The Final Countdown - Complete Original Motion Picture Score CD Review

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Reviewed by Chris McEneany
John Scott created a magnificent score for The Final Countdown, one that is exciting and powerful and contains themes that are ominous, bravura and hauntingly beautiful. The movie, itself, is pure schlock and a sheer guilty pleasure for many. This disc represents the full score to the film, providing many cues that were either shortened, dialled-out or chopped altogether. Alongside the movie, Scott’s music enhances it considerably. Away from the visuals, it simply soars with creativity and vigour. Scott has always been a somewhat overlooked composer, although he has worked tirelessly for decades. For me, this score is his greatest and most passionate. It evokes the majesty of the sea and the mysterious elements that might lurk upon it. It also imbues a terrific sense of military might and the sheer indulgence that such power can have.</p>
An electrifying tour de force that delivers so much more than the film it surrounds. Scott’s finest hour and a brilliant showcase for doom-laden mysterioso and grave war-time clout. Very highly recommended indeed.
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