Outlaws Soundtrack, Clint Bajakian / Mark Crowley, 1997
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, maestro Ennio Morricone should take the Outlaws soundtrack as particularly earnest praise of his groundbreaking work for the movie Western genre. From the moment opening track “Outlaws” comes riding out the gates with its galloping rhythms, bold trumpet melody and twangy, hard-bitten electric guitar, it’s obvious whose unmistakable style Clint Bajakian is paying homage to. The musical parallels can sometimes become almost too obvious, but while there’s a fair amount of imitation going on, what ultimately counts is that Bajakian pulls off this love letter to Spaghetti Westerns with aplomb and obvious skill. His infallibly atmospheric and immensely engaging compositions are based on undeniably strong material, with nary a filler track in sight. And considering that it was all the rage for video games during the mid-1990s to look and feel like a film, Outlaws‘ approach to achieve this aim is unusually clever: few things evoke widescreen, near-operatic scale and grandeur better then the classic movie scores that Bajakian references so neatly.
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