Composed By: Brian Tyler

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on Mary Mapes' memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power, Truth stars Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, producer of 60 Minutes Wednesday, and Robert Redford as respected journalist Dan Rather.  The movie focuses on the controversy surrounding the CBS 60 Minutes report, airing months before the 2004 presidential election, regarding the possibility of preferential treatment given to President George W. Bush while in the Texas Air National Guard in 1970 and absence from the Guard after a transfer to the Alabama Air National Guard.  The lack of credibility of the information, released just as President Bush was seeking re-election, caused both Mapes and Rather to lose their positions at CBS.

                The musical score of Truth was created by Brian Tyler, an American composer who has composed and conducted over seventy films during his career.  A multi-instrumentalist who can play piano, guitar, drums, bass, cello, world percussion, synth programming, guitarviol, charango, and bouzouki, Tyler began creating musical score for film in 1997 and often performs the music on those scores.  Some of Brian Tyler's film and television scoring credits include Avengers: Age of Ultron, Eagle Eye, Children of Dune, Rambo, The Expendables, Constantine, Scorpion, Hawaii Five-0 and Sleepy Hollow.

                The music of Truth is orchestral, featuring a dramatic strings and woodwinds opening.  The Main Title features heroic horns, fast strings strokes and crashing cymbals.  Piano themes enter in during tracks like Documents, in which you get the distinct impression of something discovered; Culmination, a somber piece and more.  Three Hours is a dynamic track featuring wood strikes that sound like slow, loud clock hand movements and an intriguing orchestral sound that becomes rather fast paced, culminating in a heavy hitting percussion piece.  Tyler describes the use of certain instruments in his themes as an attempt to make a connection with the "essence of journalism.  For instance, the sound of journalistic investigation is often the piano ostinato combined with harp since these instruments most closely resemble the act of typing. It has a metric, deliberate sound. And the plaintiff trumpet represents the militaristic and political narrative of the film. The horns have a noble, lion in winter quality for Dan Rather. And the strings tie everyone together emotionally."

                The Truth Soundtrack features some rather dramatic scoring that music aficionados will definitely find enjoyable.  As a stand alone album, the music weaves a story of intrigue, discovery, betrayal and some sadness.  As background music to the film, it can only serve to enhance the visuals and the emotions of the storyline itself.  Brian Tyler has definitely created a musical score well-suited for this film.  A job well done!


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