also by Mike Oldfield:
This soundtrack is unlike any other of Oldfield's works, and makes me wish he had got some more gigs in film music. The gentle "Pran's Theme" and choir-backed "Requiem for a City" show that he can write and arrange evocative tunes on classical instruments with ease. But appropriately the music for this movie is mostly not pretty stuff. He makes the best use of his Fairlight sampler for some stark, atonal sound painting, like the industrial clanking of "Evacuation". It seems like he drew new inspiration from having a focused project to write music for, in contrast to his usual abstract instrumental epics. Even the "cover version" of Francisco Tarrega's guitar Etude is a quirky and off-beat arrangement. Definitely one of his most under-appreciated efforts.
July 29, 2004