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Moore, Steve: Mayhem—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

A few weeks ago, I saw John Carpenter perform a large selection of music from his films. The venue was packed and fans cheered as they recognized the opening notes of their favorite scores. Carpenter's soundtracks have been popular for decades and his recent success on the road demonstrates a renewed interest in hearing this style of music. Carpenter was a pioneer in using synthesizers in his film scores and his work has influenced countless others. For many fans, his music has taken on a life of its own, creating a subgenre that is immediately recognizable—and usually appreciated. It seems that fans simply can't get enough.

I mention all this because Steve Moore is certainly one of those musicians who owes a debt to Carpenter. It's possible that some readers will want to know if the connections between Moore and Carpenter are superficial, as if the former is only copying the latter. My answer is that Moore is carrying on an important tradition, one that values the tense, pulsating, synthesized music we hear on his soundtracks. He is also a talented composer and arranger who knows how to craft a soundtrack in ways that give it the feel and flavor of an album. I've listened to this album multiple times over the last couple of weeks and I still find it exciting and surprising. Many readers will know Moore for his work with Zombi, but his soundtracks are definitely worth checking out. Highly recommended!

Track Listing:
1. Welcome to TSC
2. Thank God for Coffee
3. 9 O'Clock
4. Drop of Water
5. Deep Shit
6. File 45A
7. We Are Brave
8. Thumbs Turned
9. The Reaper
10. ID-7
11. Dead Inside
12. The Bull
13. Loophold
14. Two Pepperoni Pizzas
15. Time to Work
16. Wednesdays
17. Extreme Measures
18. On the Count of
19. Nevil Reed
20. Allergies
21. Make Your Move
22. Showdown
23. Can We Talk
24. Negotiations Have Ended
25. No More Bullshit
26. Fuck This Place
27. Up to 11
28. So What Now
29. Irene Smythe
30. Level 3
31. Bullets are for Cowards
32. You Belong Here
33. Surrender
34. Mine's Bigger
35. The King Falls

Added: December 1st 2017
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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