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Red Riding 1980

February 23, 2010 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Label: Silva Screen Records
  • Copyright: Silva America
  • Total Length: 32:08
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  • ASIN: B0034T32Q8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,251 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Compay on March 19, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This 13-track score was composed entirely by Dickon Hinchliffe for Red Riding: 1980, a film that was shot for British television. I enjoyed the movie, and the score worked beautifully. Hinchliffe is heavy on layering simple melodies, mostly with strings and piano with virtually no chords. Red Riding: 1980 is suspenseful thriller, but this could have just as easily been the score for a post-apocalyptic zombie flick.

A few of his songs are reminiscent of piano works by Philip Glass, minimalistic with beautifully dark strings and snare drums weaved in. The standout song for me is "The Ridings", with the use of harp and piano building into strings to make it one of the most gorgeous inclusions in the soundtrack. Which is also bit unfortunate, since it's just shy of two minutes long.

Only two tracks really mark a departure from the soundtrack as a whole. The first is "Christmas", in which Hinchliffe channels Danny Elfman a la Edward Scissorhands. The second is the album's conclusion, "Peace at Last" where Hinchliffe works in some electric guitar over melodies encountered througout the score. Both are great songs.

I'm a fan of minimalist music, as well as haunting scores. So while Hinchliffe isn't quite Wojciech Kilar, it's still a beautiful soundtrack. If I had a complaint, it's that the songs tend to get a little repetitive. Overall this is an excellent album, for an excellent suspense film.
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Red Riding was originally adapted from the four novels that comprised Red Riding Quartet by David Peace. Back in 2009 they were made into 3 feature length television events that aired in the United Kingdom. They were released here in the states recently as 3 seperate films. The films chronicle the investigations of serial murders dealing with the Yorkshire Ripper case. This British Noir delves further and further into a web of corruption. So, I guess you could say it's similar to David Fincher's Zodiac if you need a reference except it spans 3 films.

The second part of the trilogy was composed by Dickon Hinchliffe and the sound is overtly a bit different right off the bat. This album was released separately with my guess being to not mix up the different composers' work on the series. This score is more brooding and has an intensity that the first two scores didn't have. It still manages to have a noirish feel to the music but in a more modern way. The sound is much more full and atmospheric. It doesn't carry the melodic style the first two scores did, but it's still effective in its approach.

Overall, this is great that these two albums got a release. It's a nice collection of music to discover something you probably never heard of unless you are aware of the novels or these adaptations. The scores may lack any everlasting impact on the listener, but there are some great themes and atmospheric stuff here.
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