- Composed by Alan Silvestri
- Varese Sarabande 302 067 032 2 / 2010 / 72:24
The latest attempt by Hollywood to cash in on 80s nostalgia, The A-Team has been surprisingly well-received in reviews, but not particularly financially successful. Alan Silvestri used to score an awful lot of straightforward action movies, but last summer’s GI Joe was his first in a while. This score is very much that one’s follow-up. The earlier score was a very disappointing effort, being very bland and suffering from particularly weak integration of electronics, problems which blight this one too, but fortunately to a lesser degree. There’s certainly no strong theme here – apart from Mike Post and Pete Carpenter’s cheesy classic from the tv series, subtly quoted a couple of times and given a full airing at the end – and the passages with drum loops laid over the orchestra again expose that as a weakness of this composer – but there’s plenty of good, old-fashioned Silvestri action scoring here which serves to cancel out the negatives to an extent.
The biggest plus is the pairing of two spectacular action cues, “Putting the Team Back Together” and “Flying a Tank”, lasting ten minutes between them in the middle of the album. These are Silvestri doing what he does best – balls-to-the-wall action music, with a distinctly martial feeling, highlighting brass and percussion. I’ve never been the composer’s biggest fan, but when he does that he’s better than most of his peers; and he hasn’t written action music this satisfying in a while. It’s a shame, therefore, that the other big action cues – primarily the pairing which make up the thirteen-minute sequence “The Docks” for the conclusion – seem far less inspired. When Silvestri sticks to the orchestra, it’s fine – when he tries to be hip and adds electric guitars and synth percussion, it’s like watching your dad dance at a wedding. A lot of this could have been solved if the album had been pruned somewhat – at 72 minutes, it’s at least half an hour too long. A very, very good album is in here somewhere; sadly that’s not what we were given. ***