Brian Tyler – Columbus Circle *Review In English*

“Despite some average parts, COLUMBUS CIRCLE is still a delicious score that I enjoy listening to in many occasions.”

Soundtrack Label: Varese Sarabande

COLUMBUS CIRCLE is an independent thriller starring solid cast like Selma Blair, Giovanni Ribisi, Beau Bridges, Amy Smart, Jason Lee, and Kevin Pollak. The story is about an heiress; Abigail, who has shut herself in an apartment for nearly two decades. One day, her old neighbor across the room is found death and the detective arrives to investigate the case assuming of murder. At about the same time, the new neighbors move in with daily violence of couple’s problem. With all the messes all around, Abigail’s private life is not going to be the same.

Brian Tyler has his places in this film’s credit both the exclusive producer and the composer. But, like I have said many times, I’m here for the latter site where he has created the only memorable thing about this direct-to-video product.

The score for COLUMBUS CIRCLE is string-based. It sounds fresh when compared to most of his scores in this genre due to how “noir” it gets (something the film has tried but failed to be). This score is performed by the Verismo string octet and enhanced by some of Tyler own instrumental mixing which I find the overall outcome quite intense, stylish, and enjoyable in spite of its small-sized musical elements.

The opening track Columbus Circle Main Title introduces the main theme with the firstly stirring motif performed by flourishing strings which is then followed by the secondarily calm yet enigmatic piano motif.

This main theme with two motifs can carry out the whole score pretty well. The first quarter of the album has proven that with two outstanding tracks such as Columbus Circle and Emerging. In details, Columbus Circle deals with the secondary motif and turns it into the magnificent string octet’s performance whereas Emerging stays pretty close to Tyler’s action and thriller style but with value-added moments from the violin and its powerful crescendo which is almost as good as James Newton Howard’s one.

Unfortunately, the other two quarters of the album has lost some driving energy as many tracks start to sound typical in performance. The use of thematic contents is still decent but just not as amazing as what I have heard before. Only Exit Strategy and Identity Theft can bring back the proper memory of the stirring motifs in more aggressive and threatening progression.

Fortunately, there are also a bit of touching piano cues shined in Klanderman, Dr. Fontaine, and The Detective which help delivering the light side of this noir listening experience better than other tracks around them.

This album ends with the 11-minute track of Puzzle Pieces which combines the score’s best cues together. These cues are rearranged, adjusted as well as extended and result in a very satisfying suite that I find it worth waiting for after somewhat inactive run of the last two quarters mentioned.

In conclusion, despite some average parts, COLUMBUS CIRCLE is still a delicious score that I enjoy listening to in many occasions. Brian Tyler has earned the benefit from the string octet he got and there is no doubt that this score is one of the most refreshing (though not the best) works from him.


01. Columbus Circle Main Title (*****)

02. Columbus Circle (*****)

03. Discovery (****)

04. Intricate Moves (****)

05. Agoraphobia (***)

06. Emerging (*****)

07. Abigail’s Story (***)

08. Digger (***)

09. Exit Strategy (*****)

10. Stratford (***)

11. Klanderman (****)

12. Dr. Fontaine (****)

13. Identity Theft (*****)

14. Comforting (***)

15. Extortion (***)

16. The Detective (****)

17. Lillian And Abigail (***)

18. Puzzle Pieces (*****)

Grade: B-

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