Son of the Mask

Artists: Randy Edelman/Various
Silva Screen
RRP £14.99
Available 07 February 2005

A decade after the legendary mask of Loki wreaked havoc on the life of an unsuspecting adult, the magical mask finds its way into the possession of a child...

What a shame this soundtrack didn't have more than the miserly 24 minutes of original orchestrated score by Randy Edelman. I could have easily lived without some of the other inclusions (especially Stephen Bishop murdering Lois Armstrong's classic What a Wonderful World.)

Compilations like this frustrate me. Those that want to buy a soundtrack for the orchestrated score usually don't want to hear songs that appeared for 2 seconds in the background. And those that only like vocals on their soundtracks - usually rap these days - don't want to listen to the orchestrated scores. Personally I fall into the former category. I love the orchestrated music - if I wanted a compilation album of old music there are plenty of classic collections out there.

The soundtrack kicks off with Ryan Cabrera's Inside Your Mind. This is your typical movie soft pop track and is relatively pleasant - although nothing earth shattering. The rest of the CD consists of old classics (including Chubby Checker's The Twist and Neil Diamond's Thank the Lord for the Night Time), truly awful reworkings of some classic tracks (like the very poor If My Friends Could See Me Now and the aforementioned dire reworking of What a Wonderful World) and Randy Edelman's score.

Edelman's music for Son of Mask is head and shoulders above the rest of the tracks. It's so busy - and I'm sure I witnessed a homage to Ennio Morricone's score for Once Upon a Time in the West.

If you ignore the bad tracks and just listen to Edelman's music then you'll enjoy this release. It's just a shame we weren't given a little more of the original orchestrated score.

Nick Smithson

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