- Audio CD (Aug. 12 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Outside Music
- Run Time: 117 minutes
- ASIN: B0000AOV6Y
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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|1. Bullet Frenzy|
|2. Don't Shoot Me Baby|
|3. My Big Black Assault Weapon|
|4. AK-47 Scherzo|
|5. Three Chords In Two Minutes|
|6. Run For Your Life|
|7. The Fascist Shuffle|
|8. S.W.A.T. 911 - Danny Saber|
|9. Crash Landing|
|10. That Cop Stole My Car|
|11. S.W.A.T. Sticker - Elliot Goldnethal|
|12. Bullet Frenzy II - Elliot Goldnethal|
|13. Time Is Running Out - Apollo Four Forty|
|14. Samuel Jackson - Hot Action Cop|
S.W.A.T. ~ S.W.A.T. (Score)
In film scoring's best moments it's easy to forget that it's as much craft as art, at best a shotgun marriage of music and commerce. Which is exactly the challenge veteran composer Eliot Goldenthal faced segueing from his sublime Frida, the rich, Mexican folk-inflected score that netted him an Oscar, to this more traditional Hollywood action vehicle. Goldenthal ably echoes the film's admirable realism-over-stunts mentality with the same brooding, deliciously dark orchestral sensibility he brought to Titus and the surprising Final Fantasy. And then there's the commerce--great dollops of rock guitar and pounding rhythms that often seem grafted on as some sort of marketing enticement. Yet left to his own devices, Goldenthal often proves he's as capable as any of the McClub-oriented tracks commissioned from the likes of Danny Saber and Apollo Four Forty--and on spare, slinky cues like "Don't Shoot Me Baby" and "Three Chords in Two Minutes" (now there's a film scorer's inside joke-title) may just be one step ahead. --Jerry McCulley
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The score is a fusion of electronic synth scoring and orchestrated scoring. Goldenthal seems to focus more on beats and rhythms, almost throwing melody and harmony out the back window. The highlights here are when Goldenthal gives the orchestra the spotlight, especially his brass section. One strong track on this score is "My Big Black Assault Weapon" with its big shiny brass hooks laced with a thick rock beat. Throughout the CD, there are pockets of really interesting orchestral moments such as the opening strings in "Crash Landing" and "That Cop Stole My Car."
The remix of the well-known TV show theme by Danny Saber is a strong one. It melds the familiar disco tune with brooding low strings, giving the theme song a newfound cinematic oomph. It's strange. A disco tune/TV theme actually sounds really good if done right. Goldenthal tries his knack on the theme as well in "S.W.A.T. Sticker." It's too bad it's a ridiculously short track because he actually improves on the theme song and actually makes it sound like a formidable theme to a big Summer Blockbuster. The songs in the CD fit perfectly well with the score. Hot Action Cop's "Samuel Jackson" is a strange one. After a few listens, this fun rock ditty actually grows on you. Maybe because they're 'vocal' rendition of the TV theme song borders on parody even though they execute the song with such gusto.
I remember seeing the film and thinking to myself how I wanted to lower the volume on the score so that I can actually hear the hit-or-miss dialogue ("Did they REALLY just say that God-awful line?"). Overall, this CD is too much of a mixed inconsistent effort. At least the TV theme song sounds cool again.
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.
The result is an orchestrally based score, with heavy use of dischordant strings to emphasize the chaotic nature of the gun fights. Not having seen the film yet, I cannot comment how effectively this might work in the picture, but on CD it is not an easy listen. There doesn't appear to be an easily recognisable signature theme for our heroic 'boys in blue' and the tense moments seem more akin to Alien3 than a cop movie. Although I enjoyed Goldenthal's work in "Heat", listeners looking for a pumped-up, pounding action score should go elsewhere.
A couple songs at the end of the CD do not detract from the score as many songs do when tacked on to a score cd. Instaed they compliment the score (almost like a section of the score - but with words).
I only wish it was a little longer than 47 minutes.
"Linkin Park SWAT"
In your KaZaa search, it will find that song and it says it is part of the SWAT Soundtrack, but really it isnt. This soundtrack is actually really pitiful and I wouldnt waste a penny on it.
original and innovative composers working today.
Every score he puts out is outstanding, and this one is
very good. SWAT brings back fond memories of the Michael
Mann film Heat which Elliot scored as well as Demolition Man.
You can buy this CD with absolute confidence, you can't
go wrong with Goldenthal.
I have not listend to the score from the movie, but other than the soundtrack missing the Stones song it has most of the other songs that were played in the movie.
Overall: Don't expect a GREAT soundtrack.