Sean Lennon is proving to be an interesting musician very much on his own tallents and sensibilities. Alter Egos is a soundtrack to a film which I actually haven’t seen, but intend to eventually. He was apparently highly involved with the film, its soundtrack process, and even having a role in the movie. It does, however, work very well as an album for several reasons. Though mostly instrumental, the music is far from simply an incedental score, wallpaper for any given scene. The pieces create wonderfully distinct moods and plot point specific sequences that function on their own without knowing the film’s visual specifics. The music is dynamic and varied in style, but always extremely emotive. Only a few songs actually have sung lyrics and are very good either as stand-alone and theme tunes. Enough of the tracks also include snippets of what I assume is dialouge to clue in the listener to the narative without becoming too intrusive or verbose. One could almost listen to this as a very minimal audiobook, where more focus is on the implicit connections between tone and implied or expected beats of a superhero story to take you through the story as opposed to stated or acted plot. It is a great concept and executed very well. I highly recommend giving it a listen!
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