The horror/suspense genre has continually turned out some of the best film scores ever (think THE OMEN, ALIEN, INTERVIEW with the VAMPIRE, PSYCHO, JACOB'S LADDER, HELLRAISER II, etc.) yet its composers' work (Hermann, Goldenthal, Jarre, Young) goes largely overlooked and underappreciated. One of the masters of the genre (Howard Shore of David Cronenberg fame) got his due this past year (rightfully so) w/ his masterful score for LORD OF THE RINGS. However, 2001 also saw another masterful score from Trevor Jones, a man who hits a career high with his take on themes such as love, death, disease, desire, addiction, remorse, melancholy, and rememberence. To be sure, this is a "dark" score, as "high gothic" as any Requiem or cathedral in France. The score here expands past the limits of the film's narrative (that of Jack the Ripper) and soars into a larger territory, probing ultimately the dark & foggy territory of the lusciously unknown. Of course, we could do w/o the Manson song at the beginning (there to make some extra money for the studio no doubt) but the start of the score (track 2) more than makes up for this mistake, offering the listener a suite of sorts encompassing most of the themes and motifs to be elaborated on over the course of the entire score. Not only is this track worth the price of this cd but it also showcases why Trevor Jones now joins the ranks of the contemporary masters.
(Also give a listen to Han Zimmer's score for HANNIBAL if you like this one.)