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This review is from: Solaris (Audio CD)
Stephen Soderbergh's reworking of Andre Tarkovsky's seminal sci-fi epic received a pretty muted critical response on release, but I enjoyed Solaris very much in the cinema, and this was due in no small part to Cliff Martinez's (literally) haunting score.
This was my basis for purchasing his soundtrack album, which delights at times and drags at others: His main themes for the characters and sequences have a weightless grace to them and recall the work of Philip Glass and even Arvo Part - great washes of strings and programming that conjure perfectly the planet Solaris wreathed in clouds and plasma.
Unfortunately, what prevents this score from being wholly successful is an over-reliance on just a few melodic themes, repeated in variations over the course of the album. As such, I find this works as superior background music, but can be slightly repetitive if concentrated on.
That's not to say that there aren't moments here which are enthralling, but they are better taken in small doses than over a full-length CD.