(All Album Reviews by Ursula)
And now for something completely different:
Now, how do I get started?
Ever had that eardrum bursting experience when you went to cinema? It goes like this: I'd been looking forward to see this film, and I had been wondering if it was worth the entrance fee, or if I better should have waited for the DVD release which would have summed up to the same amount. Annoyed by the ads I allowed my thoughts to drift away, into a world of their own, until the sudden darkness of the screen grabbed my attention. Alert I waited for the film to begin; surely now after half an hour rubbish which I never cared to see... when suddenly a deafening sound from both sides of the cinema reminded me, and the rest of the tortured audience, of the latest state for the art sound system with which the cinema was equipped.
Sound effects based on an ear boggling experiences like this are one part of what constitutes Wasa Express' outing to Hollywood. In so far it makes very much sense to offer the album as two disc version, one in dts 5.1 surround and one as ordinary stereo CD. Both CDs come together in a DVD cover leaving the listener the option to choose.
With this emphasis on sound it is not surprising that sound effects compliment the rock - jazz - fusion version of well-known film tracks. Most effective this is done in “The Deep” where sounds and the iconic theme tune of Jaws trigger an imaginary film, particular in those who have seen the film, including the shark attack and the blowing up of the slandered animal.
Tunes from various films have been worked into 4 pieces functioning as a framework for the composition and sorted by film categories; apart from the already mentioned “The Deep” there are also “Disaster Scenes”, “Horror Scenes” and “The Extra-Terrestrials”.
Yet the music couldn't be described as a medley. Sound effects and themes are worked into mellow rock-fusion compositions spiced up with a little jazz here and there. Accomplished musicianship ensures that this is done to the highest standard. The effects can be best enjoyed in the last piece “Hannibal”, outstanding not only in that one piece is dedicated to just one film but also in its musical quality.
With just over 38 minutes the CD seems a little short but it doesn't sound short, believe me. And after all who would want to bother with mindless fillers?
The last word I would like to give Wasa Express taken from the liner notes:
“ Hope you enjoyed this movie without pictures. Or hopefully the pictures are in your head. The imagination is the best movie of them all.”