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Soundtrack review: The raid 2 (Joseph Trapanese – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: The raid 2 (Joseph Trapanese – 2014)



Joseph Trapanese has been busy this year and this is a good thing for film and game music. This time, I am reviewing his score for the Indonesian martial arts crime thriller “The raid 2”. He is credited alongside Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi, who scored the original movie I believe.

Right off the bat, the music is very abrasive and synthetic. There are a lot of electronic pulses and beats and define a clear identity for the score. There’s no time to get adjusted, you either like it or you don’t. We do get a few breathers with atmospheric cues done right, like “The equation”, “Phone call” or “Wasteland”. Another change in pace happens in “Undercover”: this cue is low key, hidden, and really makes me feel concealed and afraid.

In fact, this is what really works in “The raid 2”: the feeling of listening to different very well defined scenes. I imagine in the context of the movie the score works even better. The cue titles go very well with the mood of the music and I can imagine what happens on screen. The electronic suspense is very well built and there’s no time for exaggeration or wide cues. Everything is claustrophobic, contained and pulsating. Trapanese uses the same means and sounds to play on different situations and emotions, like a cleverly modulated Lego score. To me, “The raid 2” feels like I’m tripping in an underground club with many rooms and sounds. Things are being hit around me, the lights are flickering, there’s moisture everywhere and the walls are very cold. The 7 minutes long industrial sounding “Reog” is one of the most intriguing pieces from “The raid 2”. If I were to chose my favorite track, it might just be “The assassin” which is an insane minute.

A mostly techno score is a hit and miss for me. It depends on my mood and on how tired and patient I might be when listening to it. Fans of the genre and, of course, fans of Trapanese will surely love this one. Me, I enjoyed it. Joseph Trapanese always knows how to combine the right sounds and give me a very entertaining listening experience.

Cue rating: 71 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 29 / 61

Album excellence: 47%


The Equation,

Phone Call,

Porn Den,


Club Battle,


The Assassin,

Motor 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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