Christopher Young

Judicial Consent [Original Soundtrack]

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Judicial Consent [Original Soundtrack] Review

by Jason Ankeny

For the soundtrack of the 1995 made-for-cable courtroom thriller Judicial Consent, composer Christopher Young returns to the complex, haunting style he introduced three years earlier with his breakthrough score Jennifer 8, creating profound suspense without relying on chicanery or cliché. Young favors subtle tension and evocative arrangements built on intricate rhythms, eccentric electronics, and taut strings. When the score finally builds to more conventional action themes like "Hot Mustard Leadpipe" and "Gavel On," the catharsis is even more rewarding. If there's a knock against Judicial Consent, it's just how closely the score evokes Jennifer 8. Young doesn't expand his approach here so much as he refines it, but taken purely on its own terms this is still a rich and effective work.

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