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Been a fan of Carpenter since the early 80's as a kid.The music from The Fog,Escape from New York,Halloween 3 blew me away. I have most of his soundtracks on cd apart from the ones like Vampires and They Live and was very excited to hear about Lost Themes. Most of the tracks on here are ruined by rock style guitar.I love the arp and moody strings but the dramatic guitar stuff just makes me skip to the next track.Nice try JC..Give Alan Howarth a call :)
I have a few of Carpenter's soundtracks on vinyl, and they're very good, being minimalist and using synths as synths, not as a cheap substitute for orchestras, which is probably why they're popular and still issued as standalone works. This album of new tracks is much beefier, with more guitar, piano and drums and a general more 'rock band' feel, not dissimilar to the likes of Goblin or synth bands such as ZOMBI. Vortex, for example, the opening track has a strong beat, piano, synths and sudden crunchy guitar riffs. On most the tracks melodies weave in and out of pulsing synth beats, but the atmosphere of the soundtrack work is sometimes lost amongst the noise. An excellent record, though.
Content de revoir John Carpenter sur un format qu'il connait bien, mais où on le voit assez rarement, la musique ! Les musiques se suivent sans problème, et les fans du réalisateur reconnaîtront sans problème sa pâte.
For fans of John Carpenter his music as well as his films there is lots to enjoy here. Its a neat concept all in all: a series of potential soundtracks to otherwise non-existent films ( I seem to remember U2 doing this with their Passegers project from 1995)with only your imagination to guide you. It feels quite nostalgic as there are cues taken or derived from Prince of Darkness and Escape from New York among others which adds to the overall mood. Best tracks on the album are the first and last. With track 1being the best on the album.