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3 stars I might come off sounding mean, but I never really cared much for this soundtrack. Blade Runner is a great movie that fascinated my teenage mind back in the late '90s. That period was incidentally also when the movie had its popularity peak, especially after the fans of the original cut began to bash the director's cut, which came out on DVD just around 1997-98. You know what they say --- all publicity is good publicity!

Blade Runner has lost a lot of its charm over the years and and I honestly didn't have much enthusiasm for the 2007 release of Blade Runner: Final Cut. Still, it's undeniably a cult classic that has received wide appeal which, I guess, no longer makes it a cult classic.

No that I've got my, whatever that was, out of the way; let's talk about Vangelis and his contribution to the Ridley Scott movie. The first Vangelis version of the soundtrack was delayed for more than a decade and due to that manages too lose some of its charm on me. You see, I'm not a fan of voice-over sounds and other effects on albums and even though this one keeps things pleasant and instrumental, for most part, I still lack the consistency of say --- a John Williams soundtrack! Many of these tracks don't actually work as a part of this collection. I'm talking especially about compositions like Tales Of The Future and even Blade Runner (End Titles), which comes out of nowhere and breaks the fluent New Age music that this album is otherwise built upon.

Overall, the soundtrack to Blade Runner is by no means a bad release, but it does sound a bit overdone. The 2007 re-release, titled Blade Runner Trilogy, is even worse in that respect and if you ask me then one CD is all you'll ever need.

***** star songs: Blade Runner (End Titles) (4:39)

**** star songs: Main Titles (3:42) Blush Response (5:47) Rachel's Song (4:47) Love Theme (4:56) Blade Runner Blues (8:54) Memories Of Green (5:05) Tales Of The Future (4:47) Damask Rose (2:33) Tears In Rain (3:01)

*** star songs: Wait For Me (5:28) One More Kiss, Dear (4:00)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |


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