Title - 'Seven (Complete Original Score)'
Artist - Howard Shore
Howe Records is pleased to announce the release of yet another expanded collector's edition soundtrack. Released this past September 16th, 2016, we are presented with the long awaited release of Howard Shore's complete original score for David Fincher's famously gripping thriller, 'Seven'.
With this Collector's Edition, the full score for this classic 90's film staring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman is available to the public for the first time. Culling from the 15-film collaboration between celebrated filmmaker David Cronenberg and Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore, 'Se7en's complete original score is top notch, the best you'll ever have heard it here in this Collector's Edition Vol. 7 release.
Just to remind you, to get you in the audio mood, 'Seven' (aka 'Se7en') is a 1995 American mystery neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley, R. Lee Ermey, and Kevin Spacey.
The film was based on a screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker. It tells the story of David Mills (Pitt), a young detective who is partnered with the retiring William Somerset (Freeman) and soon tasked with tracking down a serial killer (Spacey) who uses the seven deadly sins as tropes in his murders.
As for Howard Shore himself, well, Shore is a Canadian composer who is notable for his film scores. He has composed the scores for over 80 films, most notably the scores for 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' film trilogies.
He won three Academy Awards for his work on the first trilogy, with one being for the original song "Into the West", an award he shared with Eurythmics lead vocalist Annie Lennox and Writer/Producer Fran Walsh, who wrote the lyrics. He is also a consistent collaborator with director David Cronenberg, having scored all but one of his films since 1979.
Listening to the score again certainly brings back the memories and even prompted me to dig in my old DVD collection and watch the movie over again! Shore certainly knew how to deliver a score that builds the suspense and take us on a thrilling ride with this one. "Gluttony" (track 2) acts like a morbid gateway as we are introduced and begin our journey into the satirical horror of John Doe.
It's slow "walk like" tempo and pulsing orchestra keeps pace like uneasy breathing as we "see" the horror unfold before us in the darkened room. Shore scores a cue for all of the deadly sins in the movie and each one takes an interpretative personality of their own. While some seem to musically capture the sin itself, others are more representative of the onscreen action as investigators search and discover the crimes.
There is a constant and dynamic tension building throughout the score however, and it's here where Shore demonstrates his mastery in pulling the viewer deeper into this world of madness. At nearly 70 minutes in length, and chock full of some of the most influential and desultory, and yet ultimately sublime tracks, 'Seven' is one of the BEST cinematic scores in existence.