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Tomb Raider: the Cradl Soundtrack, Import

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  • Audio CD (26 Aug. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000AYLK1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 889,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Tomb Raider ~ Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life

BBC Review

Pneumatic, kick-boxing archaeologist Lara Croft returns to save the world from unspeakable evils in the second film of the franchise. Cradle of Life is set to an original musical score by Alan Silvestri. But, given the film's heavy reliance on visuals of the über-babe's aerobic antics, can the music alone make the cradle rock?

Silvestri's portfolio - Romancing the Stone, Back to the Future, Castaway, What Women Want, Father of the Bride - is best described as prolific rather than profound. And it is plurality that characterizes the score for The Cradle of Life, a muddle of musics from lots of different film genres.

Traditional action movie orchestral sound is played off throughout against the digital and synthetic elements of sci-fi. Techno loops, synthetic drum sequences and reverb are laid on with a trowel. On tracks such as Shark Attack the effect is horror flick angst, whilst "I Need Terry Sheridan" is so affectedly avant-garde and scratchy as to suggest something has gone badly wrong with your CD player.

The ethnic musical cues are fussy and diffuse. Attempting to keep pace with the film's rapid changes of continent, the score switches from native Asian flutes and wobbly strings to digital tribal beats for Kenya and Tanzania, but forfeits narrative development and stylistic consistency.

The score functions better, which is not to say well, in its straightforward action sequences. Flower Pagoda Battle is a disco adventure number loaded with brassy fanfares and pistoning drums. "Journey to the Cradle of Life" and "The Cradle of Life" bring on the heavenly choirs and strings for mystic and revelatory sequences.

But the strength of individual sequences is dissipated by the lack of any strong unifying theme. And, weighing in at an hour, The Cradle of Life is way too long. More judicious editing might have created a stronger narrative whole.

Unstructured, unoriginal and unmemorable, this is definitely closer to the grave than the cradle. --Jack Smith

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By A Customer on 2 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps I have taken my obsession a little too far in purchasing this CD. But . . . I love the feelings of absolute escapism that both Lara Croft films have afforded me and after already having bought the compilation of Groups CD from both films I thought it would be cool to have all the other parts (instrumentals) of the music too.
When I first played it I thought I had made a HUGE mistake...but after not the 2nd but the 3rd time of listening I was convinced I was wrong. Listen to the music, imagine you are Lara and have just punched the shark, or that you have just leapt off the building with a finned suit on...scary...play it loud and scare yourself with the supberb sound effects that are acheived. The orchestra is wonderful and the playing magnificent .....for me a definate WINNER....
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Alan Silvestri did a great work in this soundtrack, when you start with track n°1 you feel the same as you watch the movie...
Great great album... if you love adventure themes this may be your best cd.
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Love all the tracks in this CD. I am glad that I bought it. Great music.
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HASH(0x92c71f00) out of 5 stars Silvestri Strikes Again 27 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My first impression upon listening to this CD was that it didn't sound like Alan Silvestri at all. The percussion and guitar in particular make certain cues sound more like Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures groupies than the Alan Silvestri I'm used to (not to say that that's a bad thing). However, once the action really gets going, the Silvestri-esque horns, strings and vocals come through in spades, giving us some high-octane themes similar to Mr. Silvestri's other epic projects. This by far is the best commercial Alan Silvestri release since the Mummy Returns, reminding us all why he's one of the best in the business. With a perfect blend of modern percussion, hard-hitting brass, and a variety of ethnic instruments, Silvestri once again displays his versatility with 60 minutes of pulse-pounding action. Whether you liked the movie, didn't like the movie, or never even saw the movie (such as the case with me), you won't be disappointed with Alan Silvestri's latest masterpiece.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9342b864) out of 5 stars Not-So-Great Movie; EXCELLENT SOUNDTRACK! Nab it! 11 Aug. 2005
By Aleksander Tatyanov - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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This soundtrack is one of Silvestri's best to date. It is full of emotion, action, and wonderful ochestral themes. From the asian flutes from the movie's Chinese scenes, to the techno beats of the action sequences, to the melodic melancholy of the BEST track "Pandora's Box," this CD is worth every penny.

In my opinion, it trumps even the latter two Lord of the Rings scores (both of which only shone on the Rohirrim tracks; Fellowship was a different story).

No matter what your qualms are regarding the Lara Croft franchise, or the films, this score is a RARE GEM! Nab it if you see it! We searched through TWELVE STORES to finally nab it at a Border's booksellers (the third we searched in Chicago).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93278558) out of 5 stars Awesome! Silvestri gives his best! 8 Oct. 2003
By Greg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I got this CD today, and I didn't listen to it very much yet, although I know that I'm gonna listen to it for a long, long time! Alan Silvestri gave us the best soundtrack he could. The music is really great. You should listen to it after watching the movie - the memories from the Cradle will come to you faster than you could imagine. This score really gives you the climat of Tomb Raider. Your money won't be wasted!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a4299c0) out of 5 stars Soundtrack sounds 29 Nov. 2003
By Paul Milsom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the musical themes in both Tomb Raiders is the odd 'buzz-buzz whistling' sounds referred to by one of the reviewers..
this is not an instrument... it's 'throat music' from Tuva. (Morth of China) made by the human voice. for more of that check 'Yat Kha - Dalai Beldiri' music from Tuva.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92c743b4) out of 5 stars Silvestri Sets Lara Croft Right 18 Sept. 2003
By G M. Stathis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the weaknesses of the first Lara Croft adventure was that its score lacked a solid musical signiture by which audiences could identify the Tomb Raider. The obvious contrast is John Williams and his "Raiders of the Lost Ark" theme for Indiana Jones. Alan Silvestri goes a long way to remedy this problem with his score (don't bother with the soundtrack album)for "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life." "Cradle" is a better project across the board than the first Tomb Raider installment and much of the credit must go to Silvestri for his upbeat and exciting score. A clear and memorable theme emerges in the first track and ties the score together in various forms throughout the recording. Secondary themes also appear with able accents from percussion. The eleventh cut, "Journey to the Cradle of Life" is somewhat inclusive of most of the themateic material and is one of the highlights of this album. This score makes one wonder what Silvestri might have done with the summer's other adventure hit "Pirates of the Caribbean." It would be interesting to know what happened in that case. Silvestri's score is a vital part of "Cradle of Life" and provides a very good experience as a CD recording. Very nicely produced and packaged by Varese.
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