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Soundtrack review: The crew (Joseph Trapanese – 2014)

In the end, “The crew” delivers exactly what I wanted and needed it to: an extremely cool and electrifying car racing score, with sharp rhythms and pulsating beats.

 

“The crew” is an upcoming online racing game. I got interested when I heard that Joseph Trapanese, who blew me away with his involvement in one of the best scores of last year, Oblivion, was going to compose the score. I was looking forward to more electronic orchestral goodness from him.

First thing I notice is that this score sounds exactly like I would have wanted the movie scores for “The fast and the furious” to sound. Something was lacking there, and here, Trapanese nailed it. The music is fresh, fast and sharp, it’s exciting and I can almost hear the engines revving and feel the air move differently around those cars. The electronic pulses are exciting and have shadows of the amazing Daft Punk “Tron: legacy” score that I love so much. “A2B” and “Heist” are electric and melodic and I will introduce them in my running playlists.

The moves that Joseph Trapanese does are as slick as the racers’ moves. Some tracks are full of action, others are cool and smooth. “Back alleys” is downright glamorous. The more I listen to this score, the happier I am that it lasts over 70 minutes. If only I could run at this pace for 70 minutes…

After the very exciting first impact, the score knows it got your attention and settles in a cool comfort zone. The middle section is not as great as the beginning, but it’s still very enjoyable. After this break though, the excitement returns with “Payback”, “Downshift”, “Heist 2” or “Outrun”. Even if the sound gets repetitive after a while, it’s still fresh enough to keep me interested in the score.

In the end, “The crew” delivers exactly what I wanted and needed it to: an extremely cool and electrifying car racing score, with sharp rhythms and pulsating beats.

Cue rating: 72 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 33 / 73

Album excellence: 45%

Highlights:

Heavy as a Feather

Introductions

A2B

Heist 1

LA Inked

Payback

Downshift

Heist 2

Heist 3

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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