Super Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Super by Tyler Bates.
“This Tyler Bates is someone I can truly enjoy”
Remember Kick-Ass? The wannabe superhero movie? Well Super is like that, but more comical. Starring the very funny Rainn Wilson as The Crimson Bolt, this film is both charming and funny. After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into The Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills. Director James Gunn has again chosen Tyler Bates to score this movie. They worked together on Slither from 2006.
|2. Two Perfect Moments||****|
|5. The Prayer||*****|
|8. Finger of God||****|
|9. Holy Avenger’s Advice||****|
|12. The Second Prayer||*****|
|15. Libby Goes Down||*****|
|16. Aftermath and Resolution||*****|
Tyler Bates is keeping himself busy, but something has changed recently. Tyler Bates is mostly known for scoring horror and action movies, but his style hasn’t set the world on fire exactly. With Watchmen I noticed a small change in his repertoire with a couple of cues. This was a more melodic, more subtle Tyler Bates than I have been used to. Time would show if something more grew from this.
The NEW Tyler Bates
I recently listened to another score coming from Tyler Bates, The Way directed by Emilio Estevez. It is a very different score from what you are used to listening to when it comes to Tyler Bates. A review of that one will come soon, but going back to Super I notice that the music is a lot more thematic and toned down. The music is also simpler and more easy to listen to.
In the first cue written by Tyler Bates called ‘Two Perfect Moments’ there are vocals, but it’s a small reminder of what to come. The next cue ‘The Prayer’ is exactly what I love about the “new” Bates as he simply takes a minimalistic guitar and plays a beautiful theme. It’s similar to some of the music from Watchmean that reminded me a bit of Explosions in the Sky. Not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all Mr. Bates!
‘Finger of God’ really feels like finger of God in the way it was created. He has used a powerful choir to really give it a God-like feeling to the whole thing. He continues on with some church organs in ‘Holy Avenger’s Advice’.
By the way I love the female voice in most of the cues, it really adds to the whole experience.
In ‘The Second Prayer’ he continues on with more guitar, but adds some bass. The melody is really catchy and likeable.
My favorite cue might be ‘Libby Goes Down’, specially for the part that starts around 4:01 which is a brilliant and powerful ending to a great track that has been building up to a finale. It is a mix of synth, electric guitar, percussion and choir.
Then comes perhaps the most progressive rock-friendly track of them all. In ‘Aftermath and Resolution’, some rock drums and a bass guitar are the stars as it all comes down to a hopefully happy resolution.
I never really noticed before, but Tyler has potential as a hit-maker. I can just imagine someone singing upon this great track how it could easily be a hit.
Super is a really short score, but from what there is, it is really great. I love the easy-to-listen tracks, the powerful finale in ‘Libby Goes Down’ and the simplicity of it all. This Tyler Bates is someone I can truly enjoy, and it’s been a while since I have seen such a transformation. With “The Way” coming up, Tyler has a lot going for him. Of course we can’t expect this kind of music in the upcoming Conan, but I really enjoy this “new” Tyler Bates.
CUE RATING: 91.4