Red Lights

Composed By: Victor Reyes

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Simon Silver (Robert DeNiro) doesn't need eyes to see.  A renowned psychic, Silver reappears after an absence of thirty years to become the greatest challenge for two scientists.  Psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant, physicist Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy),  are dedicated to debunking paranormal activity.  They have set their sights on Simon Silver, but as the investigation moves forward, strange and unexplained phenomenon begin to take place.

            The musical score of the paranormal thriller Red Lights was created by Spanish composer Victor Reyes.  Having written music for a number of films in Spain and other international venues, Reyes has formed something of a partnership with Director Rodrigo CortÚs, composing the musical score for every one of his films.  Reyes has received much attention, earning critical acclaim for his work on The City With No Limits (En la ciudad sin lÝmites), The Contestant and Buried.

            The musical score of Red Lights features orchestral music played in a very low register, building up at points to create intensity and slamming you with noise whenever something paranormal strikes.  Thus, the listener is lulled into a false sense of security with the low tones and nearly silent background, then slammed into overdrive as he/she is hit with a burst of music and ambient noise.  The mood is somber and ominous and the tone leads the listener to believe that something sinister is going on.  This tone is prevalent throughout the entire soundtrack and only begins to lighten near the end of the album with the nineteenth track, ...And Then You Wake Up, leading the listener to believe that, at this stage of the game, revelations are being made and the darkness of the film is beginning to clear up.

            While Red Lights may be terrifically spooky background music for a paranormal thriller, it makes for a rather dull stand alone album.  There are just some musical scores that should remain as background music for a film and not be made into a soundtrack album to be sold to music aficionados.  Most music fans would be bored to tears with the music from the Red Lights Soundtrack, never realizing the intense experience it gives the movie-goer when coupled with the visuals of the film.  This is one soundtrack that will probably gather dust on the shelves, despite the cleverness of its composition.


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