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The Bourne Supremacy [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger

The espionage genre requires a soundtrack as taut as its subject matter, so it came as no surprise when composer John Powell (The Bourne Identity) (The Italian Job) signed on to score the second installment of Robert Ludlum's popular Jason Bourne series. Powell expands on the themes from the previous film, adding a bevy of nervous percussion to the already tense staccato string motif that follows Matt Damon as he circumnavigates the globe to clear his name in the sequel, The Bourne Supremacy. This time around, the composer reins in some of the first film's bombast, allowing the spaces between the orchestral and electronic bursts to simmer in anticipation, resulting in a more refined and elegant score. Moby provides the film's closing credits with "Extreme Ways," a track that also appeared in the first film.

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