Runaway Jury [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Runaway Jury [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Christopher Young

CD

Overview

In much the same way that Runaway Jury felt like it was assembled from bits of other legal thrillers, Christopher Young's score for the film sounds like a collage of music from other likeminded sources. The moody, contemporary-sounding piano, synths, prickly rhythm guitars, and vocals from "Runaway Jury" recall both Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke's music for The Insider as well as the work of Thomas Newman, but the score may owe its biggest debt to Mike Post's music for Law & Order. The heavy reliance on electric pianos, muted guitars, and fretless bass on tracks like "Dumb Witness," "Voir Dire," "Habeas Corpus," and "Cheaper By the Dozen" certainly sets a mood, but it also sounds dated and overly familiar. Hints of Lalo Schifrin and Newman also color the percussive "Shark Tactics" and the more ethereal "Jury for Sale" and "Erase Her from My Heart"; at least Young only borrows from the best. A slightly cheesy feel mars the soundtrack as well, particularly on "The Divine Komeda," "Easter's Con," and "Fayeth in Fate No More," but later on in the score Young delivers some redeeming moments. "Rankin Fitch" is an unobtrusive but tense piece, and "Spilt Whiskey" and "The Devil's Not Such a Bad Guy After All" have some unique percussive touches that set them apart from some of the other, more recycled-sounding compositions. Too slick and predictable for its own good, Runaway Jury isn't a bad score, but it doesn't offer much to soundtrack fans in the way of originality.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Varese Sarabande
UPC: 0030206652420
catalogNumber: 066524

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christopher Young   Primary Artist
Teresa James   Vocals
Adam Stern   Conductor

Technical Credits

Steve Smith   Engineer
Robert Fernandez   Engineer
Robert Townson   Executive Producer
Christopher Young   Composer,Producer
Jonathan Pryce   Engineer
Konstantino Christides   Score Coordinator
Flavio Motallo   Producer
Christine Bergren   Music Business Affairs
Wael Binali   Score Coordinator
Dave Giuli   Producer,Score Coordinator
Melissa Orquiza   Score Coordinator
Jasper Randall   Score Coordinator
Vlad Solovey   Score Coordinator
Flavio Motalla   Producer
Steve Smith   Engineering
Jonathan Price   Engineering
Konstantinos Christides   Score Coordinator

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