Boomkat Product Review:
Famed for his contemporary film work on 'The Hours' among other films, Philip Glass is showing no signs of losing his edge for this full-length score to 'Notes on a Scandal' a recent Judi Dench/Cate Blanchett vehicle. The film focuses on dark themes - obsession, loneliness, sexual tension and betrayal, so Glass's score reflects this as he works. There is plenty here to get Glass aficionados excited, his fingerprints are all over every cue, from the complex arpeggios to the repeating patterns; admittedly they are more well orchestrated than his more classic electronic work, but the heart is still the same. Glass comments that he wrote this score to reflect the mind of a specific character (played by Dench) in the film. This character is the observer, the person who makes the 'notes on a scandal' and that tension, that element of observation is carefully adhered to in Glass's compositions. While it may not be as immediately breathtaking as 'The Hours OST', 'Notes on a Scandal' is no doubt another crucial addition to any self-respecting Glass fan's collection, and is yet more proof that he is still one of the most reliably exciting composers for film. Recommended.