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Hysteria by Gast Waltzing & Christian Henson (Review)

posted Jun 13, 2012, 8:36 PM by Kaya Savas

Hysteria is the story of Mortimer Granville and his lady-pleasing invention known as the vibrator. It's a period comedy and the score matches that tone right off the bat. Wonderfully light orchestrations bob along in this delightful score. There isn't much depth to the whole package, but that doesn't effect the music's likable charm. Charm is definitely the word to use here as this score has lots of it, and if you're in the mood for charming music then this score will really brighten up your day.

The score works in little bursts of flurries, and while I would consider that a weakness in most scores here it is the strength of it. The short track times may make you think this will be a choppy experience, but it's the charm of the score and a wonderful theme that saves it. As a listening experience the motifs may become redundant quite quickly, but remember it's the score's function in the film that is the most important. So, imagine these bursts of score sprinkled throughout the narrative. That is why these bursts become a strength. I've listened to many scores that have short tracks only to find that the music never makes the most of its limited speaker time. Here nothing is wasted, but it also doesn't feel crammed either. The score works and is a very light and bouncy listen that satisfies the tone of the story.

Hysteria isn't going to wow you and there isn't really much beneath the surface, but it has such a wonderful identity that it becomes hard to resist. The consistent tone and little motif-heavy bursts keep this score bouncing along through the listening experience. It paints a wonderful setting through its instrumentation and is pleasant throughout. The waltzy nature of it should appeal to a wide range of score fans and makes for a great sunny afternoon listen.

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