CHARLIE BRIGDEN IS A WRITER AND JOURNALIST BASED IN SOUTH WALES WHO SPECIALISES IN FILM AND FILM MUSIC WRITING. HE HAS A REPUTATION FOR AN INCISIVELY ANALYTIC AND ENTERTAINING STYLE AND CAN BE FOUND AT SUCH PLACES AS THE QUIETUS AND ROGER EBERT AS WELL AS WORKING FOR CLIENTS LIKE MONDO AND INDICATOR.

The Homesman

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Title: The Homesman

Composer: Marco Beltrami

The Film: Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in another of his edgy westerns where he and Hilary Swank have to transport three mentally ill women to Iowa.

The Score: I've never really been able to connect with Beltrami's scores below the surface, but something about The Homesman speaks to me. It's a wonderfully evocative score, sparse at times but honestly emotional, with a beautiful main melody.

Distinguishing Features: That gorgeous main theme - especially in 'The Homesman End Credits' - that sounds like something Jerry Goldsmith would have written in his latter period.

Final Thoughts: It's a beautiful score, although maybe even forty-six minutes is pushing it for an album due to the sometimes esoteric material. But I'd still heartily recommend it.

The Homesman is out now from Varese Sarabande

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