|1. The Day After Tomorrow|
|2. Tornado Warning|
|4. Tidal Wave|
|5. Body Heat|
|6. Russian Ghost Ship|
|7. Hall‘s Plan|
|8. Rio Grande|
|9. Bedtime Story|
|12. Cutting The Rope|
|13. Because Of You|
|14. President‘s Speech|
|15. The Human Spirit|
|16. Burning Books|
In fact, human drama might be the key point of the film. Emmerich has chosen a relative unknown, Harald Kloser, to score the film, and after listening through it I can see why. Emmerich's usual composer David Arnold usually composes strong, rousing, bombastic action scores - Kloser's score here is emotional, and seemed composed more for dramatic films like The Shipping News or A Beautiful Mind than a special effects movie.
The first track is simply beautiful, very emotional. Also it seemed to be influenced by Hans Zimmer's Thin Red Line (the Journey To The Line theme and the tapping sounds you hear in the beginning of that track). The rest of the score however couldn't live up to the beauty of the first track, very simply because that beautiful theme disappears only to reappear once in President's Speech. To be fair Kloser probably didn't have a chance to use the theme often. The rest of the score is a combination of atmospheric scores with a couple of action cues, which seemed to be influence by Danny Elfman's Planet Of The Apes.
Overall, an average score with an amazing first track, which seemed to be a fluke. But one that perhaps makes owning the score worthwhile.
My favourite tracks are:
The Day After Tomorrow (Track 1): Amazing orchestral strings and horns make this track (and scene) brilliant. A very pleasant listen.
Tidal Wave (Track 4): The use of percussion make this track incredible. It really reflects the panic that is the atmosphere in the scene.
Superfreeze (Track 11): Again fast-paced and brilliant.
President's Speech (Track 14): An awesome return of the first theme.
A brilliant score which, surprisingly, suits a disaster film when still keeping an emotional and dramatic feel.
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