Stewart Copeland

The Equalizer & Other Cliff Hangers

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Following the dissolution of the Police and several cracks at movie scores (most notably Wall Street), Copeland was hired to write the theme music for The Equalizer and then to score the individual episodes, a task he tackled with the aid of engineer Jeff Seitz (who would later take over the scoring duties until replaced by a more traditional composer) and a maxed-out Synclavier. The result was a charging, rattling, sometimes nerve-wracking musical base for the show -- one that proved difficult to translate into the form of an album. The Equalizer & Other Cliffhangers is periodically successful in its ambitions, but the cuts do have a tendency to sometimes become mired in a noisy aimlessness.

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