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Soundtrack review: Son of a gun (Jed Kurzel – 2014)

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It is a score that sticks in your head because of its unique and intense sound

By the second track of “Son of a gun” by Jed Kurzel I am imagining a story that inevitably unravels towards a tragic epilogue. The music makes me think of a series of events doomed from the beginning or a character that never stood a chance. I like a score that gets me thinking and imagining things, I like a score that makes me feel something. We get a cue like “Prison drone” which starts slowly and at a very low volume, like a breath before getting very loud. This seems to be the story of this score: pieces of music that slowly take you over like an invisible mist before unleashing whatever danger lais hidden there. There’s a lot of rhythmic pounding in “Son of a gun” and it sets a mood that keeps me alert and looking over my shoulder all the time. I keep expecting something to happen because the music sounds like a permanent warning. It’s that feeling when you’re alone somewhere remote and you hear a constant hum somewhere, a hum that steadily grows in volume and intensity until it gets very close to you and you still can’t tell what it is. That hum in this case is melodic and infectious.

“Son of a gun” is the kind of score I can relate to very well. This atmosphere is familiar to me and I am comfortable listening to it. This is a minimalist and slow burning composition that allows you to think and focus. The action parts are still minimalistic, electronic and percussion driven and they also work very well. There’s an industrial component in tracks like “Heist” and it fits with the raw and vacant overall sound of this score.

I really enjoyed “Son of a gun”. It is a score that sticks in your head because of its unique and intense sound. I liked the ambient parts, I liked the action parts and this was a very nice surprise.

Cue rating: 86 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 22 / 53

Album excellence: 43%

Highlights:

  1. Prison
  2. Prison Theme
  3. JR Leaving
  4. Pre Heist
  5. Heist
  6. Car Chase
  7. Gold Boat
  8. Transition 2

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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