Racing Extinction Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the documentary score Racing Extinction by J. Ralph.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 77
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 4.7
Album Excellence: 10.2%
Racing Extinction is a 2015 documentary film directed by Louie Psihoyos and starring Elon Musk, Joel Sartore and Louie Psihoyos. Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth’s history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or ‘Age of Man’, because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award® winning film THE COVE, is back for “Racing Extinction”. Along with some new innovators, OPS will bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight. The score is composed by J. Ralph.
The score opens with ‘The Whole World Is Singing’ and this is sounding like a cautionary tale, a thriller from real life. The music is partly worrying, partly exploring. It’s really interesting and Ralph has created a unique soundscape for the occasion. ‘The Hump’ is next and it’s more rhythmic and ethnic. The voice here is strong, unique. It’s not a typical “background” documentary score. The music feels like it’s craving attention and it is. I am definitely engaged here, but the great music I want to hear isn’t happening so far.
It seems to me like the score is far too busy trying to be unique and engaging rather than providing some great music. It’s pretentious as it plays out in a number of different scenarios. It’s mostly dark and using ethnic instruments which I’m sure makes a lot of sense in context, but on album, it’s losing me. I need to watch this film to understand the score. I can’t connect with the music emotionally, but I do connect with it intellectually. There’s something interesting about it, something to explore, but not necessarily enjoy. If I’m honest, I’ll probably won’t give it another chance, but you never know. I like to go back sometimes to listen to scores I didn’t particularly connect with to see if something has changed and sometimes it does. What do you think of the score?
23. Racing Extinction (Reprise)