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Soundtrack review: A walk among the tombstones (Carlos Rafael Rivera, 2014)

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Soundtrack review: A walk among the tombstones (Carlos Rafael Rivera, 2014)

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“A walk among the tombstones” is the latest movie starring Liam Neeson as an action hero. This time, he’s a former detective who takes cases as a private detective. From the trailer, the movie seems dark and entertaining, the usual thriller affair. Carlos Rafael Rivera wrote the score, his first one.

I imagine the main character is sad and brooding. I don’t imagine him being a man of many words. At least this is what the music tells me. There’s not a single action cue on this score, so I think it must be focused on the character. It’s a slow burning background score, sounding similar to 90s thriller scores. It lives right at the edge between interesting and forgettable. I actually have a hard time defining it. It’s not boring, not even close. It’s not exciting either. I didn’t find an excellent cue, a track I will remember once the score ends. I didn’t skip any cues either. It’s like this score lives out of time.

“A walk among the tombstones” is all about the general mood. In this sense, it does its job. I’m immersed in the mood it sets, so I suppose, in the end, this score will end up above the line. I’m sure there will be some moments when I will remember it and want to hear it again. “Drive to the cemetery” was the cue that convinced me. The end of the score, which begins there, actually cements its identity and makes me not count this half hour as lost. It is an album for special kind of moods. Rare mood, but there will be moments when it fits.

My ratings:

Cue rating: 60 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 0 / 31

Album excellence: 0%

 

 

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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