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Soundtrack review: Evolution (John Powell – 2001)

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Soundtrack review: Evolution (John Powell – 2001)


I remember laughing when “Evolution” came out. I didn’t necessarily laugh because of how funny this comedy about a meteor harboring extraterrestrial life was but because it was the first feature film David Duchovny stared in after quitting The X-Files because he wanted to diversify his career. Go figure…

John Powell’s score is your typical comedic affair. Don’t expect any fireworks or a clear identity from this one. There are no coherent themes here either and the music serves best as a background listen. There are 22 tracks in a 40 minutes score so all we get are pieces of themes that barely have time to develop.

That’s not to say that there aren’t any exciting moments on “Evolution”. “The Ira Kane” or “The forests” are fun and exaggerated cues which you will surely enjoy. I have fun listening to “The cave waltz” as well. What this score has going for it is that it never gets boring. It would be very easy for it to fall in the generic trap but John Powell knows how to keep our interest in the music just above sea level. And when you get a cue like “The mall chase” you can forgive the other faults of this score.

Cue rating: 68 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 6 / 40

Album excellence: 14%


The Ira Kane?

The mall chase


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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