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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bourne Sound With An Eastern Kick
I was worried about buying this at first, as I presumed it would be a jazzed up (and not very good) revisit of The Bourne Identity's OST; another concern was that the overall length was less than the previous one - but I need not have worried. There are plenty of new favourites here!
From the opening track of 'Goa' you realise that this soundtrack has plenty of new...
Published on 19 Aug 2004
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1.0 out of 5 stars What's the point?
Having bought this CD on the basis of some of the previous postings I am sadly disappointed. The first 12 tracks sound almost the same, vaguely Eastern musak, fairly pleasant but of no merit. The final track (Extreme Ways) is really good - but does not excuse the rest of the CD.
Published on 29 Feb 2008 by AG
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bourne Sound With An Eastern Kick,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Bourne Supremacy (Audio CD)I was worried about buying this at first, as I presumed it would be a jazzed up (and not very good) revisit of The Bourne Identity's OST; another concern was that the overall length was less than the previous one - but I need not have worried. There are plenty of new favourites here!
From the opening track of 'Goa' you realise that this soundtrack has plenty of new themes to offer. Of these there are moments when some of the more familiar themes of the first soundtrack - Jason's Theme, Treadstone Assassins, On Bridge No. 9 - are offered as a layer of sound on top of or bounced around between the new themes.
'Goa' itself does remind you of running along a beach somewhere (much like Jason) though it has a wistfulness mixed through it - and a soft variation of the theme heard in 'At The Hairdressers' of the first film.
'The Drop' is reminiscent of the 'Opening Titles Theme' of the first. While 'Funeral Pyre' is a somewhat pared down and reminiscent of 'Goa' but only slightly, as it ultimately goes in a softer and then more distressed direction.
'Gathering Data' is another great one that's mainly a variation on a theme; the Bourne sound bouncing around an electronic pulse while beats skitter over the surface just outside of the strings.
'Nach Deutschland' is 'Bourne Gets Well' crossed with 'At The Hairdressers' but riffed in another direction and beefed up, with the strings and electronica building to a tense plateau.
There's definitely more of a darkness and melancholy on this soundtrack than before, as you can hear on 'To The Roof' with all of the reassuring Bourne themes in evidence but somehow with less comfort. It's hide and seek but with more of a purpose behind it. And a very subtle Russian edge. (I don't know how else to describe it.)
'Alexander Platz/Abbotts Confesses' is a cat and mouse game with more percussion and an new expanded direction. Rising and resting with beats in between, it has a certain impending doom.
'Moscow Wind Up' is all Bourne and brooding before changing direction near the end and opening into what sounds like ethnic beats with strong cello stabs blossoming into an eastern-sounding overdrive.
'Bim Bam Smash' in particular is another excellent new direction - yet not so new that it's alien to the already established themes. The inclusion of a drum track and something that sounds like a Russian sub-electronica, pub band trying to do a spy theme is great fun - especially when in the middle of it's chase climax the Treadstone Assassins theme rolls in. Lots of tension here and a real joy to listen to. (Have yourself a mini-rave!)
The last track 'Atonement' is absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. Soft and lush it sounds like a snowstorm slowly breaking, and suffers only from the fact that it doesn't last long enough. (I would have preferred it to be twice as long with the Moby track excluded, and on that note...)
My only complaint is that I could have done without Moby's presence at the end. It does tend to jar (though not too alarmingly) with the other sounds - which isn't so great if you're listening to the CD on repeat or back to back with 'The Bourne Identity'. Just skip it, unless you're a big fan of Moby - in which case, you might welcome rather than resent the intrusion this track provides.
Overall this album has all the thrill of The Bourne Identity with a new bittersweetness and Easternliness (India and Russia) mixed in (see the film and you'll understand that particular context). It also seems more organic sounding and less MIDI-fied than the last which is welcome.
Great if it's your first Bourne soundtrack but still rewarding for those who own the first album (as I did). A recommended buy for anyone who likes electronica or classical with a strong percussive element.
I'll be all on board for the third film and the soundtrack that'll come kicking in with it if it's the same and more from John Powell.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen, Listen, Listen...,
This review is from: The Bourne Supremacy (Audio CD)I love this soundtrack! I am so glad I bought it. There is not a single track that I will miss. I have been listening to the whole soundtrack since I got the CD. As in most soundtracks, there will be variations of the same theme, but trust me, none of them is boring or repetitive. Of course there is Moby's Extreme Ways, which is excellent. It was not in the TBI soundtrack but fortunately is included this time.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good One,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Bourne Supremacy (Audio CD)For fans of the last John Powell film soundtracks, of whom I am one: this one is similar, perhaps too similar. There are no big surprises here. If you are new to John Powell's music for the "Bourne" films, you will enjoy this album.
