The Rover

Music Composed By: Antony Partos

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            The dystopian drama The Rover takes place in the future, ten years after the collapse of the global economy put the world in a state of turmoil.  In the lawless wasteland that is the Australian outback, Eric (Guy Pierce) is a angry drifter with a cold heart who has left his past and anyone he has ever known behind.  When his car is stolen - the one and only possession he has left - he sets out to track the thieves down and exact revenge, but strikes an unlikely relationship with the young troubled men once he finds them.

            The musical score of The Rover was created by Antony Partos and features additional music by Sam Petty.  Award winning Australian composer Antony Partos began his career in scoring in 1991, beginning with film shorts and television before moving on to full feature films.  Some of his film credits include Animal Kingdom, The Home Song Stories, Disgrace, Accidents Happen and Unfinished Sky.  Sam Petty is a sound designer and additional film score composer whose career in film began with the 1996 film The Boys.  Since then, he has worked on a number of theatre productions, documentaries and feature films, including Animal Kingdom, Lore, The Hunter and The Grandmaster.

            From the very start of The Rover Soundtrack, I found myself staring at the CD player, eyebrows raised.  What were the noises coming out of there - was it broken?  The first track, appropriately titled Four-Day Interval, sounded like someone had let a toddler pound on some synth keys.  Arrival is basically the sound of an annoying insect buzzing your ear every five seconds.  (No) Vacancy features more screechy, annoying sounds mixed in with what sounds like someone blowing bubbles in water and ambient sound reverberated.  The rest of the album is more of the same, featuring really strange ambient sounds and reverb, often sounding like some sort of breathy instrument that is definitely off-key. 

            That being said, The Rover Soundtrack is definitely a noise maker that I would pass up in the record stores.  I don't know how this music works as a backdrop for the movie, but as a stand alone soundtrack, I predict it will collect dust...lots of dust...on the music shelves.


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