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This is almost, but not quite, the soundtrack to recent prison film Starred Up. For this record, David Mackenzie & Tony Doogan enlisted Chris Geddes, Ewen Bremner and Raymond McDonald to expand the subtle score into a more fully-fledged thing, which they have achieved with aplomb. LP on Good Grace.

"I think it has restorative powers... One of the most emotional things I have heard all week." - Steve Lamacq

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Starred Up: Film Music Reworked by David Mackenzie & Tony Doogan with Chris Geddes, Ewen Bremner & Raymond MacDonald 1 review. Add your own review. 7/10
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7/10 Staff review, 22 October 2015

"I think it has restorative powers... One of the most emotional things I have heard all week." I can't believe for a minute that Steve Lamacq has said that about anything but a Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine B side from 1993. This soundtrack was made by members of Belle and Sebastian, super producer Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub) and what, according to the press notes is a wizard.

It's pulsing, eerie soundtracky gear, full of doom and portents of something dreadful about to happen. Synths squiggle, there are strange drones everywhere and percussion is the type that makes you think someone is walking slowly down a bare corridor. Sometimes it gets a bit jazzier (as on 'Dunking") and it's quite randomly played as if it's been improvised. Hard to imagine how it works with the film without seeing it but fans of John Carpenter et al should cock an ear at this modern Scottish soundtrack work.    



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