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Soundtrack review: Red sky (Timothy Williams – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Red sky (Timothy Williams – 2014)

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“Red sky” is a straight-to-DVD “Top gun” clone. The topic promises great action so I’m expecting a fun and entertaining score from Timothy Williams.

The thing about many action scores is that they become generic. It happens with Harry Gregson Williams’ latest few scores, and with others too. Generic doesn’t mean bad, it just means the score lacks an identity or something to separate it from the bunch. It supports the movie well, works nice in context (I imagine the studios ask for this) but as a standalone listen, they are blend into each other like your work days in the office. There are nice moments in them, there are boring moments and there are normal moments. Here for example, we get “Airplane lovers” is a nice guitar ballad but I still have a personal problem with guitar ballads in a film score. Don’t ask me why, but it’s very hard for me to enjoy rock or classic guitars in a movie score. As I am debating this cue I find a favorite, “Desert meet”, which is slightly ambient and suspenseful. This is one of the nice moments.

All in all, “Red sky” is an action score like you’ve heard many: you get melancholic motifs, Eastern influences in the music, guitars and some emotions. I am happy that this score doesn’t try to be more than it is and goes for only 25 minutes. They pass fast and end up as enjoyable. It never gets frustrating or boring. And, best thing of all, it ends with the rocking and awesome “Red sky anthem”.

Cue rating: 64 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 6 / 26

Album excellence: 23%

Highlights:

Desert Meet

First Wave

This Might Be Goodbye

Red Sky Anthem

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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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