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• Posted by: Jason Hasta   <Send E-Mail>
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Deep Blue Sea: (Trevor Rabin) Although 1999 has brought us some good flicks, I feel that the amount of good scores released this year is very, very low. So, when I heard that Rabin was doing the score for an upcoming Renny Harlin film, I had high expectations (for both the score and the film). Rabin, in my opinion, is one of the better composers we've recieved in the past few years, and is definitely one of my favorites as of now. After watching a movie with a score composed by Rabin, it's hard to leave the theatre without a bit of his score stuck in your head. Expecting Deep Blue Sea to be a current Jaws remake, I was not sure of what to expect of the score. After seeing the film, and realizing it was more of an Aliens, I realized why Rabin was chosen to do this score.

Deep Blue Sea, in my opinion, is the funnest movie realeased this year. From start to finish, the movie is non-stop action, hence, the score is also. Consisting of a few major themes (similar to the ones in last year's Armageddon), Rabin provides us with great music throughout the whole movie. Unfortunately, the score on CD is only 30 minutes, and the titles are horribly labelled and not placed in the proper order. But, this has no effect on me because I bought this CD for one reason: the music.

The first track on the CD, Aftermath, is a quiet, peaceful, soothing track that immediately grabs your attention. After 2 or 3 listens, I had already memorized the theme used in the track. Susan Softens, the 2nd track, is another soft track that starts out with a piano peace and is very similar to the first track. Journey, the 3rd track, starts out with a slow, rock and roll sort of theme, and then suprisingly pumps up half way through the track into an above average action theme. Main Titles (why it is the 4th track on the CD is beyond me), is an excellent track to start out the movie, one of the scarier tracks on the CD, definitely signaling the sharks are present in the movie. The 5th, Hunting in Packs, is a nice exotic track that is again an unheard theme, and an excellent one at that. Track 6, Experiment, starts out fairly slow and dull, but minutes into it develops into a soft, heroic theme. Jim Returns, track 7, is extremely short, but extremely good. Short buildup, very nicely done. The 8th, Shark Side, is a tense, non-thematic track that unfortunately lasts longer than most of the better tracks, but it is not bad. The 9th, Anarchy, is by far the best track on the CD. Starting out with pure chaos music, it soon perfectly develops into "the" perfect heroic theme. This theme has got to be one of the most enjoyable I've heard for a long while. Docter's Order, the 10th and last track, is a very short track, almost identicle to Aftermath, and a perfect conclusion for the score.

Though I explained these tracks in very brief detail, I will say not that this score is a gold mine. Hans Zimmer proved in The Thin Red Line that 2 extremely good tracks satisifies most, even if the rest are complete duds. So, you can imagine how incredibly much I respect this score due to the fact that there is not one bad track on the entire CD. Rabin surprised the hell out of me with Armageddon, it, being one of my favorite scores of 1998. He has suprised me even more with Deep Blue Sea, and made him my second favorite composer, right behind Hans Zimmer. As with all his scores, Deep Blue Sea is extremely refreshing and a total joy to listen to. *****

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