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Bourne Identity [Soundtrack]

John Powell Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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Updated as a contemporary thriller/vehicle for Matt Damon, this second take on Robert Ludlum's classic spy thriller (previously a Richard Chamberlain-starring TV miniseries) may be more interested in action set pieces than faithfulness to its literary roots. But composer John Powell's skillful score goes a long way toward steeping the well-orchestrated stunts and car chases with an aura of mystery and unease. With a résumé heavy in animation (Shrek, Chicken Run, Antz) and spoofs (Evolution, Rat Race, Just Visiting), Powell is obviously adept at parodying the tired McAction score. Here he deftly sidesteps such clichés, delivering up a remarkable, subtle score of restlessly shifting moods and color. The plaintive oboe figure of the "Main Title" segues to vaguely East Asian orchestral motifs, then increasingly prominent use of wily, ever-shifting electronic rhythms and effects. The effect is compelling and almost hypnotic, music that perfectly underscores the lead character's identity crisis and the web of intrigue he's caught up in. Powell spares us the typical bombast and shrewdly lets the visual action speak for itself. This wise composer understands that less can be infinitely more. --Jerry McCulley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great Feb. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
Replacing a composer at the last minute can be a difficult thing to master. The music has to be written and recorded in a certain amount of time and fast. That is exactly what you get for the score to The Bourne Identity and the music really reflects that. John Powell did do a good job considering the ample time he had to write the score so late in the game, replacing Carter Burwell. With that in mind, the music is full of electronics, synthesizers, drum loops, and a small orchestra. "Main Titles" is a good track containing the main theme, which is a repeated sixteenth note pattern for strings. This theme gets played again in later tracks, such as "Bourne Gets Well", "Jason's Theme", and "The Bourne Identity." "Treadstone Assassins" contains all out electronics and drum loops with occasional strings thrown in. "Escape from Embassy" and "The Apartment" contain some exciting action material with lots of pulse pumping electronics, orchestra, and heavy percussion. The rest of the tracks are mainly filler music with your usual blend of electronics, synth pads, and a small orchestra. This soundtrack is actually good, considering the little time Powell had to write the music. Had he of started much earlier, the music would have been much better. Still worth checking out though.
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Composer/producer/programmer/arranger John Powell gives you a mind-bending ambient journey by switching at top-speed between different genres. Very high production values in this soundtrack; loads of scintillating loops weave in and out of emotional performances by the Hollywood Studio Symphony. Snippets of orchestral angst, all-out drum-and-bass action, hypnotic minimalist themes, electronic experimentation, and a bunch of gorgeous percussion samples that zip through the stereo field like ping-pong balls. The resultant mix feeds you energy and keeps your mind moving and your heart beating. Listen to it through headphones while working on papers, or at top volume on your car's speakers while taking a road trip. Melodies are few and far between; it's a percussion journey with exhilarating rollercoasters of high-speed adrenaline erupting from eerie "Memento"-style ambient electronic textures. Do not buy this CD if you are expecting to hear "Ready Steady Go" or the other hit tunes from the movie. This is for the theme-music lovers who want to see the beauty of an experienced film composer experimenting crazily with all the tools available to him. I give it six stars. Three thumbs up. Whatever. This is everything a movie soundtrack SHOULD be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good soundtrack, but have reservations July 5 2002
Format:Audio CD
"The Bourne Identity", the scores in the movie were very intense, enough to make me want to buy the CD. After buying it, I was somewhat let down, but not disappionted. I expected to hear some more melodic techno beats that were familiar in the movie, such as the background music during the car chase scene, or the stylish Moby "Porcelain" sounding music during the end credits. I understand this is a Motion Picture Soundtrack, so I cannot expect anything new from what was heard in the movie. Most of the tracks sound kind of mixed, uneven, scratchy and muffled, it fit the mood of the particular scene, but listening to it alone without the movie makes it hard to get into. I hoped they would have included the more cooler scores. On the bright side, there was one gold gem on track 3 "Treadstone Assassins"...it is simply a cool rif! I would recommend borrowing the CD first and listening to it before shelling out your hard earned money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bourne Identity, one of the years best! Jan. 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I saw the movie, all I remembered was "car chase". But I later bought the soundtrack, and loved it, but wondered why the car chase wasn't on it, well I downloaded it off kazza. I liked it at first but the vocals in the track turn it into a dance track(which it is), not action music. The reason Moby's and Okenfold's tracks weren't included, was because John Powell produced the CD, and since those tracks weren't by him, he didn't include them in the soundtrack. This Cd is one of Powell's best action scores to date, the main theme is superb. The way the theme is played with strings make it a perfect theme to the movie. I noticed a mistake, the track "Jason's Theme" isn't his theme, heck, it's not even played in the movie. The correct "Jason's Theme" got switched, Drum and Bass Remix is Jason's Theme. Powell really shows us that he can make a great in hardly anytime.
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After watching The Bourne Identity, I was impressed with how cool the music was, and wanted to get my hands on it. So, I did the natural thing - went and bought the sound track. That's when I figured it out. The music I wanted to hear wasn't there. The song played during the car chase is "Ready Steady, Go" from Paul Oakenfold, and the other cool song is "Extreme Ways" from Moby (plays during the credits.) The sound track CD is merely a collection of 2-3 minute shorts that were obviously meant to be listen to in combination with a movie, and they fail to stand on their own. (Okay, there's about 3 tracks that are halfway cool, but one of these also wasn't in the movie - it's the remix at the end of the album.) Save yourself a few bucks and go buy the music you remember form the movie. (Also, if you like the music in the trailers, check out the sound track to "Run Lola Run")
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bourne Identity Soundtrack
I don't listen to very much music, which is often distracting, but this collection I can listen to repeatedly, without tiring of it. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Powerful
I bought the soundtrack recently after wanting it for a year, and I have to say I'm not dissapointed. It's become my favorite cd... Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003 by "lkuriako"
1.0 out of 5 stars Second end title track
Does anyone know the name of the song that plays right after 'Extreme Ways' in the original ending? I haven't heard it in any of the samples of the CD.
Published on Aug. 12 2003 by WJM
1.0 out of 5 stars End title track
Does anyone know the name of the track that followed Extreme Ways during the end titles? Is it on the soundtrack or something they left out?
Published on Aug. 12 2003 by WJM
3.0 out of 5 stars Song question.
I was wondering what the name of the song was at the orginal ending.
Published on Aug. 10 2003 by Stephen W. Daume
3.0 out of 5 stars Good "soundtrack" music
If you looking for the chase scene music - it's not in here. The chase scene track is titled "Ready, Steady, Go" by Paul Oakenfold in case you want to find it. Read more
Published on July 1 2003 by Brent Holland
1.0 out of 5 stars Chase Music Revealed!
Like the one above, I wanted the soundtrack for its chase scene music ("umm... there's gonna be a little bump"). Read more
Published on June 30 2003 by Jonathan Eells
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Original Soundtrack
When I saw this film I get astonished with the soundtrack of this movie. It's the kind of soundtrack that helps you to feel better the movie sensations. Read more
Published on June 29 2003 by Javier Ruiz de Arcaute
2.0 out of 5 stars What a letdown...
Like most of you, I purchased this CD for the SOLE purpose of owning "the chase scene" music, and patiently waited through the entire 19 tracks only to find out - IT'S NOT IN... Read more
Published on June 13 2003 by Tyrone P. McSteinchez
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and unimaginative
Compared to the action music writing of Hans Zimmer, the beautiful portraits painted by Thomas Newman, the amazing character sketches by James Horner, and the landscapes by John... Read more
Published on May 11 2003 by M. Fant
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