"This score is more MUSIC than it is scary sounds to enhance the mood of the film (as the score for all the other films in the series goes), don't get me wrong this has plenty of the scary sounds and stuff that is as much a bench mark as the aliens or Ripley to the film franchise. But this score is much more melodic and thematic than it's predecessors. The opening track starts off and sets a recurring theme throughout the score. It makes a very depressing feeling that conveys Ripleys never ending plight. The music is as depressing as it is terrifying at times. No, I don't scare easily but listening to this score in the dark, at night, gave me goosebumps and scared me quite a bit actually. This film has neat flurrys of breakbeats and electronica brilliantly reflecting the time it was made (around '97) it wasn't TOO advanced to be a good score and it wasn't TOO old fashioned either. Snippets from the main action peice "They Swim" are still used in trailors for other films. Collatoral Damage being the latest to use it. This is a well enduring album. And even people who have never seen the alien films would like this."
An honest effort
J. Bielawa | 01/25/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"John Frizzel did what he could with what was given to him, creating - through his music - all of the emotion in the film (Weaver and Rider's performances helped somewhat). The score never quite hits it's potential, it seems to be waiting for something. It's action cues never are up to par with Goldsmith and Horners score, but matches Goldenthals in the balance of emotional music and action motifs. The score is enjoyable despite it's flaws. The re-tooling of Goldsmiths theme for Ripley serves the character well. And there are several segements of action music, that by themselves are quite spectacular. Like the film that it was commisioned for- it never quite reaches the level the audience wants- leaving you begging for more. (which is not a good feeling at all) An honest effort to bring back the beast, I'm sure, but sadly, nothing more than an interesting failure. Buy it for the highlights, but don't expect a glorious resolution in the end."
JOHN FRIZZEL IS A GENIUS!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have listened to this wonderful soundtrack and I think it is superb!! I now know that the ALIEN movies rock! The tone of the music fits the movie. I especially like " Ripleys Them" Because it reflects on what has happened with Ripley through-out the movie. The cloning, learing, remebering and also meeting her clones. I would also like to say that the movie was excellent aswell. The cast did a great job, acting their hearts out. Jean-Pierre Jeunet should be proud of the music and his film.So if you aren't an Alien fan, you sure as heck will be after you listen to the soundtracks! ~ Jenna ~"
J. Bielawa | Monroe, CT United States | 10/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"John Frizzel's score teeters between Horner's "Aliens" and Goldenthal's "Alien 3". It has disturbing brass power and melodic string usage to a military and sometimes atonal rhythm.
The CD's magnum opus is "They Swim...", a six-minute crescendo of chase music that goes through several wild combinations of
orchestral blasts before finishing.Despite this CD's overall goodness, I strongly suggest trying to find the score's 2CD release. "They Swim..." borders on 10 minutes in that cut."