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Soundtrack review: Aberdeen (Zbigniew Preisner – 2000)

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Soundtrack review: Aberdeen (Zbigniew Preisner – 2000)

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“Aberdeen” is the score for a Norwegian-British road movie about an apparently shallow girl who reconnects with her estranged father.

The main theme is tender and sensitive, made even more so by the soft female voice in the background. It is one of the Preisner themes that stuck with me since I first heard it. This theme though doesn’t really represent the score. As the music progresses, the composer uses guitars to give the feeling of road movie, and the cues are not particularly exciting. Most of them are quite forgettable, rather bland guitar motifs.

The beautiful main theme returns in a solo piano version midway through the score and breaks the lackluster rhythm of the album. Fortunately, the piano remains for the rest of the score and makes listening to it more bearable. The piano theme and the vocal background inserts are the only things I will be remembering from “Aberdeen”. I was actually surprised by the difference between the main theme and the rest of the score…

They often say that the journey is sometimes more important that the destination. The journey of Aberdeen though is made of two beautiful origin and destination points and a rather forgettable journey…

Cue rating: 61 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 11 / 41

Album excellence: 26%

 

Highlights:

Aberdeen – Beginning Of The Story

Aberdeen – Piano Version

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Aberdeen End Titles

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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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