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LABYRINTH - ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

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Kestrel
3 stars [Review 3] David Bowie – Labyrinth soundtrack

Hahaha, oh man. I'll just get my bias out of the way: I grew up watching the movie Labyrinth on an almost daily basis. I absolutely loved this movie with its muppets, characters, landscapes and of course: David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King. Even after all these years, the movie is still an enjoyable one to watch occasionally (especially when you show it to people who have never seen it before).

To be honest, I actually do like most of the album. The David Bowie tracks (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12) are good pop tunes, particularly “Magic Dance”, an 80s pop extravaganza. The only problem I have with “Magic Dance” is that it sounds like it's going to end about 3 times in its 5-minute duration but keeps on trucking. Fortunately the song benefits from one of those sweet 80s drum beats, bass synths, cheesy guitar solos, and of course, David Bowie singing along with some goblins. “Chilly Down” is okay, but is much better in the movie since so much of it relies on the visuals (and doesn't contain Bowie vocals). Both songs are different from the movie versions though, being slightly extended and containing more parts which makes them more interesting. “As the World Falls Down” is probably the weakest Bowie track, again suffering because the visuals are what make the song in the movie. “Underground” is the most normal of the songs and is my favorite behind “Magic Dance.” These two songs should have been hits on the radio, much better than most of the tripe they played on the radio those days. :) “Within You” is rather dark, but like the other tracks, has a good beat and good synth work. The Bowie tracks are honestly good 80s songs, believe it or not.

Now on to the Trevor Jones tracks. I never really listened to them but I am now for the purposes of this review and wow, I was (kind of) missing out. “Into the Labyrinth” is a good intro with an apocalyptic sound. “The Goblin Rattle” is pure 80s awesome. I don't remember noticing this song in the movie (perhaps because I'm paying attention to the action), but I will now. “Thirteen O'Clock” is pretty good, ending with the Labyrinth theme which I love (maybe because I grew up with it, haha). The other Jones tracks are good, but not on the level of the rest.

Solid 80s album. Show your kids this movie; they'll love it and love the songs (and maybe you will too!)

Highlights: Magic Dance, The Goblin Rattle, Within You

Kestrel | 3/5 |

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