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From Hell (Soundtrack) by Trevor Jones

From Hell
Composed by Trevor Jones
Varese Sarabande Records (2001)

Rating: 6/10

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“FROM HELL is an exceptional effort from Jones. It effectively communicates the foreboding streets of London and the mystery of Jack the Ripper. It isn't the sort of score for listening to all day long, but it sure demands the occasional leisurely spin the CD player.”

One Helluva Score
Review by Christopher Coleman


Conducted by Geoffrey Alexander
Produced by Nick Redman
Orchestrated by Joel H. Rosenbaum
Performed by: The Academy of St. Martins in the Field; The London Voices;
Belinda Sykes (female vocalist); Bill Brooks (Overtone Vocals); Andy Finton (Chinese Flutes);
Ray Mann Chinese Orchestra (Chinese Musicians); Trevor Jones (Synthesizers)
Executive Producers: The Hughes Brothers, Robert Townson
 


Stepping out of their established niche, The Hughes brothers explore Victorian England and the legend that was Jack the Ripper in FROM HELL. Trevor Jones' accompanying score to the very atmospheric visuals is, in a word, "perfect." Both the Hughes brothers and Jones alike forego the usual bag-o-horror-flick tricks, and produce a film and score that is infinitely more interesting than 99% of other films of this sort. After the initial speed-bump of "The Nobodies" - Wormwood Remix (1), by Marilyn Manson, FROM HELL really takes hold of the listener's attention. The score conveys the gothic nature of story.  Jones does this most effectively through: lowly chorus, dissonant strings, rumbling bass, the occasional bell toll.  All combine to transport the listener to the darkened streets of 1888 London, England. Jones' music subtly helps to create the mystique the Hughes Brothers were after and this carries right over to the Varese Sarabande's presentation of the soundtrack. If listening to this score alone, one will likely take a peek behind them once in a while...just to be sure they are, indeed, alone.

A couple of noteworthy tracks are 8, The Compass and the Ruler, and 13, Bow Belle (Absinthium). Both are mixed to sound as though they are being played on an old phonograph including speed fluctuations, pops, crackles, and hisses. While Bow Belle is nicely mixed with some of Jones score in the film, the soundtrack of FROM HELL does not include this portion of the music. Track 8, goes a similar route. Starting off with the same antiquated sound, playing one of Jones' main, gothic-motifs, it quickly transforms into full stereo sound. Finally, the track moves from its methodical pace into a full invigorating gallop, before ultimately returning and concluding in suspenseful fashion.

FROM HELL is an exceptional effort from Jones. It effectively communicates the foreboding streets of London and the mystery of Jack the Ripper. It isn't the sort of score for listening to all day long, but it sure demands the occasional leisurely spin the CD player.


Rating: 6/10

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Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 Nobodies (Wormwood Remix) Marilyn Manson 4:59  *
2 In Memoriam 7:03  ****
3 Royal Connections 5:08  ***
4 Sprig of Red Grapes 5:12  ***
5 Whitechapel Murders 7:23  ***
6 Chasing the Dragon 7:39  ***
7 Portrait of a Prince 6:45  ***
8 Compass and the Ruler 6:06  ***
9 Marylebone Workhouse 3:51  ***
10 Investigation 4:13  ***
11 Death Coach 3:56  ***
12 Pennies for the Ferryman 6:22  ****
13 Bow Belle (Absinthium) 3:08  **
  Total Running Time (approx) 72 minutes  

 

 
   

 

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