The recently released sci-fi thriller Source Code was, I must say, quite a disappointment. Fortunately, the movie’s score – composed by newcomer Chris Bacon – is not. In fact, it will probably rank among the best soundtracks of 2011. Bacon utilizes a predominantly traditional orchestra with just a sprinkling of electronica, imbuing the music with a classic, noir-ish feel reminiscent of the great film scores of the 60s and 70s. I’m usually wary of newbie composers, but Chris Bacon is an exception. He shows a lot of promise, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for him in the future.
Main Titles gets the album off to a suitably dramatic start and introduces one of the album’s major themes. Coffee Will Have To Wait moves along quietly until the 1:10 mark, at which point it explodes into heart-pumping action. Track seven, Piecing It Together, is energetic and suspenseful; conversely, Frozen Moment is a quiet piece, culminating in a crescendo of beautiful string writing and effectively fleshing out the love theme. Last, but not least, is Everything’s Gonna Be Okay – a reprise of the Main Titles, but with a few twists of its own.