Delta Force 2 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Delta Force 2 by Frederic Talgorn.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 79.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 17.5
Album Excellence: 23%
Delta Force 2 AKA Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection and Delta Force 2: Operation Stranglehold is a 1990 American action film directed by Aaron Norris and starring Chuck Norris, John P. Ryan & Billy Drago. It is the sequel to the 1986 film The Delta Force. Ruthless Colombian drug lord Ramon Cota (Billy Drago) is tightening his hold on the global cocaine trade. With the Drug Enforcement Administration unsuccessful in blocking the steady stream of narcotics from entering the United States, the U.S. Army’s Delta Force is enlisted to try and bring Cota to justice. But when Cota strikes at Maj. Bobby Chavez’s (Paul Perri) family, the mission suddenly becomes very personal for Col. Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris). The score is composed by Frederic Talgorn.
The score to the original Delta Force by Alan Silvestri was excellent in parts, largely thanks to an amazing main theme and some great synth work. Talgorn isn’t usually a synth guy, and it’s 4 years later so I expect a very different score this time, and I’m pretty sure it’s orchestral. The score opens with ‘The Bear Pit’ and it’s a fully orchestral militaristic opening cue, drum march and all. It’s good, but I hope this isn’t the main theme as it doesn’t quite work well as a theme, but as an intro, this could be the start of something exciting. ‘The Limo Arrives’ is actually quite synth heavy and I didn’t expect that at all. Well, I should have done since the original program had a 14 minute synthesizer suite (which you can hear on CD 2). I just hope the synth stuff is better than ‘The Limo Arrives’, that was kind of hard to get through. ‘Cota’s Fooled Them’ is more orchestral dramatic scoring. I prefer this model to the synth model at this time, although it’s not super exciting (yet).
‘Skinhead Shuffle’ I can get behind. It’s a bit of a silly sounding synth piece, very short, but I like the very over-the-top synth music here, goofy and fun. Where’s the Colombian connection you may ask? Well, ‘Jose Gets The Blade’ got some flute going. It reminds me a bit of Kickboxer in the flute-heavy opening and I love that, lots of nostalgia. It does retain some flute, but it tones down the drama quite a bit which I didn’t enjoy. Maybe the best moment in this score s at 2:45 in ‘Skyjacking’ where Talgorn finally comes through with some Talgorn-like fantasy music. Ok, so fantasy music might not be the best choice here, but I can’t argue with that music. It’s brilliant and it makes it much more exciting. I think that Talgorn also has got the sadness part down well with the heartbreaking ‘Bobby Finds Dead Family’. The score finds itself at a crossroads. Synth or orchestral? I don’t think the mix is where it should be. I’d rather Talgorn went all synth or all orchestral and made it the best it could be. There are great examples of both though, but not enough for me.
4. Skinhead Shuffle
8. Bobby Finds Dead Family
13. Chuck Parachutes In
26. Delta Force Closing In
27. Not Today