Thief Of Hearts Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Thief Of Hearts by Harold Faltermeyer.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 17.98
Album Excellence: 100%
Thief Of Hearts is a 1984 thriller film directed by Douglas Day Stewart and starring Steven Bauer, Barbara Williams and John Getz. A woman trapped in a boring marriage begins an affair with a handsome man who seems able to read her mind. She doesn’t know that he has broken into her house and read her diaries, where she has recorded her deepest thoughts and fantasies. The score is composed by Harold Faltermeyer. This film was actually nominated for a Razzie for worst film and worst score. Watch me prove at least half of that wrong.
Ah, the 80s, the best decade ever! It brought us some amazing music, both score and non-score. I’m sure most of you are familiar with Harold Faltermeyer (Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Tango & Cash, The Running Man, Fletch) and his glorious synths. In Thief Of Hearts there’s a soundtrack album with a little bit of score, so let’s get to it. It starts with ‘Stolen Secrets’ and this is Faltermeyer in top form. Just listen to that fantastic synth sequence ostinato in the beginning. When the secondary rhythm comes in at 29 seconds I am practically dancing. This is awesome! Long glorious synth pads ahead at 59 seconds. Percussion beat at 1:05, check! Strong lead guitar at 1:13, check! Amazing motif? Check! Yeah, judging by this opening cue, this score should please any fan of synth music in the 80s and it certainly pleases me. Fantastic robot female voice singing “Stolen Secrets In The Night” as well to top it off. This is a score that’s largely forgotten because Faltermeyer’s bigger hits, but his music has hardly been better than this cool cat. Yeah, this is my jam and I love it to bits. I could listen to hours of this. Straight from rock to ballad with ‘Love Theme From Thief Of Hearts’ which shows Faltermeyer skills to make soft and beautiful love themes. I remember he made a great one for Tango & Cash, but this is his best one. I get goose bumps whenever I hear this. This is one of his best cues ever. When that guitar comes in at 1:20 I am actually in the 80s. My mind has gone to the past and intends to stay there. Isn’t it great? Music can really take you back to a specific point in time, an era, a mood. This is why I love film music so much.
‘Thief Of Hearts (Instrumental)’ is the instrumental version of the title song sung by Melissa Manchester, which is glorious 80s gold, both song and motif. Well the instrumental music is slightly different, but it’s so so good. It’s a rock anthem, which is further powered by a fantastic guitar solo just after 2 minutes in. The theme itself is pure gold. ‘Collage’ is starting with a heavenly sounding synth taking the love theme and pushing it further into the skies and above. Then at 1 minute in, all the best of 80s synth music is mixed into one as Faltermeyer gives his most energetic performance yet. Reminds me a bit of Jan Hammer’s most exciting work for Miami Vice. Interesting, but when listening to the opening collage I realise that Christophe Beck must have been inspired by it for the amazing Buffy & Angel love theme in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Back to ‘Collage’, it just seems to get better and better. Stunning work by Faltermeyer. This way too short score ends with ‘Final Confrontation’ which is quite different to the rest of the score. This is a darker Blade Runner-esque synth cue.
This was yet another glorious example of why Faltermeyer was up there with the best, if not the best, when it comes to 80s synth music. He was amazing back then and what a shame this score is so short, because this might be his best work. Seek it out if you are a fan of 80s synth. You’ll have a blast!
3. Stolen Secrets *
5. Love Theme From Thief Of Hearts *
8. Thief Of Hearts (Instrumental) *
9. Collage *
10. Final Confrontation