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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 :)
This is not what you're expecting. If - as I did - you go into this looking for music akin to Halloween, the peerless Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog etc, you will genuinely be disappointed.
This CD sounds more like late nineties Tangerine Dream then an on-form Carpenter who, writing this music with his two sons, seems content to flooble and noodle with cheap sounding keyboards and synths. It's actually hard - with the exception of the opening track, whatever that's called - to HEAR John Carpenter at all on this album.
It's okay, some of the tracks work, most don't, falling into a middle ground of rushed sounding music and lazy feeling atmospherics.
John Carpenter is one of my musical heroes and I have been eagerly awaiting this album since it was announced last year. The first track released, Vortex, did nothing but make me think this is going to be my album of the year - those Carpenter bass lines, arpeggios and melodies. But then... track 2 kicked in. Is this someone at home putting together a rough demo? The next track will be better, I told myself. Unfortunately, tracks 3, 4 and 5 etc rolled on in the same way. To say I was disappointed is an understatement and I became more and more depressed as the album continued. To be honest, most of the cd sounds more like a tribute to John Carpenter. It's as if he was simply given some modern Korg/Roland/Yamaha workstation and that was it. There is virtually no production, no clever sound design, just the most bland digital presets/percussion and clichéd arrangements. I so wanted to like this and am really surprised by all these 5 star reviews. It might be that the tracks lack the amazing film visuals and atmosphere to support them, but overall, this feels like a missed opportunity. At least I still have Halloween, Escape from New York, Halloween 3, Prince of Darkness etc to remind me of his musical brilliance.
The material is 5 stars, these songs are epic Carpenter. But the vinyl is so disappointing to listen to compared to the digital files. Very muddy mix, low volume, no definition in the sounds. When compared to the digital files it's night and day. The digital is so crisp, the sounds pop out, throb, pulse like you would want from an epic Carpenter score. Don't waste 20 bucks on the vinyl, it also has moments of popping and surface noise. So tired of this with the new pressed vinyl, it's like all the hard work is gone, sounds like a bootleg pressing. I've been telling myself not to keep purchasing new releases on vinyl, they are over priced and sound like crap compared to the CD version of the same release. But habits are hard to kick. This might be the nail in the coffin, how Sacred Bones can get the test pressing and ok it to go out into the world is beyond me, shame shame.
The premise here is unbelievably compelling; John Carpenter's first "solo" recording, creating motion picture soundtracks for films that don't even exist outside of one's imagination. Perhaps I had my hopes at unrealistically high expectations as I found this to be "ok" and not necessarily the masterpiece that the majority of reviews here seem to imply that it is. For one thing, I was really hoping (expecting?) for an analog sound and approach vs.listening to computer programs...What exactly is the point of pressing digital files onto vinyl? An observation: one rather annoying trend I have noticed, during the past decade or so, is for the incessant John Carpenter (and, equally,Goblin) name-dropping read in nearly every review that features vocal less "dark" instrumental music and/or soundtracks that aren't simply a compilation of Various Artist's "greatest hits" or music intended for a Hallmark movie - you would be lead to believe that John, single handed, originated the moody and minimalist soundtrack.There is little doubt to the influence he has had, but I also believe that fact has been overblown & overstated to ridiculous proportions (anybody remember Tangerine Dream, for instance?). I'm not intending to hate on him, I do think this is worth a listen (I do wish Amazon would allow for additional half-stars in ratings) and I do hope he continues to create. Maybe I just need to let this grow on me more....