It's very nice that the MOBY track "Extreme Ways" is included on this disk.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping,
This review is from: The Bourne Supremacy (Audio CD)A miracle of a score. Everything about this music just WORKS and gets through to the listener: just listening to this music tells you the whole story, it is even unnecesary to watch the movie.
The album does not have a single/main unifying theme. Instead, it has three or four themes that appear in a number of places throughout the album and the movie.
The first one is a thoughtful suspenseful theme which appears in the tracks "Moscow Wind Up" and "Nach Deutschland". A beatiful piece of music, this reflects Jason Bourne's confusion, as he desperately tries to uncover the secrets of his dark past.
The second one is a kinetic, energetic high-adrenaline theme which appears in the track "To the roof". This theme is highly effective in the movie, during the car-chase scenes in Goa and Moscow. Simply gripping!
The third one is a thoughtful and sad theme which opens and closes the story in tracks "Goa" and "Atonement". Words can't describe the beauty and strength of this theme: you have to hear it.
However, I have one major gripe: the second car chase theme which picks up in the end of the movie, during the tunnel sequence of the car-chase is MISSING from the CD. A real pity, because I like that version of the theme much more than its variation at the end of the "To The Roof" track.
All in all - a beauty of an album. Buy it, irregardless of whether you have seen the movie, which is equally brilliant.
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Identity soundtrack,
This review is from: The Bourne Supremacy (Audio CD)Much more funky action packed music. Sense of tension and place, and of course Moby's end track. Great road music too.
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked Film so wanted the music,
This review is from: The Bourne Supremacy (Audio CD)I love the music at the end of the film and wanted to listen to it again and again.
Purely peasonnal as I loved the films.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bourne music,
This review is from: The Bourne Supremacy (Audio CD)I really like the music. I am therefore considering buying the music for all the other Bourne films. I bought it for my son but i probably listen to it more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme, alright,
This review is from: The Bourne Supremacy (MP3 Download)Being a huge fan of the Bourne film trilogy and loving the Identity soundtrack so much, it seemed like a natural progression to embrace The Bourne Supremacy's contribution.
On my first listen all I kept hearing was the original score chopped up and played over, but after watching the film again and noticing the different cues and connections, I began to really appreciate the new tracks by Powell. As with the film, there is a greater depth and complexity of emotion in the music, a persistent edge of retribution fueling the tempo, and a great Eastern flare. While the strong allusions to the previous score serve as a wonderful thematic foundation and remind us of the story's roots, this soundtrack is considerably darker in its portrayal of Bourne's grief, determination to exact revenge despite his dwindling energy and strength, and also the conflict between that and his conscience which plays a large role in the movie. A wonderful correlation is struck between mourning and remorse, first heard in 'Funeral Pyre', once more in 'New Memories' and evolving on to become 'Atonement'.
For me, however, the standout pieces are 'Alexander Platz / Abbotts Confesses' and 'Bim Bam Smash', the former because of the way it winds down halfway through and then suddenly hits an adrenaline rush, and the latter for its grimly ironic title which all too vivddly recollects the destruction going on in the scene. The string segments of 'To the Roof' and 'Berlin Foot Chase' are also incredibly rousing! In fact, the pacing of the soundtrack is just sublime, picking up speed and increasing in urgency as it hurtles toward the climax. There genuinely isn't a sub-par track; they are all fantastic in their own way.
Definitely recommended to any Bourne fan, and even to non-fans, because surely this exhilarating score will entice you to watch the films!
Excited to go and listen to Ultimatum's soundtrack now!
5.0 out of 5 stars Bourne film soundtrack,
This review is from: The Bourne Supremacy (Audio CD)As it says on the tin......atmospheric, absorbing , gripping and tense! very good for listening to in the car or while im playing on my xbox and need some backgroung music.
4.0 out of 5 stars review of bourne cd,
This review is from: The Bourne Supremacy (Audio CD)Very enjoyable I can listen at any time. I don't usually buy film scores but the Bourne films are one of my favourites and I can watch them over again ditto the music.
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