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Album Review

Hans Zimmer protégé Harry Gregson-Williams' name is most closely associated with animated features (Shrek, Antz, Chicken Run), but he has also worked on action pictures like The Replacement Killers and The Rock, and so he is right at home for Spy Game. Like Zimmer, he maintains parallel interests in traditional symphonic scoring and in heavily programmed music, and this lengthy score seems designed to show off his versatile talents. Tracking a globe-hopping adventure tale, he dips into various ethnic styles, making room for Middle Eastern vocals (courtesy of Khosro Ansari) on "Explosion & Aftermath," for example, and seems to delight in sudden juxtapositions, such as in "Red Shirt," where a grand symphonic theme emerges four minutes into the track after lots of percussion programming, only to submerge again. Similarly, a calm piano theme begins "You're Going to Miss It," then gives way to electronic effects. There may be some hope for electronica and dance crossover here in tracks like "Training Montage," and in the two remixes that close the disc. This is music for a fast-paced thriller with a lot of exotic settings, and it no doubt helps get hearts pounding in movie theaters, even if it is a bit too various for its own good as a merely aural experience.

Customer Reviews

Intense, Emotion-Driven = Good

Great soundtrack. Gregson-Williams is a composer whose style is very distinct from other movie score composers. He implementes electronic beats now and then, like in "Muir Races to Work" or the theme-driven "Training Montage," and then changes back to a more traditional set of music in times of intensity and emotion and can really bring out your emotions as well. That's what G-Dubya is about: a cool, mixed style of composing, mixing beats and sound effects that bring out the intensity of the traditional horns, violins, and percussions. Especially coming from his previous works like the Metal Gear: Solid series, this movie, and now recently, Deja Vu, he has a style that sets him apart from the other famous scorers of today's film industry. Four stars indeed. This soundtrack is also a great aid for studying or concentration.

Great Instrumental Soundtrack

This movie was great, but Gregson-Williams was a big reason. The soundtrack is modern, passionate, esoteric, heart-pounding, and beautiful. A great mix. Great to listen to while driving, cleaning, whatever.

Always...

Although still young in his career, Harry Gregson-Williams has carved out a place for himself in the music division of hollywood. Time and time again he proves his talent and ear for music with such scores as Man on fire, Kingdom of Heaven, and Spy Game, although some movies hes composed for are questionable (Chicken Run, Sinbad, Shrek 1-2). This soundtrack and most of Harry's other soundtracks have the ability to not disappoint and are highly recommended, enjoy.

Biography

Born: December 13, 1961 in England

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Harry Gregson-Williams is an award-winning film composer from Great Britain who began making his mark on the Hollywood film industry around the turn of the century. Born on December 13, 1961, in England, he began his career as a music teacher, working at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, among other schools. While he began working as a film composer in the early '90s, his big break came when he was taken under the wings of Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer during the mid-'90s. He worked...
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