Trevor Horn ‎– The Reflection (Wave One - Original Sound Track)

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UMA-9095-9096 Trevor Horn The Reflection (Wave One - Original Sound Track)(CD, Album + DVD-V, Multichannel, NTSC + Ltd) U/M/A/A Inc. UMA-9095-9096 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
UMA-1095 Trevor Horn The Reflection (Wave One - Original Sound Track)(CD, Album) U/M/A/A Inc. UMA-1095 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
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November 3, 2018
edited about 1 month ago
referencing The Reflection (Wave One - Original Sound Track), CD, Album, BUR340047
THE REFLECTION is a Japanese anime co-created by writer Stan Lee and director Hiroshi Nagahama. Three years prior to the shows current events, a calamity occurred known as The Reflection, resulting in a portion of the earth's population to acquire special abilities. Some of these chosen people decided to take on the life of a hero, while others have chosen the life of crime and villainy. The particularly interesting thing about this anime is the fact that musical legend and producer Trevor Horn composed the music. 69-year old Horn has dabbled in film music from time to time, on movies like TOYS (as co-composer with Hans Zimmer), COYOTE UGLY and TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT. Very little of this music has ever been released on record (COYOTE UGLY even had two albums without a second of Horn's score), and Horn has never released a solo album, so in many ways THE REFLECTION is his debut album as a solo artist! Better late then never.

How is it?

The soundtrack album from THE REFLECTION features no less than 24 tracks totalling 55 minutes, which means it contains a fair share of short tracks. That doesn't really detract from the fact that the music is mostly pretty exciting, although some of the tracks ends too quickly. Most of the music is instrumental, but on the up-tempo theme song "Sky Show" Horn himself sings, in a high-pitched voice strongly resembling his old buddy from YES, Jon Anderson. His voice also appears on "Loneliness And Solitude" which develops into a wonderful instrumental pop song that sadly ends a little too quick. ​Two of the songs feature female vocals, one of them in Japanese, giving it that typical J-POP vibe. This shows that Horn, born 1949, still has an incredible ability to keep up-to-date with what is happening in contemporary pop music around the globe.

One thing that needs to be pointed out is that Horn has not composed any tracks on this album by himself. On the various instrumental score tracks, the different co-composers are Julian Hinton, Jamie Muhoberac, Christopher Tin, Tim Weidner and Lol Creme (of Godley & Creme). Also, Horn doesn't even perform on many of the tracks, he mostly concentrates on producing and composing, a little similar to what another super-producer named Giorgio Moroder did in his hey-day. Some tracks are in the Zimmer-vein, like "Battle Begins" and "From On High", while "The Future Of Happiness" could have been Steve Jablonsky. "My Daily Life" is an enjoyable synthpop-track with hints of Moroder, "I Am Alone With Sadness" is Art Of Noise meeting Jean Michel Jarre, and "The Transition" is an exciting, almost heavy-metal track reminiscent of finnish group Nightwish.

That said, Horn's own voice also comes through on several cues, like on the moody "In Chaos And Confusion" with brilliant production and clever rhythm programming, and the anthemic "Greater Expectations" which could have worked in a sporting event. "In A World Of Unreason" is a surprising atonal and experimental suspense cue, and the "Main Theme" is full of drama. A few of the tracks feature a full orchestra, like "From Battle To Flight" and several other.

I see no reason why Trevor Horn can not be used more as a composer for film. Let's hope THE REFLECTION gave him inspiration to explore the medium further.