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Greyhound
(2020)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Conducted by:
Blake Neely

Produced by:
Greg Hayes
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Lakeshore Records
(July 10th, 2020)
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Commercial digital release, with high resolution options available, including a CD pressed by Rambling Records in Japan and sold as an import in America for an initial price of $50.
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Buy it... for the lovely and lengthy closing cue of symphonic reverence, an overdue reward for the otherwise inappropriate, distracting, and poorly conceived music for the suspense and action sequences.

Avoid it... if you still cannot reconcile the use of heavy synthetic manipulation for the music of an otherwise realistic World War II film, Blake Neely losing the battle for this one in the conceptual phases.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,974
WRITTEN 2/14/21
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Greyhound: (Blake Neely) Perhaps nobody was more frustrated by the impact of the 2020 global pandemic on the schedule of a cinematic release than actor Tom Hanks, who wrote the screenplay for the year's Greyhound and starred in the lead role. The Sony production was released instead by Apple digitally, and while the film received somewhat positive critical marks, it fizzled amongst the competition. The story of Greyhound follows the commander of an American destroyer tasked with leading the defense of a World War II convoy across the Atlantic despite German U-boat resistance. The harrowing journey during the portion of the crossing without air cover is highlighted by several extremely brutal battles between the Allied and Nazi vessels, with losses significant on both sides. Hanks' performance as the commander is steady but not spectacular, and the special effects of the naval warfare varies greatly from impressive to obnoxiously fake. Enthusiasts of naval films will love the shots of the destroyers turning and passing each other at flank speed over high seas, even if the ships aren't actually real. It's a film that strives for the realism of an immersive wartime experience, with inspiration from Saving Private Ryan and Dunkirk mixed with classic submarine and destroyer chase films like The Enemy Below. The film is a tight 90 minutes in length, and while much of it would have been better served by silence and the strength of sound effects and the ocean, the production opted for a significant amount of original music to be used. As a producer, Hanks had worked with composer Blake Neely on multiple occasions, and being a veteran of Hans Zimmer's Remote Control clone factory, including ghostwriting on some of his scores in the 2000's, Neely was well capable of writing music in the style of Dunkirk for Greyhound. The assignment represented a fantastic opportunity for Neely to jump from the small to big screen, so he was a casualty of the pandemic's havoc on cinema as well. Listeners might recall that Neely provided music for Hanks' "The Pacific" television series in 2010, though Greyhound sounds nothing like that. It's clear that the composer approached this film as a horror thriller with a tinge of Americana where appropriate, because the general tone of the score is both vicious and nasty at great lengths.


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These reviews are Communist drivel
Viperstick - March 18, 2021, at 9:11 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 76:48
• 1. First Crossing (4:23)
• 2. I'll Always Be Looking For You (1:17)
• 3. Huff Duff (6:35)
• 4. From Beneath (9:13)
• 5. First Kill (1:03)
• 6. Distress Signal (2:58)
• 7. Nightfall Dangers (4:47)
• 8. Dog Watch (1:01)
• 9. Surrounded (5:33)
• 10. It's Not Enough (3:03)
• 11. Here They Come (2:14)
• 12. Out of Depth (2:26)
• 13. Torpedoes (6:10)
• 14. Lost Souls (4:27)
• 15. Ships Passing in the Night (3:10)
• 16. Scrambled Message (2:03)
• 17. Bring Hell Down From on High (6:51)
• 18. But at What Cost? (9:40)

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