Trevor Jones spectacular score to the largely successful movie from 1998, Dark City was nothing short of a rousing surprise, both on film and on album, when it debuted. Despite the obvious temptation to allow the varied instrumentation and its inherent dissonance to provide a simple backdrop for the gloomy nature of Dark City, Jones pounds the film with several memorable themes and motifs to go along with the atmosphere. His score evolves from its tense beginnings into a victorious reflection of beauty at the end, providing plenty of intelligent and interesting ideas in between that vary on their listenability depending on how high the dissonance knob is cranked. The instrumentation is key to Dark City, for it combines the large orchestral ensemble at the heart of the human story with an extremely strong and domineering synthetic accompaniment that represents the “strangers” in the film. Goldsmith was on fire in the early 80’s and his incredible skill in composing rousing themes and action cues were miles ahead of anyone at that time, proving his superior talents as a fine composer. This definitive edition 2CD comprises the entire score including alternates and outtakes. Simply a brilliant score and one of his finest.
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