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Soundtrack review: Shipwrecked (Patrick Doyle, 1992)

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Soundtrack review: Shipwrecked (Patrick Doyle, 1992)

Shipwrecked is a Norwegian adventure movie from 1990. I have to admit I didn’t expect much from this score, because I’m usually not a big fan of jolly and light scores. But I ignored the fact that I was listening to a Patrick Doyle score…He can sprinkle even the lightest of subjects with poignant and exciting pieces. The more I listen to and rediscover his scores this month, the more amazed I am at how good he is. There’s hardly a boring cue in his entire body of work, I can find joy and excitement in every score.
…so Shipwrecked becomes a very fun and enjoyable listen instead of the slightly boring 37 minutes I was expecting. I feel the adventure; I am part of it, the score invites me into the story and makes me go through the emotions it brings. I listened even to cues I would have normally skipped, just for the joy of looking for hidden gems or of finding even those small pieces of a track that I really love.
This way, I found 15 minutes of excellence, and I am very satisfied. A quarter of an hour of great music is a mighty bounty to get from a score like this. Yes, the rest of the album is rather generic, but its Patrick Doyle adventure music generic, and this is good.  Especially love that the best cues of the album come at the end (“Home to Norway”, “End titles – part I” and “End titles – Part II”) and they feel like a great reward for giving this score a chance.
“Shipwrecked” is not a score I will return to often, if ever, but I will keep a very pleasant memory of it. We spent a lovely an adventurous quarter of an hour together once…
My ratings:
Cue rating: 70 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 15 / 38
Album excellence: 39%
Cues to listen to:
Off To The Sea
The Flora Departs
The Chase
Home To Norway
End Titles – Part I
End Titles – Part II
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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