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The Dead (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Composer: Imran Ahmad
Indelible Music
RRP: £13.99
Available 12 December 2011

The music from independent zombie road hit movie The Dead, starring Rob Freeman, is written by London-based composer Imran Ahmad. The score is an eerie and mesmerizing listening experience that complements director Howard J. Ford and Jon Ford’s inventive imagery perfectly. Adding a unique timbre to the soundtrack is featured Eritrean vocalist Saba Tewelde and kora performances by Gambian virtuoso Jally Kebba Susso...

Imran Ahmad's score for The Dead ticks all the right boxes. It's atmospheric, hauntingly beautiful in places and eerie in others. Technically this couldn't have been any more fitting for the movie... So why is it that I found it such a difficult listening experience?

This is another one of those soundtracks that is technically faultless, and works incredibly well within the movie, but when listened to in isolation feels, on the whole, a little bit flat.

Highlights include the hauntingly beautiful tracks 'Theme From The Dead'; 'Hope I'; 'The Car'; and 'The Chief'. Then there's the creepy tracks, which generally incorporate rasping and screaming voices - all done to great effect: 'Plane Crash'; and 'The Beach'.

The album lasts for 1 hr, 04 min, 50 sec and is spread over 31 tracks. Technically a fantastically produced score, but not one I'd really want to listen to in isolation that often.


Darren Rea

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