Soundtrack Review: The Strange Ones

Soundtrack Review: The Strange Ones

The Strange Ones Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Strange Ones by Brian McOmber.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 22.7
Album Excellence: 100%

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The Strange Ones is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein and starring Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson & Emily Althaus. Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets. The score is composed by Brian McOmber.

I’ve come across Brian McOmber before. I reviewed his 2015 score Krisha and I have to say I didn’t like it at all. So I’m really curious and I hope for a massive redemption on McOmber’s part. This movie looks interesting and it’s been getting mostly good reviews. It’s a short score, only around 23 minutes and it opens with the title cue ‘The Strange Ones’ which isn’t as strange as it sounds, although it’s certainly unorthodox. I rarely hear flute being used this way, and certainly not as the main instrument. The theme is interesting and unnerving. I’m not sure though, but as of right now, I’m into it.

The first half of the score consists of really short cues. It’s not until the second part of the score you’ll encounter 2+ minute cues. I like the short ones though, and I get a weird feeling when listening to them and this score in general. It’s a mysterious sound to it, almost Twin Peaks kind of mysterious. It’s scary as well. The cue ‘Home’ for example is barely a couple of notes, but it’s so creepy that I enjoy it for what it is. The second part changes the feel of the score starting with ‘Stand Off’ as the music grows deeper in complexity adding some synth music to the underscore, and I’m definitely enjoying that, particularly the wild flute sequences. same can be said for the other 2+ minute cues which has a different feel to them, but still very enjoyable to listen to.

What it isn’t though is a typical thriller score, at least not what I’m used to. I do seem to remember Krisha being weird and experimental and that being the big part of not enjoying it so much. This isn’t so much experimental, but it is certainly different and I enjoy the mood it creates. For me, it gives me the feeling of being lost in some scary woods somewhere knowing bad things has happened and is going to happen. It’s that kind of score, bringing you the mood and not necessarily ear candy. Going in, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t surprised by this except maybe how much I enjoyed this. Going in, I didn’t expect to like it so much, but there’s something to be said for scores like this. It grabs me and keeps me in a place I don’t necessarily want to be, but I’m really grateful for the listening experience and to me, a full redemption for Brian McOmber.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. The Strange Ones
2. Country Road
3. Home
4. The Old Motel
5. Under Water
6. Towed And In The Back
7. In Flames
8. The Cabin
9. Not Quite Lumberjack
10. The Stand Off
11. The Farm
12. Of Birds And Horses
13. Alone On The Dusty Road
14. To Hell
15. Nick
16. Sam
17. Reprise

GD Star Rating
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