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How to Train Your Dragon 2 [Import]

John Powell Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (17 Jun 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Relativity Music Grp
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immersive and exhilirating 22 July 2014
By Stu B
Format:Audio CD
As a film, How to Train your Dragon 2 is a soaring, thrilling and often deeply involving story (for my review of the film, click here), and so it takes a seasoned pro such as John Powell to produce a score that only enhances all those feelings during the film’s narrative. Though it may be a children’s film, Powell’s score is as grand and wonderfully composed as any big Hollywood blockbuster score. Powell got his first Oscar nomination for his score for the first film, and has stated that he intended to for his music to have developed just like that of the film’s characters, and it truly has.

Yes it may have the expected combination of uplifting, bold and brash pieces and slower, more intimate pieces, but Powell’s score predominantly rises above just being another generic blockbuster score to be a score that when listened to in isolation evokes all the film’s various stirring emotions once again. Of course I do not want to include spoilers so will refrain from stating exactly what each track represents within the narrative.

The opening track ‘Dragon Racing’ is a suitably epic composition with rousing strings and uplifting choral arrangements that evoke perfectly the feeling of flying through the air. This is a feeling replicated in the epic tracks ‘Flying with Mother’, ‘Battle of the Bewilderbeast’, ‘Hiccup Confronts Drago’ and ‘Two New Alphas’ which are truly rousing and deserve to be played very loud. Meanwhile tacks such as ‘Hiccup the Chief/ Drago’s Coming’ and ‘Toothless Found’ begin with infectious and intimate strings and build to an epic crescendo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truely Breathtaking! 4 July 2014
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This is one of the best scores of all time, truely breathtaking. John powell has managed to incorporate several aspects of nordic style folk into his music which gives it a viking feel whilst still also maintaining the beautiful melodies and riffs from the score for the first. He has done wonders adapting that score for this film and has inserted a few new segments to the score which fit in so well with the scenes they play behind. This is my favourite score of all time, beating pirates of the caribean, the amazing spiderman 1 & 2 (which was a hard call). You have got to see the movie and own this soundtrack!!!!

Favourite tracks:
-Toothless found
-Battle of the Bewilderbeast
-Stoicks Ship
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational! 16 Jun 2014
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John Powell has really delivered big time - incorporating the themes from the first score with a number of solid new additions, each given a full orchestral workout like nothing else we hear today. I fully respect this man for what he has achieved here, and if you're a lover of theme-driven, dazzling orchestral mastery then look no further than this album. With composers like Hans Zimmer dominating the world of film music with his rather bland wallpaper sound samples, this is so refreshing and thrilling.
You can really hear every section of the orchestra being put through their paces, even the calmer, reflective moments are beautifully presented allowing solo instruments to shine through (when was the last time we heard a bassoon?) Beautiful.
The new themes aren't as instantly infectious as the originals, and stem from Powell's previous works like Hancock and Rio, but after a couple of listens they really take on a commanding presence and weave spectacularly throughout the score.
It's a real thrill ride, and whilst we may have quite a wait for the third installment, I have no doubt Mr Powell will be back to show everyone else how it's done. I'd easily rank this as one of the best animated scores ever written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing greatness 19 July 2014
Format:Audio CD
Even better than the first one and that one had already been one of the best scores ever written. I wish there were more powerfully melody-driven cores like that out there... this one's is purely mesmerizing. The CD hasn't left my player for two weeks now! Please get this composer for the Harry Potter spin-off!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 July 2014
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A great soundtrack , for a great film. Fit's the movie like a glove...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius. 17 Jun 2014
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After the score to the first How To Train Your Dragon film, which is probably one of the greatest works of film music of all time, I ask myself how John Powell could possibly come close with this sequel? As such, I tried to lower my expectations; calm my excitement in anticipation of this album. I needn't have!
The opening track 'Dragon Racing' is a masterpiece packed with energy and the much loved themes from the original score, along with soaring, lilting and waltzing variations.
The new themes merge perfectly with, and match the ingenuity of the existing ones, and become familiar after just a couple of listens. If I had pick favourite tracks: Dragon Racing, Drago's Coming and Flying With Mother.
I highly recommend listening to it through a decent sound system to really hear the incredible detail and wealth of instruments.
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