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The Bone Collector
(1999)
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Composed, Arranged, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Cecilia Weston

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Decca Records
(October 26th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you like your scores for urban thrillers to feature an intelligent, edgy blend of orchestral power, choral beauty, and a sophisticated industrial edge.

Avoid it... if you've never been impressed by the general style of Craig Armstrong's scores, for The Bone Collector is among the most typical of his career in terms of instrumental and rhythmic style.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #283
WRITTEN 10/22/99, REVISED 4/29/08
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The Bone Collector: (Craig Armstrong) In an odd combination between Seven and Rear Window, The Bone Collector is a police thriller starring Denzel Washington as a paralyzed but brilliant detective who, engaged in a cat and mouse game with a psychotic killer in New York City, uses the eyes and ears of a surprisingly believable Angelina Jolie in the role of a younger, reluctant investigator in the field. Director Phillip Noyce didn't shy away from showing grotesque crime scenes in the film, and the gore left behind by the killer solicited the film's comparisons with Seven. Arguably, however, The Bone Collector is a more intelligent battle between good and evil, despite the film's occasionally obnoxious plot holes. The production was mainstream America's introduction to Scottish composer Craig Armstrong, whose training and early career had consisted of an odd combination of commissioned classical writing and arrangements for popular rock stars. This background has defined Armstrong's accomplished, though likely under-appreciated career with a distinct character to his music, a character that smartly balances the orchestral, choral, and electronic. Of the works in the composer's first ten years of film scoring, perhaps no soundtrack exemplifies his sound as well as The Bone Collector, which takes the electronics of Plunkett and Macleane and merges them with the later elements of the choir in World Trade Center and the grim orchestral shades in Moulin Rouge. The score was a striking introduction of Armstrong to the film music collecting world, though listeners had likely heard the "Escape" cue from Plunkett and Macleane in several trailers and television promotional spots already. For fans of that particular popular cue, The Bone Collector extends that general idea to greater lengths, though without the over-bearing melodramatic attitude. This score is instead all business, mirroring the cold and serious atmosphere with a sound that contains the ingredients of a warmer effort but never attempts to make an appeal at the personal level.



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Alternative review
Joep - January 12, 2007, at 7:35 a.m.
1 comment  (2383 views)
Not bad, but lack something which should made it more enjoyable
Sheridan - December 23, 2006, at 2:12 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 50:16
• 1. New York City (2:56)
• 2. Prelude (4:32)
• 3. Taxi Ride (1:31)
• 4. Amelia's Song (3:23)
• 5. Race Against Time (2:27)
• 6. Walking the Grid (2:31)
• 7. Working the Evidence (2:04)
• 8. Seizure (2:23)
• 9. Rhyme and Amelia's Love Theme (3:00)
• 10. Mackenzie (3:50)
• 11. Amelia's Crisis (4:13)
• 12. Pier Pressure (5:07)
• 13. Underground (2:29)
• 14. Final Confrontation (4:02)
• 15. The City Awakes (2:48)
• 16. New York City (Orchestral Version) (2:52)

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The insert includes extensive production credits, but no extra information about the score or film.
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