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The sound of Black Rain is, to use Schweiger's words again, "caught somewhere between the electronic and symphonic worlds." This becomes apparent when you listen to the suite at the end of the disc, which is a combination of the score's main themes.
But I can't do a review of this one without talking about the songs. They're just great! Almost all of them are used in the night club scenes except for "I'll Be Holdin' On"; this version is played at the end of the film.
Only Hans Zimmer could have scored this movie; so suspenseful is it.
The only other Hans Zimmer score to come close with as much strong conviction and "action" would be the score for the Americanized version of La Femme Nikita entitled The Point of No Return. He combines his synthesizer wizadry with symphonic and classical elements and then gives the soundtrack a workout with some rock,electric guitar riffs ! On the Black Rain Suite he takes the listener on a thrilling and menacing roller coaster ride with his excellent synthesizer work and Japanese instrumental atmosphere. The result is (for anyone who has seen the film)Hans Zimmer takes you back to Japan with Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia. The listener ventures into the city's neon, futuristic, smoke filled and wet pavement nightlife.It's a city resembling Bladerunner with a more contemporary look (Maybe due to the fact director Ridley Scott directed both films)...
If any avid collector of soundtrack or eclectic music sees this one in a used c.d. shop, grab it ! It's a rare out-of-print title.Just don't let this fact alone make you want to buy it; it's all about the exceptional music and artists on it !...Also, there is another out of print soundtrack by other various artists for the 1987 Harrison Ford/Roman Polanski film Frantic. It also contained eclectic styles of music and artists (Ennio Morricone,Grace Jones, Simply Red, and David Sanborn). Like Black Rain, the music was moody and atmospheric with a strong pop-French feel versus Japanese. Part of the disc had various artists and the rest was music by composer Morricone...