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Je Te Survivrai (I'll Bury You) by Stephen Warbeck (Review)

posted Sep 19, 2015, 8:28 AM by michael@filmmusicmedia.com

I must admit that Stephen Warbeck is not a composer whose music I frequently listen to, nor have I constantly followed his career. He has been in the business for quite some time now and to many score fans he is probably best known for his award winning music for Shakespeare In Love. In 2014, Mr. Warbeck was hired to score a French comedy called Je Te Survivrai (I'll Bury You). The film's plot sees an estate agent who ends up being trapped in his neighbour's well.

The score the composer wrote has many faces to it and at first it might sound unorthodox. In “The Angry Neighbour” Mr. Warbeck introduces a twangy guitar sound. The piece then changes into a more tense atmosphere. Subsequently, the music is more jazzy and laid-back. The tone displayed in the piece "Bicycle Ride" is really uplifting and quite enjoyable. The mood of the score changes from suspenseful to contemplative and tense moments. The aforementioned guitar sound works well for, I think, underscoring moments of disorientation or helplessness. It is effective, yet I preferred the suspense cues, when Stephen Warbeck used strings or the keyboards. Short tracks like "The Farm" are a nice contribution, simply because of the wonderful piano playing. The album features quite a few different cues in terms of style and instrumentation and in “Water” you get to hear the most action oriented piece, with very nice string writing. This one is really well written and definitely stands as one of the highlights of this release. The album ends with “The Perfect House”, basically a very interesting cue with a nice theme to it, simply a well-arranged piece of music.

At first, I did not quite know what to think of this album, but after having listened to it twice, I must say that it indeed contains some interesting and fresh music. Twenty-four minutes of material, featuring different instrumentation and styles, ranging from jazz oriented pieces to suspenseful moments and also one action cue. As a whole, the score sounds different and even playful. It is definitely a nice and welcome surprise, not only for fans of composer Stephen Warbeck, but for film score fans in general.