. In those regards, the fact that The Skulls is an electronic effort raises many of the same concerns about authenticity that came from his music for The Hunley television film the previous year. Still, while the ambience created by Edelman's synthetics can be predictable and tiresome, his themes are far more interesting.



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Total Time: 51:04
• 1. The Skulls (1:17)
• 2. Will's Funeral (1:52)
• 3. The Race (4:19)
• 4. The Duel (3:43)
• 5. "Watch Me" (1:30)
• 6. Ready to be Reborn (1:45)
• 7. Thorazine Hell (1:07)
• 8. Snake & Skeleton (2:21)
• 9. Trust (2:06)
• 10. Skull Island (1:06)
• 11. For a Friend (2:20)
• 12. Secret & Elite (1:24)
• 13. A Closed Membership (2:02)
• 14. No One is Safe (1:38)
• 15. Revisiting the Race (2:46)
• 16. Pictures (0:59)
• 17. Luke and Chloe (1:56)
• 18. Reprise (2:05)
• 19. Something About a Ceiling - performed by 3 Day Wheely (3:30)
• 20. Falling - performed by Eman (3:22)
• 21. Rigamarole - performed by BTK (3:46)
• 22. Taste - performed by Lorna Vallings (4:01)

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