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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Alan Silvestri -- The Abyss (Soundtrack)


The Abyss is a decent film, and Alan Silvestri's music works well within that framework. However, when taken on its own, this score leaves quite a lot to be desired. This is one of those soundtracks that is impossible to listen to in your car. The majority is too quiet to even be heard, forcing you to turn up the volume. Sudden blaring surges of bombast quickly force you to turn the knob back down, but then it is too quiet again. Headphones don't remedy this. Most of the music between the bombast just isn't too interesting. This disc works best when Silvestri is channeling Bernard Herrman or even Silvestri's previous, stronger work on Back to the Future. While the score has its moments, it only really works on the screen behind glowing manta rays and anthropomorphic arms of water.

1989 Varèse Sarabande
1. Main Title 1:31
2. Search the Montana 1:56
3. The Crane 2:00
4. Manta Ship 6:23
5. Pseudopod 5:37
6. Fight 1:46
7. Sub Battle 3:18
8. Lindsey Drowns 4:43
9. Resurrection 1:59
10. Bud's Big Dive 6:09
11. Bud on the Ledge 3:14
12. Back on the Air 1:40
13. Finale 6:46


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