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Apple TV+ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Blake Neely
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 10 July 2020

Lakeshore Records release Greyhound, Apple Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, with music by composer Blake Neely. The often tension-filled score uses orchestration to ominous effect as it evokes the events inspired by the Battle of the Atlantic which took place during World War II. Tom Hanks stars as a longtime Navy veteran who, as a first-time captain, is tasked with protecting a convoy of 37 ships carrying thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic during World War II...

The soundtrack to Greyhound is an ominous, yet compelling, score that drags you in and won't let you leave. The album contains 18 tracks (1 hr, 16 min, 48 sec) and pretty much starts as it means to go on. I don't think I've heard as atmospheric a score as this in quite some time. Even without the visuals your mind will conjure up its own imagery.

On the music, composer Blake Neely said: "Working with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman is always artistically exciting. They gave me a wide berth to create this score, allowing for an expansive main theme, anachronistic synths, large orchestra, relentless percussion, and musical sound design My goal for the music was to continually ratchet up the tension and almost never release, much like it would have felt for the brave soldiers at war."

And he does a remarkable job of delivering on that promise. It's the little touches that really sell it. The whistling and whale song on 'From Beneath' add an extra element of suspense and really helps to add to the creepy vibe of the track.

There's probably not quite enough in the way of memorable themes to make this accessible to a wider audience, but fans of the movie as well as serious soundtrack collector's really should add this to their collection. The closing 'But at What Cost' is easily the most emotional piece here.


Darren Rea

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