Album Review

Machinist, The – “Machinist, The ” – [Mellowdrama Records]

Thurston Hunger   7/20/2006   CD, Soundtrack

So you know when you like something so much that you can’t
be trusted? That’s how I am about this film, and moreso about
the tremendous score by ROQUE BANOS. His music steals the show,
with theremin cobwebbing down beneath tiptoe harp steps…down
to the basement of your consciousness. Down there a trace of
BERNARD HERRMANN’s stem cells are growing on long violin bows.
Check out the stretching question marks of the main theme as
heard on “Nikkolash’s Game” amongst others, hair-raisingly
beautiful. The motif sort of ebbs and flows till it vanishes.
Little xylophone drops of color get dropped into some passages,
but overall the weather is bleak and grey. Again the theremin
is used to paranoid perfection, this soundtrack is smeared
with it. As stark as the results are, the soundtrack really
works a varied palette, the results are as thin and effective
as Christian Bale yet as gorgeous as Aitana Sanchez.
Don’t sleep on this one. Trust me?!?

-Thurston Hunger

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