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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Bill Brown
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 22 September 2017

MovieScore Media release Bill Brown's score for Negative. The movie centres on Hollis, an amateur photographer who, after taking a picture of a woman on the street, is shocked when the woman knocks on his apartment door and threatens his life. Demanding that he and the photograph must leave town with her or she will have to kill him, Hollis reluctantly obliges. While on the run, the woman, Natalie, reveals she's an ex-MI5 agent that double-crossed a Colombian Cartel. Just as she was about to escape for good, Hollis's photograph surfaced and now the Cartel knows their whereabouts...

Bill Brown's score for Negative is, on the whole, a strictly by the numbers affair. It opens, promisingly, with 'Theme From Negative' which builds incredibly well... and I was hoping that the rest of the score would be in a similar vein. Sadly, it's not. Which is a shame as he's written some great scores in the past (Brother's Keeper; Desiree).

There are moments, like 'None of it Matter', where Brown is allowed to showcase his art of delivering a subtle, beautiful segment of music, but it's really a collection of atmospheric background themes, the sort that wash over you and don't really leave any real lasting impression.

The album contains 16 tracks (47 min, 24 sec) and is probably one best heard where it was intended, in the movie to heighten the tension.


Darren Rea

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