Bruce Broughton

Shadow Conspiracy

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The feature film score equivalent of a 30-minute John Bonham drum solo, Shadow Conspiracy suffers from sheer rhythmic overkill. Employing a large symphony orchestra with a battery of auxiliary percussionists, Bruce Broughton goes overboard to create the kind of ominous, menacing atmosphere one expects from the political thriller genre, obliterating his own melodies with rumbling drums and timpani explosions. While Shadow Conspiracy is impressively massive in scope, one misses the sensitivity and nuance that are signatures of Broughton's work. For all of its muscle, this is too often little more than a standard thriller score.

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