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Walking with the Enemy
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Timothy Williams
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 10 February 2015

Lakeshore Records release Timothy Williams's score to Walking with the Enemy. The film is set in Hungary during the final months of World War II. A young man sets out to find his displaced family by using a stolen Nazi uniform to pose as an officer. Filled with suspense and danger, he undertakes extraordinary measures to reroute his family and others to safety by disrupting the activities of the German occupiers...

Timothy Williams's score for Walking with the Enemy totally took me by surprise. I enjoyed his previous music for Red Sky, and was intrigued to hear what he would deliver this time around. I was expecting the standard WWII score (made popular by John William's music for Saving Private Ryan and console games like Michael Giacchino's work on the early Medal of Honor games. But, what Timothy Williams delivers here tops all of them.

The spirit of John Williams is alive and well in several tracks (most notably in the closing moments of 'Sophie') but it's John Williams's score for War Horse which these segments brought to mind.

Like all scores I listen to, I played this through a handful of times to get a feel for it, and then listened several more times to get to grips with the music more intimately. However, the music here was so rich and varied that every time I listened to it I'd make a note of which tracks stood out, and almost every time I played it I found new segments I hadn't really caught on the previous plays through. In fact, by the time I was ready to write this review I had notes on why I loved almost every single track.

The majority of the music on this 21 track (47 min, 57 sec) album is beautiful and multi-layered. This is an epic score that should be in every soundtrack fan's collection.


Darren Rea

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