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Soundtrack review: Romancing the stone (Alan Silvestri – 1984)

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“Romancing the stone” has everything: romance, adventure, horror, suspense, silliness and a lot of fun.

Ah…”Romancing the stone”…Reviewing Alan Silvestri scores is like reliving a big part of my childhood. I had no idea he was so involved in it. The over the top Michael Douglas / Kathleen Turner / Danny de Vito comedies…Pure adventure and fun…Listening to the score makes me want to rush and see the movies again! Just looking at the ridiculous cover and remembering crazy Douglas is enough to bring back memories.

The prologue is simply exhilarating: a fun Western movie cue, which in no way reflects what the rest of the score will sound like. “Romancing the stone” is another case of era nostalgia. If you loved the 80s and its sound and movies, you will really enjoy listening to this score. This one is all about the connection it makes with your memories. I’m not sure someone who is a stranger to that period and doesn’t have and sentimental connection with it will get anything out of this score. For me, it’s like I’m eating a desert I used to enjoy when I was a kid. The music simply works. The synth, the romantic melodies, the funky cues, the action / adventure pieces, I recognize all of them. They decorated my room walls when I was growing up. They filled my hours and provided me with a lot of fun. I remember watching this movie with my parents and my sister countless times on video, and there’s no way I was going to dislike this score.

That isn’t to say it lacks value, or that nostalgia is the only reason I love it. This just makes the listening experience more enjoyable for me. “Romancing the stone” has everything: romance, adventure, horror, suspense, silliness and a lot of fun. You just have to be opened to all this…

Cue rating: 71 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 27 / 60

Album excellence: 45%

Highlights:

Logo And Prologue (How The West Was Won)

The Town

Mounties!

Struggling For The Stone

The Sailboat

End Titles . End Titles (Alternate)

About the author

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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