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Reviewed on 22nd April 2007.



By Herbert

Astonishingly, this is Matthew Herbert's third full-length release in little over twelve months. After last years acclaimed soulful pop masterpiece 'Scale' and the re-released old school house/techno package '100lbs', Herbert exercises his musical versatility once more with seventeen multi-genre compositions for the big screen.

Those expecting a more electronic-based collection of soundtracks, think again. Score is largely traditional, with beautifully rich orchestration packed with cultured European flavours. Though Herbert displays slight tints of his trademark electronic experimentation in a few of these pieces, this is surely the London-based musicians most accessible and diverse release to date.

The soundtracks range from dark & enchanting 'Funeral', swing-time jazz 'Rivoli Shuffle' and even tracks more akin to the electronic/guitar crossover of Fourtet 'Blood & Hair' and 'Bull & Cloth', but the winner here is the stunning ten-minute epic 'Rendezvous' which consists of ethereal choral voices among sampled beats.

As much as these pieces of music are beautifully crafted (and as much as you have to admire Matthew Herbert's diverse capabilities as a musician), It's difficult to fully immerse yourself within this release. The tracks are listed in such a way that they are segregated into groups of 1, 2 or 3 before moving onto another film (which ultimately means another genre). Add to that, the occasional feeling that you might be missing something here (a movie perhaps?) and Score can never really be considered anything other than a solid release.



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