I tell ya, I've never really been a big fan of Elliot Goldenthal. His scores, for me, haven't really hit the mark. Haven't heard his score for "Frida", but hey...it won the Oscar. His score for "Interview With The Vampire" was so-so, and as for his two scores for the Batman films...well, I really missed Danny Elfman. So when I heard that he was doing the score for "S.W.A.T.", I was less than enthused. But after seeing the movie and hearing the score, I had to get the CD. It's really not a bad score at all. It's loud, hard, and I think perfect for this type of film. The massive guitars really add a nice backdrop to the hard-edged routines of S.W.A.T.
Of particular interest on this CD comes from a cue that Goldenthal had nothing to do with. Track #8 "S.W.A.T. 911" is an exciting remix of the classic original television S.W.A.T. Theme, performed by Danny Saber. It's a great cue!
I probably could have done without the last tune, a hip-hop take on S.W.A.T., oddly named "Samuel Jackson".
All in all, this is a good CD, and worth the purchase. It's perfect for working out to. Goldenthal manages to create a propulsive and highly aggressive score for this much anticipated action blockbuster.
Even if you don't have any Goldenthal soundtracks on your rack (like me!), this CD will be a welcome addition, and one that will be often heard.