The Runner – The Newton Brothers Soundtrack Review

I like The Newton Brothers. Each score is different, I can’t yet hear a ‘Newton Brothers sound’ and I feel this is hugely important. Don’t get me wrong with regard to other composers, after all I am and always will be an obsessive John Barry fan and fell in love with his ‘sound’ many years ago. But with Andy Grush and Taylor Stewart [not really siblings] they seem to conjure up scores with no links to previous soundtracks or musical styles to anything else they have done and this is what I am fascinated about.
Take a listen to the rocking’ High School. The hypnotic Oculus and the coolness of Life of Crime to see what I mean. And now comes their latest score The Runner. 2435752-new

A score so still I have to use the word hypnotic again. The Runner is a Nicolas Cage vehicle telling of a flawed politician who, after a catastrophic BP oil spill which he champions, sees his own life come undone after a sex scandal.
This by far is the brothers most emotionally charged score and yet it’s not done with a huge symphonic orchestra and booming brass. It turns and reveals MOSTLY in the single, resonating string of a drobo guitar. A gentle, background piano. Sparse, haunting, and compelling. This is another notch in their growing catalogue.

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1. The Oil Spill
2. Main Titles
3. NOLA Arrival
4. Mark Lavin
5. Questioning
6. 20/20
7. Caving In
8. Rayne Entering
9. The Resignation
10. Google
11. I’ll Do What I Can
12. The Grant
13. You Need Someone Like Me
14. The Barbecue
15. Father & Son
16. Divorce Papers
17. I Called a Cab
18. I’m Nothing Like You
19. It’s Just Not Working
20. Rayne Has Passed
21. Losing It
22. The Runner

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