With Everly by Bear McCreary is one of the most outstanding composers out there. His training comes from the late Elmer Bernstein ; as you might be aware Elmer was a master craftsman when it came to motifs and so his knowledge passed by. Bear McCreary had his chance scoring Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries along with Richard Gibbs. After BSG was picked up for a season Richard Gibbs stepped out (due to a professional choice) hence we got McCreary on board. The rest is history really, his talent and music has been evolving ever since and now almost 10 years since his inception in the composing world we have his newest cd, Everly.
For those of you who hasnt seen it yet, Everly is an action thriller that revolves around revenge, gangs, prostitutes and did I mention Salma Hayek? So the question that springs to my mind is, what about the score? As previously stated McCreary has evolved a lot since his last forray at the BSG world and the music while making some instruments connections everything you know about him is gone.
Boy! another year and another Fast and Furious film hit the theaters in March. This time around the score Furious 7 is once again penned by Brian Tyler who had to sit Fast Six since it was filmed in Spain (rumors which are very true by this point of time say that part of the contract filming in Spain stated that it was to be composed by a Spaniard national, come forward Lucas Vidal). Whatever the case for the previous film the music was so random that it hardly went noticed (no score released for this one).
Brian Tyler has made a name for himself , he is an orchestral powerhouse blending well with almost any kind of music style there is out there, sometimes he is a chameleon blending his orchestra with synthetic elements making his scores very close to Remote Control (with quality and actual music wit). Regarding his foray to the Fast and Furious franchise this would be his 4th score, scoring Tokyo Drift back in 2006 which introduced a fast pace string/guitar riff combo track, this as the foundations for his current theme. Next was Fast & Furious in 2009 which toyed with the idea, a little bit aimless but he added some more synths to the mix and the string section became more dynamic giving the score a more versatile approach.
The Interpreter by James Newton Howard is a political thriller film about an UN employee discovering a plot to kill a president from an African country, yes even at that time they were taking shots out of Robert Mugabe (president of Zimbabwe) personality. Whatever the drama involved in this film, the music was composed by James Newton Howard whom had a very busy year scoring King Kong (that 5 weeks affair was not a joke) and of course the high profile Batman Begins. I have to admit that The interpreter sounds like neither having its own voice and personality bringing the kinda of dull movie into life.
Usually movies like this are hard to score, yes the first rule from a soundtrack is to be functional; meaning that needs to serve the plot and the characters. Newton Howard had the task of making this film set in the UN Headquarters in New York to be restrained and at the same time bring some flavor into it, using the characters as point of contact for his motifs and his music to develop.