DON McGLASHAN: Show of Hands (Soundtrack)
By Amanda Mills
Some of Don McGlashan's most intriguing work has been for the many soundtracks he has worked on, and 'Show of Hands' is no exception. It is rich in beautifully performed music that has in places a pervading undercurrent of unease and melancholy. The album is interspersed with pieces from Mozart's Requiem Mass, and Voom's B Your Boy, but definitely belongs to McGlashan's music, which paints scenes from the film in muted tones. The two vocal-led songs on the album, For Your Touch and Falling or Flying are lovely pop songs, and don't sound out-of-place in the repertoire of their singers (Anika Moa and Reb Fountain respectively), though there is nothing here to match the punch of Bathe in the River, McGlashan's popular set-piece from the film No. 2. That said, 'Show of Hands' has some wonderful music that should not simply be overlooked.