Fair Game

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Doug Liman's Fair Game is the cinematic account of one of the biggest scandals of the George W. Bush administration, the Valerie Plame Affair. The screenplay is based on the book of the same name by Valerie Plame Wilson and on the book The Politics of Truth by her husband, Joseph Wilson, both concerning Plame Wilson's public outing as a CIA agent after Wilson disputed the Administration's assertion that Saddam Hussein had "Weapons of Mass Destruction" as a justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the U.S. (Of course, it turned out that, as Wilson suggested, he did not.) Who outed Plame Wilson was a disputed matter, but eventually Scooter Libby, an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Doug Liman's Fair Game is the cinematic account of one of the biggest scandals of the George W. Bush administration, the Valerie Plame Affair. The screenplay is based on the book of the same name by Valerie Plame Wilson and on the book The Politics of Truth by her husband, Joseph Wilson, both concerning Plame Wilson's public outing as a CIA agent after Wilson disputed the Administration's assertion that Saddam Hussein had "Weapons of Mass Destruction" as a justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the U.S. (Of course, it turned out that, as Wilson suggested, he did not.) Who outed Plame Wilson was a disputed matter, but eventually Scooter Libby, an assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of perjury in connection with it. Liman's film is described as an "action thriller" depicting these events, and John Powell's score, while employing an orchestra, relies heavily on highly percussive sounds provided by guitarist Vivian Milanova, keyboard sampler Zac Rae, and especially drum and percussion sampler Joey Waronker. (There is also a credit to Beth Caucci as "sound programmer.") The strings are there in the music, but they are often in the background, with an echoey sound, adding accents to the throbbing bass and percussion sounds. This is a score full of disturbingly dark and low-pitched sounds, no doubt supporting the mystery and suspense of the story. At times, the music suggests a U2 song that hasn't quite gotten going yet, particularly the final track, "Testify," which sounds like it might turn into "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" any second.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • UPC: 780163419429
  • Catalog Number: 34194
  • Sales rank: 342,795

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kuala Lumpur (1:40)
  2. 2 The White House (2:22)
  3. 3 Gathering Intel (3:04)
  4. 4 Joe's Report (3:57)
  5. 5 Bruises (1:37)
  6. 6 Smaky (1:00)
  7. 7 Sixteen Words (2:59)
  8. 8 Run Up To War (2:55)
  9. 9 Change The Story (3:07)
  10. 10 Uncomfortable Love (6:04)
  11. 11 Breaking Point (3:58)
  12. 12 Ready To Fight (2:55)
  13. 13 Testify (4:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Powell Primary Artist
Gavin Greenaway Conductor
Vivian Milanova Guitar
Technical Credits
Paul Mounsey Arranger, Programming
John Bergin Art Direction, Layout
Gavin Greenaway Orchestration
Nick Wollage Engineering
Paul Katz Executive Producer
Skip Williamson Executive Producer
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
Marc Viner Engineering
James McKee Smith Arranger, Programming
Germaine Franco Orchestration
Brian McNelis Executive Producer
Julianne Jordan Executive Producer
Perry Montague-Mason Orchestra Leader
Michael John Mollo Arranger, Programming
John Powell Composer
Tommy Laurence Orchestration
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