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Lakeshore Records release Roque Baños's score for Don't Breathe. Rocky, Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind veteran who won a major cash settlement following the death of his only child. Figuring he's an easy target, the trio invades the man's secluded home in an abandoned neighbourhood. Finding themselves trapped inside, the young intruders must fight for their lives after making a shocking discovery about their supposedly helpless victim...
We were sent two versions of this score by two different PR companies. Both feature Roque Baños's haunting score, but only the Lakeshore Records PR release from The Krakower Group had the track titles and correct running order. The other one (which to be fair was sent a few month earlier and appeared to be from the composer's PR company) had no track titles and was in a totally different running order - in fact none of the tracks had the same run time. Now, because the score is basically atmospheric background music cues I couldn't even match up the two to check if they were the same score, so I've gone with the Lakeshore Records release (which had a running time of 59 min, 14 sec when compared to the other release's 43 min, 03 sec).
This is mostly an album full of atmospheric music cues. However, these are cues with intricate themes tucked away in some of the tracks. There are just enough interesting themes here to elevate this up significantly from the standard horror/suspense music cue based scores. But it's still not an album most could stomach to listen to from start to finish.
'Leaving Town' and 'Don't Breathe Credits' have arguably this album's finest moments. 'Leaving Town has a particularly beautiful piano based theme.
While on balance this is more hit than miss, it's still basically a cues based score that is only really intended to be enjoyed within the movie.