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The Bounty by Vangelis (Review)

posted Dec 23, 2010, 8:34 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Dec 23, 2010, 9:02 PM ]

Many people credit Vangelis as the composer who started electronic music. He's not. It was Wendy Carlos. That doesn't mean he wasn't influential with his scores to Chariots Of Fire and Blade Runner. Vangelis' style is a love it or hate it type of deal I feel, and while his sound works amazingly for some films I really don't think The Bounty is one of them. I absolutely love his scores for 1492: Conquest Of Paradise and Blade Runner. Those are perfect examples of his sound working with the story. The Bounty is a take on on Mutiny On The Bounty and for some reason his score doesn't work. Nothing about it spoke to me.

Most of the score sounds improvised and the structure is very sporadic. At times the score sounds like a low budget horror film in today's standards. Now it's important to note that this release is a re-recording performed by Dominik Hauser. The re-recording is faithful to the original score but again it's not the original score recording. I never understood re-recordings. I know some music has been lost due to age or the recordings have been lost, but I still feel a disconnection from listening to re-recordings. It may be just me.

Anyway, if Vangelis is your favorite composer then you may hold a higher appreciation for this release than I do. The score itself though doesn't really work. It fuels the story but the sound and style feel out of place considering the setting and plot. The one success of the score is the overwhelming calming effect it can have at times. And during those times my mind felt like it was on the open ocean drifting on the waves. So while the tone may fit it's ultimately just a "fish out of water" score.