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Pleasant, relaxing background music from Young
A review by JAMES SOUTHALL
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Album cover copyright (c) 2009 Senator Distribution, Inc; review copyright (c) 2009 James Southall.
I bought this album based solely on the name of the composer - Christopher Young, one of my favourites. When I ordered it and saw the album cover, I assumed it was a horror score - not entirely unreasonable, given the composer. I started playing the album - sure doesn't sound like a horror score! In fact, The Informers is based on Bret Easton Ellis's novel about a group of people in Los Angeles in the early 1980s who love drugs, sex and power - and various seemingly-disparate plot strands about the different characters inevitably all draw together. It was the last film to feature actor Brad Renfro, who died of a heroin overdoes in early 2008.
Young's music is very laid-back, very chilled-out. It's performed by a small ensemble - guitars, bass, drums, vibes, keyboards - and falls into that category of film scores which act more as a kind of musical accompaniment to proceedings rather than genuine dramatic underscore. Think also of Young's music for Wonder Boys and The Big Kahuna - both good albums - and this one's very enjoyable too. It's pleasantly melodic throughout: you shouldn't be expecting memorable tunes, just nicely-written and nicely-performed low-key instrumental pop.
Young excels in many genres - and this kind of subtle approach is one he has pulled off well on several occasions. Of course it's not a particularly substantial work compared with many of his others, but albums like this certainly have a place - surely no listener can sit through big orchestral film scores time after time, and albums like this can provide great relaxation, or background accompaniment to other things (well, like a film, I suppose).