In 2008, Ramin Djawadi made a splash in the soundtrack pond with his musical contribution to Iron Man. It was fast, it was sleek, and it was ridiculously fun to listen to… especially if you’re cruising down the highway with the top down. Now, four years later, Djawadi has written another score that should make people sit up and take notice: Safe House. It’s arguably some of his best work yet – a stylish thriller score with ambient soundscapes and simmering intensity. A keeper, for sure.
The first cue, Safe House, is the ideal mood-setter for the rest of the album, a tense and ominous blend of strings and electronica, accented by percussion. Get In The Trunk and Off The Grid showcase Djawadi’s tremendous talent for handling action music. Be Better Than Me is sober and meditative, as is Truth, which develops into a lovely crescendo toward the end. I’ll Take It From Here is the final track: but instead of offering a quiet wind down, Djawadi “ups the stakes” so to speak, closing the score with a bang that’s just as exciting as anything proceeding it.