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Soundtrack review: Riot Club (Kasper Winding – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Riot Club (Kasper Winding – 2014)


“Riot Club” is a movie that takes place amongst the privileged elite at Oxford University and it is the story of two first year students who try to join the so called “Riot Club”. The score is written by Danish musician Kasper Winding.

The opening cue “Riot club intro” is an almost sinister rock Mozart track that sets the mood for the entire score. We got the sophisticated symphonic part to show the Oxford upper class, the rock rhythms to show the mischievous nature of the main characters and the stabbing beats to let us know that things are going to get bad at some point. This first track is quite schizophrenic and it’s one of the most interesting from this score.

The main theme of the movie is nice and melodic. It comes back later, as the main character’s mood changes, in a slowed down form. I connect “Riot club” in its middle part. “Dinner preparations”, “Charlie’s arrival” and “Birthday cake” were the most pleasant cues to listen to. They seemed to be driving the score somewhere, but then the mood changed once again.

“Riot club” is a mix of a lot of styles. We have melodic tracks, suspenseful ones, techno beats, rock tunes and atmospheric cues. The way the movie develops probably asked for that, but for a standalone listen, this variation isn’t very good because it lacks cohesion and a true identity. Taken separately, many of the cues are interesting and enjoyable. As a whole though, I don’t feel they necessarily fit together…Still, I leave this score with a pleasant feeling, because “Alistair’s triumph” and “Love theme” give it a beautiful and heartfelt ending.

Cue rating: 66 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 9 / 39

Album excellence: 26%


Riot Club Theme

Dinner Preparation

Charlie’s Arrival

Birthday Cake

Lauren’s Humiliation

Alistair’s Triumph

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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