Barry Adamson

Delusion [Original Soundtrack]

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It's perhaps unsurprising that Adamson's eclectic compositional talent doesn't work nearly as well when he has to wed his vision to an actual film. This soundtrack for an obscure 1991 movie contains plenty of interesting bits, elements, and pieces -- somber Spanish guitar, haunting orchestral passages, Phantom of the Opera organ phrases, manic Latin music, and a too-brief, ominous update of the 1963 British instrumental hit "Diamonds." The problem is that it doesn't ebb and flow into a sum greater than its parts. In fact, the jarring bits of dialogue (which are meaningless without the context of the film) are often downright annoying, and make the sum substantially less than whatever whole it may have formed.

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