Alan Silvestri

The Quick and the Dead

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Despite a résumé that includes Young Guns II and Back to the Future III, Alan Silvestri may seem an eccentric choice to score Sam Raimi's spaghetti Western homage The Quick and the Dead, but the soundtrack proves a work of surprising mood and texture, forgoing the bombast of the composer's typical Hollywood efforts in favor of dark soundscapes that pay homage to the pioneering work of Ennio Morricone. To his credit, Silvestri delivers an old-fashioned Western score held together by whiskey, dirt, and blood, evoking the mythology of the Old West, not the reality. His innate gifts for fantasy and adventure serve him well here, with bold melodies that nicely complement the larger than life pulp-novel aspirations of Raimi's vision.

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