Caught: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack, Import
Chris Botti's score for Robert M. Young's "revenge tragedy" is a rare experience and a revelation for listeners who may only know the eminent trumpeter through his smoochy-groove solo albums First Wish, Midnight Without You and Slowing Down the World. Harmonically and structurally this is a new, "deeper" Botti. His speciality inscrutable, liquid trumpet riffs "comment" on open slow-evolving chord structures, setting the tone for Young's heartbreaking tale of passion, betrayal and revenge. The inherent melancholy in Botti's intonation is given full right to life, as his music gently escorts the lovers down the alley to their own destruction. Film scores are usually symbiotically linked with the pictures they accompany, but many of these tracks are pieces of music in their own right--for example the soft pop ballad "Forgiven", featuring Jonathan Brooke, the menacing contemporary jazz track "Paying for Sins" and the Blade Runner-like "Betrayal of Trust". This unbearably beautiful music will grab you by the nerve endings. --Yngvil V.G.
The Blue Nile do their inimitable good work backing the highly-recommended "Forgiven"--a vocal piece worth the purchase price of the CD. Chris Botti plays his mean reed, and all is well with the instrumentation and arrangements.
The problem, if there is one, is this: way, way too many of the pieces are those little, one- to two-minute bits that hearken back to the old days, when writers were not compensated for soundtrack work, and "movie music" was throw away stuff. One remembers break-out work, like "To Live and Die in L.A.", and "Blade Runner", which defined stand-alone music in soundtracks.
Still, some of this stuff is really good. It really is. Give a listen if you have the time. Buy it if you have a broad collection.