The Informers Motion Picture Score

Composed By: Christopher Young

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Some time ago, I reviewed the soundtrack of The Informers, a movie set in early 1980s Los Angeles and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and Wynona Ryder.  The movie contains a group of characters of varying lifestyles whose storylines intertwine in a tale of lust and immorality which eventually reveals the emptiness in each characterís soul.  I enjoyed the soundtrack which contained quite a few of the classic Ď80s songs I grew up with.  It was with surprise that I received the musical score of the film in an entirely separate CD.  I wondered what other interesting music this film had to offer.

            The musical score of The Informers was created by American composer Christopher Young.  Toted as a composer who never repeats himself in any film score, Young has composed music for nearly one hundred films for quite a variety of genre.  His works include the soundtracks of Hellraiser, Swordfish, Drag Me To Hell, Sleepwalking, Untraceable, Spider-man 3, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Ghost Rider, The Grudge and more.

            As I listened to this CD, I again wondered at the release of a musical score album for this film.  The original soundtrack was only eleven tracks long and would only have benefited from additional select tracks of musical score.  I say select tracks, because I would only have bothered to select a few of the fifteen track found on the musical score album. 

            The musical composition for this film was regrettably forgettable with the exception of a couple of standout tracks.  No Wicked Way and Malibu Dope have some wicked guitar solos and definitely deserve some attention.  But, for the most part, the rest of the score is just plain boring.  I should have realized the lackluster composition I was about to listen to simply from the titles of the songs.  It was almost as if the corny titles were meant to add something interesting to the tracks - To Ryder, With Love, Toupee Tango, Dysfunctional Everything.

            If youíve already bought the Informers Soundtrack, be happy with your purchase and leave it at that.  Stay away from the Informers Motion Picture Score.  Itís a waste of time and money.


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