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Soundtrack review: Secret sharer (Guy Farley – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Secret sharer (Guy Farley – 2014)

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“Secret sharer” is a screen adaptation of a Joseph Conrad story about the captain of a cargo ship who must face his mutinous crew and then a murder adventure. Guy Farley wrote the score and he had to wrestle with the numerous influences of the story, from the Polish born ship captain to the Chinese crew.

The opening theme was written based on a Polish patriotic theme from the 40s. The composer used to give the character his European background. The melody is a childhood memory of the main character that he keeps playing on his accordion. I love this theme, it is beautiful and waltz like and it puts me in a good mood.

It gets even more romantic as it progresses and I wasn’t expecting to be moved by pieces like “In a neat pile”. The middle section of the score is moody and based on sweeping piano melodies. I could listen to “Come to life” for a long time with my eyes closed because it makes me dream of beautiful things. I have to admit I did remember the mood from many of the Polish composer scores I listened to in November. There’s a special kind of depth and sensitivity in this music. “Man overboard” introduces the flute and slowly builds up from yearning to an explosion of passion. It is my favorite cue from the album.

“Secret sharer” is the kind of score I always listen to with pleasure. It’s laid back but there’s a fire burning inside it and I can feel that. It’s romantic and melodic and I love how the instruments complement each other. Guy Farley wrote a sensible and soothing score that will work very well when the sunset comes on the sea shore and you’ve already been there for a few days.

Cue rating: 81 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 14 / 42

Album excellence: 34%

Highlights:

  1. Secret Sharer Theme
  2. In A Neat Pile
  3. Come To Life
  4. Few Want To Love
  5. Short Like Yours

 

 

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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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