Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter composed the score for the Gaspar Noé film Irreversible, a vividly realistic horror thriller containing brutal assault and rape scenes that reportedly caused hundreds to leave and dozens to faint after its viewing at the Cannes Film Festival. Although Bangalter's productions never previously showed the emotional range to make film work viable, he ably captures a spirit of approaching menace throughout the score. He appears to know much about film music, at least the narrow section from his own lifetime; from the first few notes of the title track, he shows a clear familiarity with the gist of horror classic soundtracks like John Carpenter's Halloween, Goblin's Suspiria, and Tangerine Dream's Sorcerer. "Stress" and "Paris By Night" could've been recorded 20 years earlier, while "Outrage" merges Daft Punk-style French disco with the one-note malevolence of horror soundtracks. For those wanting to hear more of Bangalter's glossy disco, the best candidates are four productions that first appeared up to eight years earlier on 12" releases for the Roulé label: "Spinal Scratch," "Outrun," "Extra Dry," and "Ventura/Into the Tunnel" (other than a few scattered mix albums, they make their CD debut here).
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AllMusic Review by John Bush