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Those Who Wish Me Dead
(2021)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Dana Nui
Robert Elhai
Brad Warnaar

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony

Co-Produced by:
Joe Lisanti
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WaterTower Music
(May 7th, 2021)
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Commercial digital release only, with high resolution options.
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Buy it... if you can zone out to softly suspenseful ambience of tonally accessible simplicity, Brian Tyler taking a surprisingly low-key approach to this thriller.

Avoid it... if you expect the composer to address the location of the tale or supply interesting action material despite his unconventional burning of a leading instrument while playing it.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #2,007
WRITTEN 5/31/21
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Those Who Wish Me Dead: (Brian Tyler) The last thing you need when you're trying to escape a forest fire is to be the target of assassins at the same time. Such is the troubled premise of Taylor Sheridan's 2021 thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead, taking place not far from the locale of the director's "Yellowstone" series. An accountant discovers a murder and runs to seek protection from a rural sheriff. On the way there, he is assassinated, his young son escaping into the Montana forests with evidence of the original crime. With the bad guys in pursuit, the boy happens upon the sheriff's ex-girlfriend, who is a smokejumper-turned-lookout. The remainder of the movie involves the cat and mouse game between these characters, but the drama is complicated when the assassins intentionally start a forest fire that threatens them all. Although the movie was moderately successful, Angelina Jolie was badly miscast in the smokejumper role, her persona and appearance simply incompatible for the task. The simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max release represented the most major assignment for composer Brian Tyler in a few years, and he approached it with his usual flair for the flamboyant. While one might expect Tyler to treat the scenery in the same way Trevor Jones did so brilliantly with the similarly plotted Cliffhanger, he does nothing in his music to address the majesty of the locale. In fact, there's nothing really Western about this score at all, its suspenseful rendering just as suitable for an urban setting as the forests of Montana. For all of Tyler's intellectualized pondering of how to supply the concept of fire with an interesting musical personality, he lost the bigger picture. Still, his score for Those Who Wish Me Dead is adequate at its basic purpose, though it might be far more ambient than you would expect. The aforementioned experimentation Tyler undertook for this recording was the use of a burning cello to represent the tone of his fire motif. He literally recorded himself playing a burning cello until he could no longer do so. (The insurance companies must have been thrilled that he didn't ask anyone else to risk a workers' compensation claim.) While moderately amusing, this technique didn't achieve any sound that couldn't have been rendered by other means, and nothing in the music screams out "this is the sound of a cello and its bow literally on fire." Rather, the decently sized orchestral ensemble is joined by an array of electronics that produce a surprisingly gloomy but oddly relaxing listening experience for much of its length.


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Total Time: 62:10
• 1. Those Who Wish Me Dead (Main Theme) (4:05)
• 2. Elegy for a Soul (2:20)
• 3. Opus (5:11)
• 4. Lament (2:36)
• 5. Embers (4:16)
• 6. The Beauty of Time (2:21)
• 7. Glimmer of Hope (1:18)
• 8. The Love of a Father (2:06)
• 9. Shadow Mechanics (7:07)
• 10. Presence (2:35)
• 11. Mind Heart Conflation (3:29)
• 12. Lightning Strikes (5:08)
• 13. A Burning Cello (2:44)
• 14. Zero Sum Game (4:23)
• 15. The Calm Inside the Storm (1:05)
• 16. Ultimatum (7:21)
• 17. Those Who Wish Me Dead Finale (4:06)

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