Lakeshore Records
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When I was about ten years old, I saw Cirque du Soleil perform in Las Vegas. I was pretty blown away and decided that I must own the soundtrack in order to continually relive the magic of “Mystere” on cassette tape. The thing was (and is) that soundtracks alone don’t do it for me. Permitting myself to make a gross generalization, film and score can’t function without one another. All that being said, I really dig this CD. It’s melodic and self-contained enough to function as an album, but it also did an excellent job of commenting on Linklater’s film. Graham Reynolds’ score lacks the pomposity of a lot of other music for film, and there’s just the right balance of slower symphonic pieces and jittery spy guitar freakouts to remind me of what I loved so much about the movie.