Randy Edelman

Citizen X

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It's an unfortunate fact of life in the soundtrack album business that the American Federation of Musicians imposes such heavy re-use fees on orchestral material recorded for movies or television that many soundtrack albums are brief affairs. This is why Citizen X runs a few seconds under 30 minutes; it's a good 30 minutes, however. Edelman's score for this HBO movie (about a Russian serial killer and the policeman who worked the case) manages to suggest suspense and despair throughout the majority of the ten cues, working in Russian themes and textures wherever possible. Edelman relies more on sustained chords from the strings than on gratuitous stingers, deep rumbling tones and high squeaky violin attacks.

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