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In Time (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Composer: Craig Armstrong
Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Available 29 November 2011

When Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money - literally - enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day. In Time also stars Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy...

Craig Armstrong's previous scores have included Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Love Actually, The Bone Collector and Ray. But It was his music for World Trade Center that first brought him to my attention. When I watched the movie, it was the score I was most impressed by. Armstrong's music for In Time is in a similar vein to his work on World Trade Center, although it's not quite as emotionally powerful.

While there are some impressive set pieces over the course of this album's 45 minutes of music, spread over 25 tracks, there were also a few segments that didn't seem to go anywhere - pure atmospheric filler material. No doubt these work well in the movie, but seem a little dull when listened to without the visuals.

'Welcome to New Greenwich' was, for me, this album's standout moment. It's got a very memorable segment of music which is beautifully presented - shame it's not a little longer though.


Darren Rea

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