Exposed Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Exposed by Carlos Jose Alvarez.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 82.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 8.4
Album Excellence: 20.1%
Exposed AKA Daughter Of God is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Declan Dale and starring Keanu Reeves, Ana De Armas and Mira Sorvino. A police detective investigates the truth behind his partner’s death. The mysterious case reveals disturbing police corruption and a dangerous secret involving an unlikely young woman. The score is composed by Carlos Jose Alvarez.
The score opens with ‘Dreaming Awake’, a kind of a sad prologue, but quite beautiful. There’s a piano theme and some subtle humming. Nothing too special, but it does give indication of a mood that is powerful emotionally. ‘Isabel’s Miracle’ is another sad tale, but more subtle. Simple but effective strings lays the foundation while dark and mysterious sound effects in the underscore makes you sit up and take notice. There’s something sinister about this miracle and Alvarez plays it well. I like the way the music builds up. In the second part the strings and piano become much more powerful and you can barely hear the underscore.
It’s quite easy to get a grasp on this score, it has a definite feeling of longing or sadness. There’s hardly any “big” outbursts in it. It’s subtle, perhaps like the movie is, and this has created a little problem for me because as nice as this is, I want the music to break out a little from it’s monotony, something to really wow me or at least make a dent into my psyche, my emotional being. Just like the score is sort of “lingering” it is also “lingering” with me. I can’t quite get a hold of it yet it makes for a lovely listening experience, just not a great one. There are of course exceptions. One of the cues that really stood out for me was ‘Jose Come Home’. It retains the sadness yet goes about in a much less subtle way. I like that on a lot and it goes to show that not a lot is required for the rest to “push” it above the boundaries a little to make it stand out. I wish that more cues did that but it never happens, that is until the title cue ‘Exposed’, at least not for me. This is a score I’d like to listen to a few more times, but not right away. I’ll let my impressions sink in after the first couple of listens and then see when I am ready for a third listen. I think this is a score that will grow on me, but as of right now it’s a score that I feel missed the mark where I’m concerned. What do you think of the score?
7. Jose Comes Home