The original Robocop score gave composer Basil Poledouris a chance to try out a variety of scoring ideas and techniques, from cues that mocked TV news scoring to heroic themes that were quite a standout. For Leonard Rosenman, the thrust seems to have been entirely toward the heroic -- meaning loud, brassy, orchestrations. Everything has a pulse somewhere in it, or a stentorian rise toward the cannonfire blast of the brass section -- the woodwinds tend to tremble nervously, apparently sensing the elephantine brass lurking somewhere behind them.
This isn't to say that this unfortunately short CD is full of nothing but wretched excess.
Far from it -- there are subtle moments scattered throughout the ten tracks, and Rosenman has done a splendid job of following up on Poledouris' work while neither aping it nor repeating it. If anything, it's a more musically consistent album than its predecessor. It maintains themes throughout the album, which Poledouris didn't do with the original, and has a muscularity that's more in keeping with the tone of the second movie. In audio terms, the album is fine, with a strong, rounded, bass that benefits the brass.
The recording and mixing is nice and clear across the board, with a nice stereo picture. The one big gripe is the shortness of the disc.
|Overture: Robocop / Leonard Rosenman||Leonard Rosenman||6:02|
|City Mayhem / Leonard Rosenman||Leonard Rosenman||3:37|
|Happier Days / Leonard Rosenman||Leonard Rosenman||1:28|
|Robo Cruiser / Leonard Rosenman||Leonard Rosenman||4:40|
|Robo Memories / Leonard Rosenman||Leonard Rosenman||2:07|
|Robo and Nuke / Leonard Rosenman||Leonard Rosenman||2:22|
|Robo Fanfare / Leonard Rosenman||Leonard Rosenman||0:32|
|Robo and Cain Chase / Leonard Rosenman||Leonard Rosenman||2:41|
|Creating the Monster / Leonard Rosenman||Leonard Rosenman||2:47|
|Robo I Vs. Robo II / Leonard Rosenman||Leonard Rosenman||3:41|