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Assault On Precinct 13 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Graeme Revell

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Album Review

It's ironic that the score for the original version of Assault on Precinct 13, composed and produced by director John Carpenter on his own, remains more powerful and menacing than Graeme Revell's score to Jean-François Richet's 2005 remake. This says more about Carpenter's accomplishment with limited means than anything else. Revell's work with the City of Prague Philharmonic is satisfactory, switching gears between sweeping dramatic motifs and quiet passages so foreboding that they're disquieting. Those who have seen the original Assault on Precinct 13 probably have its main synth vamp in permanent memory; Revell could've livened up his take with a couple sly references to it. "Generique Assault," the lone cut with vocals, features rhymes from KRS-One that will surely gain at least a couple comparisons to Bobby Brown's Ghostbusters 2 hit, "On Our Own."

Biography

Born: 23 October 1955 in Auckland, New Zealand

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Coming into the public eye with his brooding score for the 1989 Australian film Dead Calm, composer Graeme Revell has gone on to score films for directors such as John Woo, Wim Wenders, Robert Rodriguez, Ted Demme, and Michael Mann. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1955, Revell graduated from the University of Auckland with degrees in economics and politics. His skills as a classically trained pianist assisted him as a member of the experimental industrial rock group SPK. Cinematic theatrics were...
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