By Charlie Brigden
Given the time of year, it’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to get out horror-themed albums, and BSX have duly acknowledged with HALLOWEEN: THE SOUND OF EVIL, which is a greatest hits compilation of music from the Halloween movies, arranged and performed by Dominik Hauser. The album runs the gamut from the first flick right up to Rob Zombie’s reimagining and features music from John Carpenter, Alan Howarth, John Ottman, Danny Lux and Tyler Bates.
It’s a good listen and the performances are fairly close to the originals, albeit sounding slightly-modernized. The picks are pretty decent across the board, giving a good representation of the scores. The earlier music is the better, with the foreboding tone of III and the incomparable drive of the first movie, especially with Laurie’s Theme making an appearance. And yes, Mr. Sandman is here. The later music is still pretty good though, with Howarth’s evocative music for IV, V and VI, and if you want a decent compilation of music from the series you could honestly do a lot worse than this album
HALLOWEEN: THE SOUND OF EVIL is out now from BSX