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What's even more sad is the fact that there aren't even any highlights; it's all just leveled-off boredom. I'm sure that the score probably works in the film, but I think that it's sometimes best to let a score stay there and forget about a soundtrack album. Jerry Goldsmith is quite right when he says that it isn't nessesary to release *every* score on CD.
I basically think that Harry could have done just about anything to make this score better, but he didn't. Why he didn't, I simply cannot fathom, because it would have been so easy to tweak a score as blatantly boring as this. There's no theme at all, and the synth effects take precendent over the orchestra, which is there, if you listen hard enough. Too bad the musicians' time was wasted so poorly, since they could have been left entirely out of this mess.
Another thing that I don't understand is why these ridiculous remixes had to be included at the end of the CD. Even though they are played after the score, it seems like a bad error in judgement to include tracks that are even worse. They are so bad in that they almost make the preceeding tracks sound good. Maybe that was the point after all, to fool the casual listener's ears into thinking that if the final tracks are this rotten, that the rest can't be so bad. Dont be fooled.
If you're going to purchase a Media Venture action score, make it Crimson Tide or The Rock and forget about all the others. Spy Game might just be the worst original score that I've experienced this year. It drones on and on for a ludicrous length of time, and simply has no redeeming values whatsoever. It's staleness and repetition, combined with a lack of any sort of decent theme or melody is enough to drive a man crazy. Since MV has better similar scores, even if this album was decent I couldn't recommend it. There are a million other CDs being released right now for the holidays, so I can tell you to buy any of them before you get this.