CD Review: SHAFT soundtrack

SHAFT soundtrack | ©2014 La La Land Records

Honkeys had their gun slinging, women-bedding superhero named James Bond for years until a 1971 sex machine named John Shaft showed that a black private dick could be just as bad-ass, especially when it came to an urban action-funk groove that got Isaac Hayes an Oscar winning song and nominated score. So perhaps it was a little ironic that a “white bloke from Luton” who’d been busy scoring 007 would land the music gig for John Singleton’s 2000 reboot, giving Sam Jackson a tailor-made vehicle to cement him as a big screen mofo. But even given Arnold’s urban pedigree that […]Read On »

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CD Review: SHERLOCK soundtrack

SHERLOCK soundtrack | ©2012 Silva Screen Records

The music is afoot over two series (and gradually counting) of this 21st century take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed characters, as given the revamp mojo by the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO team to equal international acclaim, and an Emmy nomination (among the show’s many) for composers David Arnold and Michael Price. It’s elementary that these two would hip up Holmes’ sound for its new takes on such classic Doyle stories as “A Scandal in Belgravia” and “The Reichenbach Fall,” pretty much wiping away the once-traditional, solo orchestral sleuthing to combine strings with such neo-futuristic sounds as sampled percussion synth samples […]Read On »

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CD Review: PAUL original soundtrack

PAUL original soundtrack | © 2011 Universal

After showing his deadly serious Bond action grooves were a slam-bang fit for the buddy cop tribute HOT FUZZ, David Arnold now finds his background blasting aliens for INDEPENDENCE DAY comes in just as handy for a far nicer E.T. named PAUL– his second satirical film homage score for actor-writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. If there’s a recipe to this duo’s winning movie-movie formula, it’s walking a fine line between spoofing their source material and just going with their unabashed love of it. Ditto David Arnold right from the start with a winking 50’s sci-fi Theremin and a dark […]Read On »

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Profile: Composer David Arnold gains passage to THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER | ©2010 Sony Classical

If there’s one composer who knows how to take Earthlings to a land of mystical enchantment, and then get most of them back in one piece, it would be David Arnold. With only the Brit crime drama YOUNG AMERICANS behind him, Arnold’s Hollywood debut on 1994’s STARGATE hit the scoring world with the resonance of a nuclear bomb, if said explosion could be heard as a blinding flash of lush orchestral themes, epic choruses and swashbuckling adventure. Arnold’s professional quest since then has heard him take on diverse styles from the epic action of INDEPENDENCE DAY and LAST OF THE […]Read On »

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