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• Posted by: Sean O'Neill   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, January 14, 2007, at 11:08 a.m.
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(The following donated review by Sean O'Neill was moved by Filmtracks to this comment section in January, 2007)

Deep Rising (Jerry Goldsmith) Deep Rising is one of those
soundtracks that you would go listen to at a record store, which is what
I did instead of just having the pleasure of bringing it home and then
having to return it. Goldsmith's music unfortunantly doesn't elaborate
too well on that slimy snake (or whatever it is that's getting them this
time). See, Goldsmith did marvelous work with scores like The Edge
and Ghost and the Darkness, which shows or gives face to the
bear or flesh-eating lion. That's just one of Goldsmith's problems
with Deep Rising.

The other is the lack of a dominating theme throughout the score, which
both Ghost and the Darkness and The Edge have, whether it be
an adventure or a theme for the creature. In The Edge, Goldsmith
used a trombone so that you know the bear's coming and there's no stopping Bart
(as in the bear's name in real life). But then some character starts to
show in the music, beginning with track seven. It sounded almost as if
the Raisuli stepped on the set --if you don't know what I'm talking about
maybe go listen to "Raisuli Attacks" from Goldsmith's own, The Wind and
The Lion. Goldsmith did a really excellent job with track eight, an
adventure theme begins to play out but it's unfortunantly brief.

Overall, IMO, this score is very much uneventful like that of Alien , in a
non-characteristic way of alien or creature music. Please listen to my
recommendation and go buy The Edge or Ghost and the Darkness
instead. They are so much better... and they have a theme! **

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