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Spenser Confidential
(2020)
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Composed and Performed by:

Additional Music by:
Jared Fry
Nathan Whitehead

Co-Produced by:
Neil Moritz
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BMG Rights Management
(March 6th, 2020)
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Buy it... if you have a soft spot for action comedy scores that offer nothing funny, exhilarating, dramatic, scary, or touching while also ignoring all facets of storytelling.

Avoid it... if you honestly wonder how Steve Jablonsky makes a living providing music that so delicately balances the realms of dreary boredom and hideous noise.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,966
WRITTEN 1/3/21
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Spenser Confidential: (Steve Jablonsky) The collaboration between director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg continues in 2020's buddy cop comedy action flick, Spenser Confidential, with Wahlberg once again producing the project as a vehicle for his tough-guy self. There's really nothing new to see in this fourth-generation knock-off of the Lethal Weapon concept, Wahlberg is a police detective who spends five years in prison for assaulting his corrupt boss and then busting the crime ring that boss and his own partner are associated with upon his release. It's a whole lot of chasing, posturing, shoving people against walls, ramming cars into other cars, and talking in colorful language about drug deals. The story was inspired by Ace Atkins' 2013 novel, "Robert B. Parker's Wonderland," but doesn't actually follow much of its narrative, and critics weren't impressed. But the film was dumped on Netflix at the start of the 2020 pandemic lockdowns, so it became one of the year's more widely viewed diversions. Berg collaborated with composer Steve Jablonsky on Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor, and Battleship prior, so it's no surprise that similarly synthetic music was asked of the Remote Control spin-off for Spenser Confidential. Jablonsky is not known for the most thoughtful, high-quality music in Hollywood, his scores often basically functional and little more. In the case of the movies made by Berg, much of this body of work is truly awful, Deepwater Horizon and Battleship containing particularly hideous electronic "music" that has become the subject of endless jokes in the film music community. The composer's approach to Spenser Confidential isn't much more substantial, the basic ingredients all the same. Jablonsky infuses absolutely zero style to address the comedic portions of the work, nor does he supply any character to the music to acknowledge the Boston setting. Instead, he rummages through his library of sampled electronic sounds and loops them endlessly under occasional guitars, bass, Hammond organ, or keyboards that do little to enunciate anything important relating to the story. The score for Spenser Confidential is, in short, the kind of music you'd expect a computer to generate if you instructed it to provide the most conservatively generic contemporary thriller music possible. The result would be neither unique nor smart, making one wonder how much a guy like Jablonsky is paid to arrange sampled sounds in loops for a living.


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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 54:09
• 1. The Trial (2:27)
• 2. Squeeb (1:45)
• 3. Driscoll (1:43)
• 4. Pearl (1:06)
• 5. Boylan Murdered (3:46)
• 6. Terrence Graham (1:34)
• 7. Is This Revenge? (3:21)
• 8. WTF is a Cloud (1:35)
• 9. Spencer Investigates (4:21)
• 10. Yellow Corvette (2:01)
• 11. Tracksuit Charlie (5:07)
• 12. One World Only (4:04)
• 13. In Deep (1:56)
• 14. The Pony Express (1:25)
• 15. Whole Lotta Drugs (2:15)
• 16. They Got Henry (1:48)
• 17. Wonderland (1:48)
• 18. Hawk Has a Plan (3:49)
• 19. Let's Go (3:19)
• 20. Spencer's Theme (4:59)

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