Get lost with the soundtrack to the hottest show on television. From J.J. Abrams, the creator of Alias, comes the action-packed adventure that became a worldwide television event. Stranded on an island that holds many secrets, 48 people must band together if they hope to get home alive. The music is composed by Emmy winner Michael Giacchino. Varese. 2006.
Michael Giacchino is the rare composer who's graduated from video games (including the Medal of Honor
series) to high-profile big-screen fare (The Incredibles
). But the most important aspect of Giacchino's career may well be his collaboration with writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams, for whom he's scored Mission: Impossible III
and the television hits Alias
The latter is a hybrid show--part mystery, part psychological drama, part science fiction--and thus requires a nimble composer who can switch moods quickly. Culled mostly in chronological order from the popular series' first season, this CD shows how the score contributes mightily to Lost'
s artistic success (Abrams himself composed the 16-second "Main Title.") Giacchino's signature move is an abrupt surge of low-throated trombones, which creates a deep-seated anxiety and raises the viewer's heart rate without fail (check out the end of "The Eyeland" for a typical example). But he deftly varies orchestrations and ambiences throughout, equally at ease in pulse-pounding dramatics ("Getting Ethan," "Run Away! Run Away!") and quieter atmospherics ("Thinking Clairely," "Booneral"). --Elisabeth Vincentelli