Soundtrack Review: Brake

Soundtrack Review: Brake

Brake Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Brake by Brian Tyler.

“This is not a score for great themes, but tense ambient and atmospheric film music.”

A Secret Service agent is held captive in the trunk of a car and endures mental and physical torture as terrorists attempt to extract information for their plot agains the President of the United States. Directed by Gabe Torres and starring Stephen Dorff, Chyler Leigh and JR Bourne, this looks to be an interesting and tense thriller. The composer is Brian Tyler.

Track List

1. Brake – Main Title ***
2. Roulette ****
3. The Blind Watchmaker ****
4. Inside the BOX ***
5. Regarding Melancholy ****
6. Pale Blue Dot ****
7. Surroundings ***
8. Pusher ***
9. Annalen Der Physik ****
10. Loss ***
11. The Cold and the Dark ****
12. Intrinsic Motion ***
13. Sense Memory ***
14. Suspicions ***
15. One Last Chance ****
16. Coda ****
17. Brake – End Title ****

Brian Tyler is at it again with two new releases from Varese Sarabande and both are thriller scores. Last time I heard a thriller score from Tyler was in 2009 with “Law Abiding Citizen”. The critics were undecided on this, however it didn’t go so well with me at the time. With Brake you get a lot of interesting sound design, but the score itself suffers a little bit because of it. This is not a score for great themes, but tense ambient and atmospheric film music.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The ‘Main Title’ is truly a cue for the sound engineer crowd as it doesn’t attempt much at a theme, although you can hear a small piano theme in there. ‘Roulette’ is more interesting to me because it starts off like ‘Main Title’ with a bit of edgy sound design, but has more of a theme at the end. Also great to hear more guitarwork by Tyler in ‘The Blind Watchmaker’, but it doesn’t quite excite me. ‘End Title’ feels like ‘Main Title’ part 2, but it works better, because it has more of a tough edge to it with more percussion.

Conclusion

I have to admit I am not a big fan of Tyler’s thriller score and Brake doesn’t convince me otherwise. Sure it has an interesting sound to it but it’s not enough for me. I want some standout cues and a more defined theme or two. It’s still not a bad score by any means, I liked it and it doesn’t contain a single bad cue, just please push the envelope a little bit more next time. I have to admit I feel bad giving only a 7 after all the hard work and energy Brian Tyler put into these scores, yeah I have checked your YouTube channel Brian ;), alas I have to be dead honest of what I think about the music and music only.

CUE RATING: 70.5
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Soundtrack Review: Brake, 7.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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