Middle Men Original Soundtrack by Brian TylerThe premise about Middle Men is very simple, a couple of guys get the idea of scanning pictures of nude females and post em in the internet, that my friends was a breakthrough in the way we perceive porn today, basically the mother of all porn and steaming was made out of this sad idea. The only concept they failed to attain was the business part and this is were Jack Harris (Luke Wilson), an entrepreneur gets involved making the concept of billing for it more appealing for costumers and owners alike. Of course in the meantime there’s a subplot about the Russian mob getting involved in the deal, a shady lawyer, a porn star and Jack´s family. This is Brian Tyler and director George Gallo first collaboration and I got to admit that for my money, it was a very productive one indeed.
Title: Middle Men Composer: Brian Tyler Tracks: 17 Year: 2010 Label: ABKCO Records Rating: ***/2Let me sidetrack a little, I listened in the radio a Brian Tyler´s interview about 3 years ago were he mentions that sometimes after the big blockbuster assignments he takes something a little under the radar. As he puts it, he likes to experiment different styles and sonic scopes that the big budget films doesn’t let him to. So Middle Men came in 2010, I believe he had The Expendables and Battle: LA coming up in that spring, before that it was Fast & Furious, The Final Destination and Dragonball Evolution, so Ill take his word in this one. Back to Middle Men, Tyler crafted a couple of motifs that wave and interpolate one to another in different points of the story. With so much going on in the film it was a necessity that this motifs could be perform in more less the same sonic range. Got interest by now??
The first theme is introduced in “My name is Jack Harris“, very explanatory right?? well with this type of film were right and wrong are usually in a complete blur, the theme goes by the same rule. Tense violins make the introduction, slowly the begin to get busier till the electronic percussion comes in. Then by the hand of violins, cello and electric guitar they make the statement of the theme, I believe its on 4/4 range. The theme works well cause its dark and brooding but at the same time, it carries the weight of the emotional part of the character. The theme reprises in Full Circle, Broken and Aimless Electricity Upon Touch . Aimless Electricity Upon Touching comes out in a pivotal scene where Jack finally gives up to temptation but at the same time he feels guilt about it and his best way to express this is silence. It is a very personal track were the orchestra lets us in the feelings and emotions of the character; the synth and the guitar works perfectly here giving the track a mesmerizing effect. At the end the Jack Harris theme is introduced by a guitar riff, very subtly, in a sense of loss that not many composers can achieve.
Broken comes up when Jack finally realizes what he has lost over his addiction issues. The track is less subtle than Aimless Electricity Upon Touching in the sense that it is out front and honest , this time the theme is carried by a lonely piano with backed up strings that slowly they give away telling us that Jack is ready to make a choice. Finally at Full Circle we listen to the theme at full statement, nevertheless it never fully grows and it ends up being ambiguous at best combining the tribulations of Jack Harris and leaving it in the air suggesting that Jack Harris never came back from his entrepreneur journey. For me this track summarizes the man’s path towards destruction and redemption.
As for the business theme, we get “Middle Men” which I have to admit, is very catchy, it starts out with this sassy guitar riffs , very grungy and playful. Some metal percussion thrown in and you have the perfect groove for this type of film. Now at the 1:12 mark the third theme comes up, which is comes up every time Harris or his business has some kind of conspiracy against it. Friendly Warning marks the example of this, with nervous string and light percussion, they build the drama up to the point where the metal percussion comes up. So this is Brian Tyler doing something different from his usual “blow the walls with my sound” kind of music.In the end Middle Men is a nice break from Tyler usual sound, better yet, it gives the movie a purpose and context, which usually in this kind of film, it gets lost between right and wrong. The score wont suit everybody´s taste but it is <in the right mood> a very sensitive score <at times> that not only reflects the going drama in the screen, but it also reflects what happens to an everyday man that loses his ground and how he copes with the loses in his life.
- My Name Is Jack Harris (01:46) 2. Middle Men (02:21) 3. Tightrope (02:42)
- Wayne And Buck (02:09) 5. Broken (04:07)
- Down The Rabbit Hole (02:47)
- Boat Ride (02:23)
- Back To L.A. (01:42) 9. Aimless Electricity Upon Touching (04:30)
- Paranoia (02:11)
- Friendly Warning (03:22)
- Guilt (03:39)
- Trouble (01:57)
- FBI (02:55)
- Alejandro (02:30)
- Full Circle (02:36)
- Middle Men Finale (03:07)
Tags: Aimless Electricity Upon Touching, Brian Tyler, Broken, Broken and Aimless Electricity Upon Touch, Dragonball Evolution, Fast & Furious, Full Circle, George Gallo, Jack Harris, Jack´s family, Luke Wilson, Middle Men, My name is Jack Harris, The Final Destination
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