Enemy of the State is an action thriller, and action thrillers demand two kinds of music (is that why this one needs two composers?), which may simply be defined as fast and s-l-o-w, because you're always either experiencing that thrilling action or recovering from it. Trevor Rabin and Harry Gregson-Williams provide the expected here, combining synthesizer and symphony sounds to create fast stuff like the "Main Titles" music, which is occasionally reminiscent of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," and slow stuff like "Brill's Theme," which isn't calm by any means, just ponderous. For the most part, the slow stuff comes in the early tracks, then things speed up and stay that way for an exhaustingly long time, which should tell you something about the movie's plot. Rabin's best-known work is the 1983 hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart" for his group Yes, which sounded like part of the soundtrack to an action thriller, and there's more of the same here. As Gregson-Williams demonstrated on his other co-score of the fall 1998 film season, Antz, he's more eclectic than original. But then, originality isn't exactly the point: have you seen the film?
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
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