I'm not really a kid, but i don't want to sign up for Amazon to write this review. I have been collecting soundtracks for almost 10 years now. I started with this soundtrack in 1996 and have built to 300+ orchestral soundtracks. Having listened to most all of them, 10 years later ID4 still reigns supreme. David Arnold has been the basis of comparison to every composer i have ever heard, and i have heard ALOT!
This may upset a few people, but i think he is definitely the best in the business. Not necessarily for his ability to write catchy tunes (Williams), or recycle his own music (Horner), but because he can write music with the complexity that boggles the mind. I have listened to my copy of ID4 so many times in the last decade, that i bought a 2nd copy just in case the first one wears out.
The way each theme is captured and rarely heard the same way each time: i.e. the love theme, the alien theme, the good/bad guy theme....all of it is so amazingly tasty each time it's heard. You don't get bored with any theme! My favorite tracks are Evacuation/Firestorm, Base Attack, and The Day We Fight Back. And I can't go on without touching on his "End Credits" titled track. A nine minute masterpiece that is the best medley from any movie i have heard; and again, i have heard my share. These showcase the true genius of his writing. That's the only way to describe it: pure genius. His use of brass and his perfect blend of strings and voices just provides so much power behind whats going on in the movie, that you can literally see the movie on your eyelids as you lean back and listen to the soundtrack. How many soundtracks do that?!?!?
There are so many levels to his music, not to mention the brilliance that comes from every measure. He doesn't flaunt multi-meter like James Newton Howard or the Newmans (randy, thomas, and david)....but keeps the overflowing sound in a driving 4/4 time. This is what kept me seeking his upcoming soundtracks when i was 10 years younger. After i heard ID4, i had to see what else he had done: Stargate and Last of the Dogmen were all that had been out. I immediately purchased both. Since, i have acquired his other titles: The Musketeer, Godzilla, The Stepford Wives, all the bond films, Shaft (2000), even Changing Lanes. I have NEVER been disappointed with his music. He is consistently fresh and free with his styles and layered composition. I challenge anyone to compare David Arnold with any other composer out there.
In closing, I am a musician myself, in college going for a BAE in Music and composition. I give credit to David Arnold as my inspiration to write music. To me, he is the Mozart of film composition and i will watch his career and all of his works with great anticipation until one of two things occurs: he dies or i go deaf. I hope neither happen......