Alan Silvestri

The Clan of the Cave Bear [Original Motion Picture Sountrack]

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Among the myriad flaws of the much maligned Clan of the Cave Bear is its dreadful, ill-fitting score by Alan Silvestri. Though the film is set in the Cro-Magnon era, Silvestri eschews organic instrumentation in favor of Synclavier, and while the violin was as much an unknown concept to Ice Age dwellers as the synthesizer, the overall effect is still an enormous distraction. Equally problematic is Silvestri's atypically low-key, light approach. There's nothing here that captures the brutality and violence that we know defined the existence of early humankind. It's almost as if the composer wrote The Clan of the Cave Bear without screening the film or even knowing its subject matter. One is hard-pressed to think of another score so completely at odds with its motion picture accompaniment.

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